Highest-rated things to do in North Carolina, according to Tripadvisor

Highest-rated things to do in North Carolina, according to Tripadvisor

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By Stacker

June 26, 2024

Whether you’re a family of five traveling in a recreational vehicle or a duo of friends looking for a quick getaway in North Carolina, read on for a list of sights you could easily plan a trip around.

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Over in Arizona, you might be surprised to find that it’s not just the Grand Canyon that tempts travelers to its desert landscape—it’s also one-of-a-kind venues like the Musical Instrument Museum, where music enthusiasts can find over 7,500 instruments from 200 countries around the world.
Indeed, even if you’ve lived in North Carolina your whole life, you might be surprised by just how many top-rated things you’ve yet to cross off your list.
From architectural wonders and picturesque views to historical museums and other must-see sights, you’ll find your appreciation for North Carolina reignited just by reading through this list of top-rated things to do. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated things to do in North Carolina using data from Tripadvisor.
Tripadvisor ranks places using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, an activity with a 5 out of 5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4 out of 5. Data is as of June 3, 2024.
Whether you’re a family of five traveling in a recreational vehicle or a duo of friends looking for a quick getaway in North Carolina, read on for a list of sights you could easily plan a trip around.
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#30. Asheville Pinball Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (950 reviews)
– Address: 1 Battle Square Ste 1B Asheville, North Carolina
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#29. Topsail Island

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,110 reviews)
– Address: 818 Ocean Blvd. Surf City, North Carolina
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#28. Greensboro Science Center

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,316 reviews)
– Address: 4301 Lawndale Drive Greensboro, North Carolina
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#27. Airlie Gardens

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,132 reviews)
– Address: 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, North Carolina
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#26. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,572 reviews)
– Address: 374 Airport Road off US 64 Manteo, North Carolina
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#25. The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild)

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,430 reviews)
– Address: Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway Southern Highland Craft Guild Asheville, North Carolina
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#24. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

– Rating: 5/5 (1,435 reviews)
– Address: 100 Sierra Nevada Way Mills River, North Carolina
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#23. Bodie Island Lighthouse

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,190 reviews)
– Address: 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road Nags Head, North Carolina
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#22. JOLO Winery & Vineyards

– Rating: 5/5 (930 reviews)
– Address: 219 Jolo Winery Lane Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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#21. Pullen Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,299 reviews)
– Address: 520 Ashe Ave. Raleigh, North Carolina
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#20. Mingo Falls

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,238 reviews)
– Address: Big Cove Road Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cherokee, North Carolina
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#19. Currituck Beach Lighthouse

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,271 reviews)
– Address: 1101 Corolla Village Road Corolla, North Carolina
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#18. Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum

– Rating: 5/5 (1,450 reviews)
– Address: 62 Vintage Lane Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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#17. North Carolina Museum of Art

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,842 reviews)
– Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh, North Carolina
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#16. NASCAR Hall of Fame

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,493 reviews)
– Address: 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd. Charlotte, North Carolina
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#15. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,635 reviews)
– Address: 431 Main St. Chimney Rock, North Carolina
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#14. Grandfather Mountain

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,236 reviews)
– Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway Linville, North Carolina
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#13. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,633 reviews)
– Address: 46379 Lighthouse Road Buxton, North Carolina
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#12. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

– Rating: 5/5 (2,211 reviews)
– Address: 420 Anderson St. Duke University Durham, North Carolina
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#11. Dry Falls

– Rating: 5/5 (1,639 reviews)
– Address: Us-64 Highlands, North Carolina
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#10. Jockey’s Ridge State Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,334 reviews)
– Address: 300 West Carolista Drive Nags Head, North Carolina
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#9. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,338 reviews)
– Address: 11 West Jones St. Raleigh, North Carolina
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#8. The North Carolina Arboretum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,812 reviews)
– Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, North Carolina
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#7. International Civil Rights Center & Museum

– Rating: 5/5 (1,910 reviews)
– Address: 134 South Elm St. Greensboro, North Carolina
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#6. Billy Graham Library

– Rating: 5/5 (2,502 reviews)
– Address: 4330 Westmont Drive Charlotte, North Carolina
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#5. Wright Brothers National Memorial

– Rating: 4.5/5 (4,446 reviews)
– Address: 1000 North Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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#4. Battleship North Carolina

– Rating: 4.5/5 (3,616 reviews)
– Address: 1 Battleship Road Wilmington, North Carolina
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#3. Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm

– Rating: 5/5 (2,080 reviews)
– Address: 2120 Brevard Road Hendersonville, North Carolina
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#2. Blue Ridge Parkway

– Rating: 5/5 (6,995 reviews)
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#1. Biltmore

– Rating: 4.5/5 (27,713 reviews)
– Address: 1 Lodge St. Asheville, North Carolina
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This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Michelle No, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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