Airborne and Special Operations Museum

The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is part of the United State Army Museum System, and it has been open to the public since 2000. The main gallery is arranged in chronological order, with exhibits dating from the 1940s to the present. The doors opened on 16 August 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original Test Platoon’s first parachute jump. The museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story all theater, a git shop and a motion simulator ride that features two experiences.
Location: 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Website: asomf.org

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The museum located in Raleigh. It was first museum to ever be established in North Carolina, and it is the largest natural science museum on the largest natural science museum on the Southeast. The museum is made up of four components: The Nature Exploration Center (NEC), The Nature Research Center, The Prairie Ridge Ecostation, and North Carolina Museum of Forestry.
Location: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Website: naturalsciences.org

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate One of North Carolina’s mustsee attractions is the Biltmore Estate, one of the top attractions in Asheville. At the center of an 8,000-acre compound, the Vanderbilt Mansion is the largest private home in the United States. The mansion has 250 rooms with impressive artwork, antiques, and architecture, as well as collections of vintage clothing and accessories. The estate’s gardens are expansive, including the Italian Garden, with its ornate pools and sculpture, and the Rose Garden, which features more than 250 varieties. The grounds also include the first managed forest in the country, a deer park, and miles of level paths and walking trails throughout. There are many dining options throughout the estate and shopping and entertainment in Antler Hill Village.
Location: 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina
Website: biltmore.com

Chimney Rock State Park

25 miles southeast of Asheville, a 315-ft granite spire rises to an elevation of more than 2,280 ft in Chimney Rock State Park. There is a 26 story elevator built inside the mountain, making the trip to the top an easy excursion for tourist. Also within the park, the Hickory Nut Falls Trail is a moderate, mostly-level trail to the base of the. 404-foot Hickory Nut falls.
Location: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Website: chimneyrockpark.com

Moores Creek National Battlefield

The Moores Creek National Battlefield commemorates the Patriot’s victory in the 1776 Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. At the visitor center, visitors can learn about the battle through a number of exhibits and an audio-visual program. The park also features a panic area, a campsite that visitors can use at no charge and a short but pleasant colonial forest walk.
Location: 40 Patriots Hall Dr. Currie, NC 28435
Website: nps.gov

Blue Ridge Parkway

Nick-name “America’s favorite drive” the 469-bile blue ridge parkway was designed by landscape architect Stanley Abbott whose vision was to create a road that was far more than just a way to get from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, with its scenic hiking trails. The drive itself has incredible view of the Blue Ridge mountains and the surrounding landscape, and the road is popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists for its endless scenery. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that branch off from the numerous pull-offs, picnic areas, and campgrounds that line the road. Tourists will find the parkway most crowded in October during foliage season, while summer visitors can enjoy the colors of flaming azaleas and rhodedendrons.
Website: nps.gov/blri/index.htm

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, located at the University of North Carolina in the heart of Chapel Hill, has been a stop for more than seven million guests since first opening in 1949. The center presents more than 15 planetarium topics like black holes, Galileo, astronauts. Permanent exhibits in the Science Center explore a variety of topics, including the planetarium’s proud history as a training center for astronauts. From 1959 through 1975, more than 60 astronauts learned about celestial navigation here, including the majority of those who walked on the moon. Other exhibits include Water in Our World, which looks at the importance of clean and accessible water as the earth’s most importance of clean and accessible water as the earth’s most important resource, and Fists and Flight, which illustrates the important contributions that African Americans made to the progress of aviation and space exploration.
Location: 250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Website: moreheadplanetarium.org

Grandfather Mountain

Hiking at Grandfather Mountain in Linville ranges from leisurely trails with picturesque views to challenging treks that could include ladders and rewards with mountainous panoramas. Visitors can also learn about local flora, or catch a glimpse of wildlife. Plan a walk across the park’s well-known Mile High Swinging Bridge, a highlight that has been in place since 1952 and offers 360- degree views.
Location: 2050 Blowing Rock Hwvy, Linville North Carolina
Website: grandfather.com

Wright Brothers Memorial

The Wright Brothers were the first people to successfully fly an airplane, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial pays homage to this feat. The memorial showcases the exact places where the brother’s first airplanes took off and landed, and there are also several reconstructed buildings designed to show what their working conditions were like. There is also a visitor centers, which features several educational displays about the Wright brothers as well as exact replicas of two flying machines that date back to 1902 and 1903. Visitors must purchase ticket to view the memorial.

Location: 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954

Website: https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

Universities

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

A public institution that was founded in 1789. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,862, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 729 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 30.

The University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, often referred to as UNC, offers a wide range of student activities. Popular student organizations include The Daily Tarheel, UNC’s student newspaper, and WXYC, the student-run radio station. Nearly 20 percent of students are members of Greek life. Chapel Hill, which surrounds UNC, is often considered one of the best college towns in the country, offering music, restaurants and shopping. Almost half of all undergraduates live on campus in one of the residence halls or apartment complexes. The North Carolina Tar Heels are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and are known for their men’s basketball team, which maintains a storied rivalry with nearby institution Duke University and is one of the most successful programs in college basketball. Former players include Michael Jordan and Vince Carter.

North Carolina State University – Raleigh

North Carolina State University—Raleigh is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,150, its setting is city, and the campus size is 2,112 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina State University— Raleigh’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 80.

North Carolina State University, also known as NC State, is the largest four-year college in the state. As such, students have a surplus of choices, from more than 100 programs to major in to more than 580 clubs and organizations to join. The university has a large Greek community that fields about 13 percent of the student body. For other extracurricular activities, students can check out annual events in Raleigh, such as the North Carolina State Fair and Winterfest. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 80 percent choose to. On the sports fields, NC State is known as The Wolfpack and competes in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke University

A private institution that was founded in 1938. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,692, and the setting is Suburban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Duke University’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best College is National Universities, 8.

Durham, North Carolina, which surrounds Duke’s campus, offers a variety of activities including shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s “Bull City” nickname comes from the Blackwell Tobacco Company’s Bull Durham Tobacco. Students at Duke are required to live on campus for their first three years, and freshmen live together on the East Campus. The Duke Blue Devils maintain a fierce rivalry with the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Tar Heels and are best known for their outstanding men’s baseball program, which is one of the top five most wins all-time college basketball program in the country.

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina A&T State University is a public institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,341, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 795 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina A&T State University’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, or North Carolina A&T, is a historically black school and one of several engineering colleges in the state. Students can live on the school’s campus in Greensboro in traditional residence halls or Living and Learning Communities, which group students based on interests, including Project M.A.R.C.H. (Male Aggies Resolved to Change History) and S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (Students Inspiring Success Through Education Reform and Service).

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,102, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wake Forest University’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 27.

Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just a few hours by car from skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains or relaxing on the beaches of South Carolina. Campus Recreation offers intramural sports and outdoor trips such as kayaking on the New River, hanggliding and sky-diving. The Demon Deacons, Wake’s athletic teams, are members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. When Wake Forest played rival Duke University in 1922 and won, a local reporter described the Wake players as “Demon Deacons,” and thus, the mascot was born. Students must live on campus for six semesters in one of the residence halls. Greek organizations play a big role at Wake Forest, with a membership consisting of almost half of the student body.