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10 Must-Visit Places in North Carolina for a Memorable Vacation

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: This national park is home to stunning mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and abundant wildlife. You can go hiking, camping, fishing, and more in the park.  

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Asheville: This city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its art scene, breweries, and outdoor activities. You can visit the Biltmore Estate, go hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, or take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

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Brevard: This town is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its waterfalls, hiking trails, and wineries. You can visit the DuPont State Recreational Forest, go whitewater rafting on the Whitewater Center, or take a wine tour in the Yancey County wine region.  

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Outer Banks: This string of barrier islands is known for its beautiful beaches, fishing, and water sports. You can also visit the historic town of Corolla or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  

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Charlotte: This city is the largest in North Carolina and is known for its banking industry, sports teams, and museums. You can visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, see a show at the Carolina Panthers stadium, or go shopping at the SouthPark Mall.  

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Raleigh: This city is the capital of North Carolina and is known for its museums, parks, and universities. You can visit the North Carolina Museum of Art, see a show at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, or take a walk through the North Carolina State Capitol.  

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Wilmington: This city is located on the coast of North Carolina and is known for its history, beaches, and breweries. You can visit the North Carolina Azalea Festival, take a ghost tour of the city, or go kayaking on the Cape Fear River.  

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Ashoka: The Lost City of Gold: This outdoor adventure park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its ziplines, ropes courses, and treehouses. You can go on a guided tour of the park or explore it on your own.  

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Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg: These two towns are located in the Great Smoky Mountains and are known for their amusement parks, outlet malls, and restaurants. You can visit Dollywood, go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or take a dinner cruise on the Pigeon River.  

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site: This historic site is located in the Outer Banks and is known for its role in the early history of North Carolina. You can visit the reconstructed fort, see a reenactment of the first English settlement in the New World, or take a walk through the nature trails.