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Sightseeing and landmarks in North Carolina

Art museums

Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Craft and design (including glass, wood art and jewelry) and contemporary art (from paintings to sculptures to video) shine at this beautiful museum. It’s close enough to other Uptown arts venues to create a day of cultural exploration. (Purchase the $20 Levine Center for the Arts Pass, which grants you access to four of them for 48 hours.)”
  • 59 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a 36,500-square-foot museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. The modern art museum is part of the new Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown. The museum building was designed by architect Mario Botta”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Columbia Museum of Art is a modern art museum and a social hub of the city. I enjoy to take a walk to the museum and seating outside to have a cup of coffee. The museum also has monthly visiting events with block parties, concerts, lectures, art classes and many kid’s programs. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Unique and ever changing art displays. Entry is inexpensive, but the experience feels rich. I love this place for art of all flavors. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is a Durham gem, great museum with permanent and rotating exhibitions, and a great cafe'.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Local museum that often hosts rotating art shows. Be sure to check their website for additional information and times/days open. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Mint Museum is a cultural institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, that comprises Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown. Together these two locations have hundreds of collections showcasing art and design from around the globe.”
  • 14 locals recommend

History museums

Boat or Ferry
“The USS North Carolina is a neat museum to visit because it allows people to explore a real military ship that has been decommissioned. It's also a good option because it works for families with kids age 4 and up, but it's also fun for couples or solo travelers. In addition, the ticket is relatively inexpensive. I believe I paid $10 for mine. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Historic Site
“- About a 12 minute drive from the property. Visit more beautiful beaches and marshlands, and check out the historic site to learn more about Fort Fisher’s role in the Civil War.”
  • 85 locals recommend
History Museum
“This museum doesn’t only explore our city’s past; it shows the intersection of past, present and future. Exhibits and events present an inclusive and thorough examination of the lives and events in Charlotte.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“The South Carolina State Museum has four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium (opened in 2014), 4D interactive theater and an observatory (both opened in 2014). The State Museum, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. It is the largest museum in the state, and is a Smithsonian Affiliate and part of the American Alliance of Museums. Positioned on an old shipping canal (Columbia Canal) that dates back to pre-Civil War times, the museum is widely recognized[citation needed] as a resource for South Carolina history and lifestyle. The museum opened on October 29, 1988 and is housed in what it calls its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mills Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1][2][3] When the mill opened in 1894, manufacturing cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material), it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world. It was also the first major industrial installation for the General Electric corporation. On certain levels of the museum, the original flooring has been kept intact, distinguishable by hundreds of textile brads and rings (that carried the threads during the spinning process) that became embedded in the floor while it was still being used as a mill. The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum is located within the Columbia Mills Building, and is the oldest museum exhibit in Columbia.”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“Historic Civil Rights Museum representing Greensboro's historic demonstrates during this era”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“The Billy Graham Library is a public museum and library documenting the life and ministry of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.”
  • 25 locals recommend
History Museum
“Interesting, Beautiful home with original slave quarters that you can walk through.”
  • 28 locals recommend
History Museum
“Excellent, free museum on the Airborne and Special Operations divisions with free parking. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

State / Provincial Park
“A fun, unique experience to see the visitor center and climb the highest sand dune on the east coast!”
  • 109 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Multiple waterfalls and beautiful Gorge with flowing water! The visitor center is very educational. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“An exhilarating climb to the top of the mountain for glorious views of the North Carolina Mountains. Take Interstate 40 East to I-240 East to Exit #9 (Highway 74A East). Stay on 74A East for 20 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right. (1 Hour)”
  • 83 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“A steep trail & shuttle access this peak, Georgia's highest, offering panoramic views from 4,784-ft.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“A long drive to get there. But worth the trip for the great trail and views ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome views, trails, and you can drive your car to the parking lot at the top - and FREE!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“It is a one way 11 mile loop through an old settlers community. There are old log homes, farms, churches, and short and long hiking trails. There is also a welcome center in the back of the loop.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“If you have good shoes and are looking for a longer hike. Check out the top falls past the first Falls.”
  • 56 locals recommend

Historic sites

Boat or Ferry
“The USS North Carolina is a neat museum to visit because it allows people to explore a real military ship that has been decommissioned. It's also a good option because it works for families with kids age 4 and up, but it's also fun for couples or solo travelers. In addition, the ticket is relatively inexpensive. I believe I paid $10 for mine. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
National Park
“The perfect way to see the mountains if you aren't able to or don't like to hike. Cades Cove is an 11-mile one-way loop that opens daily at 10:00 am and is known for black bear sightings! ”
  • 114 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“One of the most well-known restaurants in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill is an excellent choice to sit down and relax for a "home-cooked meal." We like to go here for lunch to avoid crowds and then walk through the shops afterward. Don't forget to get a picture in front of the mill while you're there!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Historic Site
“- About a 12 minute drive from the property. Visit more beautiful beaches and marshlands, and check out the historic site to learn more about Fort Fisher’s role in the Civil War.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“See where the Wright Brothers took their first flight. Go through the museum, Climb up to the monument (great views!), then go around the back of the monument and let the kids climb on the Wright glider replica!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Theater
“This is a really well done musical play about the first settlers on Roanoke island. It is the longest running outdoor drama in the country for a reason. Best to buy tickets ahead of time. The play does have gunshots and real fire, and it runs late, so it may not be best for young children. Though age 7 or 8 and up will love it! There are also some short walking trails there if you want to go early or go back some other time.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Take a tour of the Grounds, then walk down Main Street for food, cocktails and shopping”
  • 22 locals recommend
Theater
“Our local Play Theater offers many different plays at different times of the year. ”
  • 43 locals recommend

Libraries

Arts & Crafts Store
“In addition to the country's oldest handicraft shop, you will find a museum, two exhibitions, and an American Craft library rich with archives. Visit the Folk Art Center to learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artists. 382 Blue Ridge Parkway | Asheville, NC Jan-Mar: Mon-Sun 9a-5p | April-Dec: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9-5p Daily Craft Demonstrations: March- December 10a-4p”
  • 98 locals recommend
Museum
“The Billy Graham Library is a public museum and library documenting the life and ministry of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Mint Museum is a cultural institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, that comprises Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown. Together these two locations have hundreds of collections showcasing art and design from around the globe.”
  • 14 locals recommend
University
“Founded in 1801, USC's flagship campus sprawls over 300 acres in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The campus features the famously historic Horseshoe, where visitors can go for a leisurely stroll under a variety of established old-growth trees.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“History of Blackbeard the Pirate's pirate ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, that was discovered off the Beaufort Inlet”
  • 21 locals recommend
Library
“Children's library with interactive games and a theater featuring kids plays and shows.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Library
“Visitors will love this and many families travel this road each time they visit.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Library
  • 8 locals recommend
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