Plan your trip to North Carolina
Nature abounds in North Carolina! At the center of its natural splendor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Showcasing more than 500,000 acres, it is the most visited national park in the United States and teeming with adventures like hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, and bicycling. When autumn arrives, enjoy the vibrant fall foliage. Head to the coast and enjoy the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean and observe marine life on ocean cruises. You’ll love exploring this wilderness wonderland!
Featured Nature Resorts and Lodges in North Carolina
Stay at Ramada Plaza Nags Head Beach, and you'll be surrounded by natural beauty. It can be as simple as walking the beach at sunrise, or you could visit the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. The Elizabethan Gardens are worth seeing as well! Nature's always on display at Ramada Plaza Nags Head Beach!
Located just across the Intracoastal Waterway from a North Carolina barrier island that's accessible by a pontoon bridge - the resort sits in a natural wonderland of white sand beaches and untouched marshlands. Take a nature tour and watch sea turtles hatch or see the nesting ospreys keep watch.
Ocean Isle Inn offers you a truly beautiful setting on the seven mile shoreline of Ocean Isle Beach. Explore the gorgeous beaches, search for seashells, or head into the waters for an incredible adventure. Nearby you can visit many North Carolina plantations, a battleship memorial, and more!
A stay at The Sea Ranch Resort is the perfect way to get out to the beautiful coast of North Carolina and enjoy the beauty of coastal life. Get up a little early and watch the sun rise over the ocean, or walk the endless sandy beaches. Nature's beauty is on full display with a stay at The Sea Ranch Resort!
Reconnect with nature by taking part in any of the hiking-focused programs offered by Chetola Resort. The rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, and lush gorges are sure to rekindle a new appreciation of nature's beauty. There are guided-hikes available to match each skill and experience level.
Situated on the pristine white beaches of North Carolina, with the stunning views of the waves and surf, the sand and sun, you'll get lost in the peaceful rhythms and tranquility of the natural beauty. Enjoy the area with a swim, or a walk on the beach. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, try parasailing or jet skiing!
There's no better way to get close to nature than at Watershed Cabins. Their luxury log cabins are located amongst the lush forests and majestic Smoky Mountains, offering you a truly secluded and natural setting for your North Carolina vacation. Take in all the views as you explore the Tsali trails or spend a day fishing at the Nantahala River....
Greybeard Rentals has partnered with Navitat and French Broad Rafting to offer a one-of-a-kind outdoor vacation package that will have you soaring through the trees and racing over rapids. You'll enjoy a zipline canopy tour through the elegance of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as a whitewater rafting trip down the French Broad River! Explore...
Immerse yourself in the natural setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore the area by taking a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 470-mile parkway considered to be the nation's most scenic highway. Stop off at the scenic overlooks and create your own adventure by navigating one of the many hiking trails.
North Carolina offers you miles of stunning mountain trails to explore. Whether it's scanning the trees for local birds or discovering a waterfall in the woods, natural beauty is all around. When you stay at Mill House Lodge you're in the center of all this wondrous scenery; visit everything from SkyTop Orchard to Chimney Rock Park. You can't get...
Surrounded by the beautiful mountain peaks and plenty of lush forests, the Mountain Lodge & Conference Center is the perfect place for nature lovers to set up camp. When you're not lounging in your spacious accommodation, you can explore the many outdoor opportunities that await just nearby. DuPont State Forest expands over 10,000 acres and...
Get as close to nature as possible with a vacation at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Smoky Mountains and just steps from the shores of Lake Junaluska, there's no place better for a nature adventure than this. Take out a canoe onto the lake for relaxing exploration or enjoy a boat tour...
North Carolina Top List Picks
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