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About North Carolina

Whether you’re looking for beach, urban or rustic views, North Carolina has you covered with its 300 miles of scenic Atlantic coastline, booming cities, and towering mountain peaks farther inland. It is a state where winters are mild, spring and fall are pleasantly long, and summers are sultry. When planning your visit, choose from a variety of North Carolina vacation rentals, which provide all of the comforts of home with the attractions you came to see right at your fingertips.

Regions of North Carolina

Three distinct regions make up the Southern state of North Carolina: the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont and the Appalachian Mountains. The Coastal Plain lies primarily at sea level along the Atlantic and is home to pristine white sandy beaches. Visitors in search of sand between their toes will enjoy charming beach spots along the Crystal Coast or Outer Banks. The Piedmont borders the Coastal Plain and is characterized by rolling hills. Cities like Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and Winston-Salem give the area a cosmopolitan vibe with a Southern twist. The Appalachian Mountains have some of the highest mountain peaks east of the Rockies and this region is renowned for its natural beauty. If you’re planning a long stay, book a North Carolina vacation rental in each region, so you can explore all that the state has to offer.

Things to do

With wonderful temperate weather and varied geography, North Carolina offers loads of outdoor fun. Along the coast, golfing, sunning at the beach, and shopping can keep visitors busy. Roanoke Island is the home of the first English colony, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum here is a popular spot on the Outer Banks for vacationers to learn a bit of history. The Piedmont region has something for everyone. Here, sports fans enjoy the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. Foodies savor delectable dining in Durham, the “South’s Tastiest Town” and history buffs delight in the restored historic area of Old Salem. In the mountains, the seasons will dictate your stay with colorful foliage in the fall, snowy trails in the winter, crisp, fresh air in the spring and refreshing river adventures in the summer. The Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway and Cherokee Indian Reservation are some of the highlights in this part of the state.

Shopping

North Carolina has wonderful outlet shopping destinations throughout the state. The Tangier Outlets in Manteo are less than a five-mile drive north for visitors staying in Nags Head. For shoppers near Topsail Island, Smithfield has almost 90 stores and is about a two-hour drive from the coast. It’s the incredible furniture shopping farther inland that North Carolina is really known for, though. Between Lenoir and Hickory stretches the renowned “20 Miles of Furniture” dominated by the industry’s leading retailers. Any serious bargain-hunter looking for furniture should make the trek to this part of the state.

Food

A staple of North Carolina cuisine is barbecue pulled pork. Each region has its own method of cooking the meat and you’ll taste differences among all the flavorful sauces. Locals and visitors also relish delicious dishes like sweet potato casserole and Calabash-style seafood. Take a night off from feasting on heavy Southern treats, to sip on award-winning local wines and sample moonshine from the comfort of your North Carolina vacation rental.

Outer Banks Rentals

Outer Banks vacation rentals give visitors a “getting away from it all experience.”  Outer Banks homes can be found up and down the Outer Banks.  Guests looking for OBX vacation rentals frequently pick Corolla, as well as  two other well-liked locations in Duck and Kill Devil Hills.  We recommend reserving Nags Head real estate rentals months in advance. Outer Banks vacation rentals are offered in an array of locations, sizes, and price ranges.  Outer Banks properties include luxury Outer Banks homes, reasonable condominiums and large single-family homes.  Numerous Outer Banks vacation rentals offer waterfront access and can face the Atlantic Ocean or the Albemarle Sound (soundfront).

Visitors staying in OBX rentals enjoy the beach.  Other top pastimes for guests in Outer Bank are fishing, kayaking, kite flying, biking, windsurfing, and golfing.  Tourists lodging in Outer Banks vacation rentals can go to Kitty Hawk to see where the Wright Brothers made their first flights in 1903.

While Outer Banks rental homes allows for fantastic dining-in, numerous vacationers take advantage of amazing local dining scenes.  Visitors staying in Nags Head head over to Dunes Restaurant for the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and extensive children’s menu.

North Carolina Weather

The weather for vacationers staying in North Carolina can strike perfection.  Guests experience summer temperatures up to the low 90s degrees Fahrenheit. In winter months, visitors can get temperatures in the low 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The Smoky Mountains provide cooler temperatures in summer months.  Temperatures can range up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in the mountain ranges than what guests staying in Outer Banks usually receive.

When to Visit North Carolina

Visitors find staying in North Carolina irresistible no matter what the season.  Many vacationers schedule rental reservations for one of these events:
  • Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in August in Cary.  Cary is a two-hour drive for guests staying in Topsail beach rentals.
  • In October, visitors enjoy the Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville or the Barbeque Festival in Lexington.  Statesville is a two-hour drive east for vacationers lodging in Lake Lure lakefront rentals.  North Carolina cabin rentals in Lake Lure are 150 miles west from Lexington.
  • “Unto These Hills… A Retelling” is a fantastic outdoor drama performed during the summer in Cherokee.  Of all the cabin rentals Smoky Mountains have to offer, Cherokee North Carolina cabin rentals are the best accommodations for visitors coming to see this performance.  Other Smokey Mountains cabins make sense if North Carolina cabin rentals in Cherokee are not available.  Maggie Valley vacation rentals, for example, are 80 miles east of Cherokee.
Travelers find staying in North Carolina vacation rentals irresistible no matter what the season. Relax on the coast, feel the energy in the city, or unwind in the mountains. There’s a memory waiting to be made by everyone who visits.
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