9 Most Beautiful Places In North Carolina, According To Locals

The Outer Banks

Although North Carolina has stunning mountains, its 3,375 miles of coastline keep up. Such as the Outer Banks. The Outer Banks have North Carolina's best beaches.

Biltmore Estate

Asheville visitors should visit Biltmore Estate, which Theresa Chiettini, general manager of The Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant & Spa in Pittsboro, recommends.

Airlie Gardens

Live oaks covered in Spanish moss, hundreds of flowering azaleas and vivid tulips, and lush greenery blanket Airlie Gardens, a 67-acre private garden in Wilmington that Mary Ann Fearing.

Shackleford Banks

" Shack, as we call it, is a tiny island off Beaufort and one of the most beautiful places in the state," adds Fearing. Take the ferry or a private boat to reach the 8-mile island, but it's worth it.

Cherohala Highway

A 43-mile picturesque byway from Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina, Girgenti calls Cherohala Highway breathtaking. How frequently you stop to enjoy the vistas and picture possibilities may make the journey take two to three hours.

Highlands Waterfalls

Simply put on your waterproof hiking shoes and get in the vehicle to view some of the area's most stunning waterfalls, including Dry Falls, Glen Falls, and Secret Falls.

The Swag

Chiettini recommends the Relais & Chateaux Swag, a hotel near Asheville with a great view of the Appalachian mountains and good hiking. Guests rent the resort because of its hilltop location, about a mile high.

The Brunswick Islands' Beaches

All year long, Brunswick Islands beaches are gorgeous, but one season is especially spectacular. Bounsanga states Oak Island, Holden Beach, Caswell Beach, Sunset Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach provide dawn.

Linville Gorge

Often called the Grand Canyon of the East, Linville Gorge is one of my favorite East Coast hikes, adds Girgenti. "With some gorge cliffs over 1,000 feet, Linville offers some of the most beautiful and exhilarating hikes.