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.
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!
When you stay at Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk you'll be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Simply walk the beach at sunrise or, if you're looking for something more adventures, visit nearby Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. There are plenty of great ways to enjoy nature at Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk!
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.
Reconnect with nature by booking a stay at High Hampton Inn & Country Club in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For a truly unique hike though this beautiful North Carolina landscape, embark on a mountain excursion with a llama -- offered Friday mornings and afternoons!
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!
The Greystone Inn prides itself the natural wonders all around it. Whether you want to rent a pontoon boat and go fishing on Lake Toxaway or simple go for a hike through the forests, there's so much that nature has in store for you. Come be reinvigorated and refreshed by the natural wonders at Greystone Inn!
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.
Discover a getaway that's made for nature-lovers. When you stay at Cataloochee Ranch, you're entering a natural paradise of rolling mountains, deep forests, rivers and streams and much more. Whether you want to hike the back country, fly-fish the streams, or simply take a guided tour through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nature is the star...
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...
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