North Carolina is known well for the state having the best of both worlds. There is the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other side with great city life in between. When I first moved to this state I was completely amazed at how much greenery there is all over the state. I am from Kansas, we do have trees and grass but there is a lot more greenery here than there. I have been to my fair share of places all over my home state of North Carolina. Below I will list a few cities that I have been to in North Carolina and highly recommend going to. Included in the list will be places that I have gone to within the city to give a broader idea of the town.
Cities to Go to in North Carolina:
Raleigh is a wonderful city to go to with a lot to do. My favorite place to go to in Raleigh is Falls Lake. There are several entrances to get into and out of the park. Some entrances cost $6 USD to get in but others cost nothing to get into. There is also many different museums, parks, shopping centers and etc. to go to. I highly recommend this city to visit.
This town is a short drive away from Raleigh. Below is a picture of some penguins in the Greensboro Science Center. My husband and I had a blast here, all of the staff here was friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable and kind towards the animal. This is a great place for families to go.
This town is nestled in the mountains. My husband and I drive through this town on our way to and from Tennessee. The most famous landmark in this town is the Biltmore Estate. This is a very beautiful but costly landmark to go to. The picture below is of the entrance to get to the Biltmore Estate. Eventually I would love to go back and see it, but for now this town is different and beautiful.
Wilmington is the town right before you get to Wrightsville Beach. There is a few really amazing things to do in Wilmington. My favorite is the USS North Carolina, you can tour the ship. The volunteers and guides are very knowledgeable and helpful about the history of the ship. Just beware the ship does not get air conditioning in some spots so at times it is very hot inside if it is hot outside. There are tight quarters and stairs to climb. I do highly suggest this city for its beauty.
5.) Carolina Beach
This is my all time favorite beach to go to in North Carolina at the moment. There are places to park for free, it is less crowded and has beautiful water. I was very amazed by how clean the beach was as well. I highly suggest this beach if you like less crowded beaches, free places to park and places to use the bathroom that are close.
This city holds the North Carolina Zoo, this zoo the nations largest walk through zoo. This is one of the biggest zoos I have ever been to besides San Diego. My husband and I went in the winter time so a few animals were not out because of the cooler air. There is a geyser there, it is really neat to see. I recommend this city because of the zoo.
7.) Wrightsville Beach
This is North Carolina’s most popular beach to go to because it is the closest to most cities further in from the coast. From Raleigh it takes 2 hours to get to. This beach costs from $20 USD dollars to park and is a bit more populated than most beaches in North Carolina. There is plenty to do, eat and shop in this town. There are very few public restrooms near some entrances to the beach. This is a very well kept beach area though, so I suggest it but make sure you do your research ahead of time.
8.) Top Sail
My husband and I have been here twice. Once to meet friends and the other time just a spur of the moment weekend trip. This beach area is well kept, has free parking and there are port a potties in several locations. This beach had a great collection of shells left over from sea animals that went from one shell to the other. During the summer months they also have a turtles that come and lay their eggs, so there are parts that are marked off. This beach is less crowded than most beach locations in North Carolina, I definitely suggest it for the easiness of access to do things in this beach town.
9.) Surf City
Surf City is located right next to Top Sail. This beach area offers free places to park and a pier that costs $1 USD to walk out on. This cost is to put the dollar towards upkeep and repairs on the pier. The pier offered some amazing views from the end. This beach area is less populated than many of the North Carolina beaches. I definitely suggest this beach for a beach location to go to.
10.) Outer Banks
The outer banks include many cities in one area. This beach area is located near Virginia but has plenty to offer to do, see, shop, eat and have fun. This beach area is one of the neatest beach places I have ever been to. This area is family friendly and offers plenty of places to park, use the bathroom and go to different areas on the beach. I highly recommend this beach area for all it has to offer to do. I suggest going to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as well, it is so tall and a great sight to check out.
As you can see there are so many beautiful towns with plenty to do within the town. There is a lot more that I would love to do and see all over North Carolina. You have a choice between the mountains, in between towns and the ocean. Each beach town is different from the next, some have you pay to park where others it is free to park. Do your research about this before you pick a beach to go to. Wrightsville you have to pay, whereas Top Sail you do not have to park. Some beach towns also do not have bathrooms neat the pier, but some do. There is a lot to think about before you head to the beach towns. There are other towns such as High Point, Charlotte, Blowing Rock and so much more that I have heard wonderful things about. Some of which are the cities I am eager to explore this year.
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Stay tuned this week to learn about my move from Kansas to North Carolina, all the ups and downs of moving away from everything you have ever known. In that post I will share what I have in store for the next week. I am also thrilled to announce we will have another hometown series this month, so definitely stay tuned for that. See you soon!