Visit North Carolina: Flower fans shouldn’t miss Craggy Gardens. The high-elevation summits boast some of the most spectacular floral displays along the Parkway, including a rhododendron garden that bursts with June color.
Visit North Carolina: This spot offers offers gorgeous waterfalls, hiking trails and spectacular views. Try Wiseman’s View, Table Rock, Hawksbill Mountain and Shortoff Mountain for the best views of Linville Gorge.
Visit North Carolina: The otters enjoy putting on a playful show to delight visitors of all ages. Be sure to also stop and see the sea turtles, including Nimbus, a unique little loggerhead named for his golden coloring.
Visit North Carolina: Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit opened here in June 2011. Sail through the museum's collection of lore and artifacts raised from the Beaufort Inlet, where the ship ran aground in 1718.
Visit North Carolina: Take a ride with Captain El across the water to Cape Lookout Lighthouse or Shackleford Banks. Keep your camera handy. You just might spot dolphins, sea turtles or wild horses along the way!
Visit North Carolina: Stand at the spot of the Wrights' first 4 flights, which took place Dec. 17, 1903. The first flight was just 40 yards and took 12 seconds, a time easily beat by a child or adult's easy jog. Try it!
Visit North Carolina: Come here to fish, surf, shop for souvenirs or just enjoy the waves and sun. The pier also offers fishing, science and education classes for little anglers as well as kids 12 and up.
Visit North Carolina: Did you know Corolla is home to 120+ wild horses? These descendants of Spanish mustangs have been here 400+ years. Find them on the northernmost beaches, but remember: Stay 50' away and do not feed!