Located in the south east of the USA, North and South Carolina are states known for their natural beauty from the mountains to the coast. Aside from historic treasures there are many other reasons to visit, including a mild climate, wide sandy beaches, championship golf courses, activities for all to enjoy and fun-filled events year-round.
In North Carolina the central Piedmont region is a metropolitan hub which includes the cities of Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. In the state capital, Raleigh, take in the quiet Oakwood Historic District, enjoy a play, visit a museum or simply stroll along the wide city streets filled with tall and impressive buildings along with many friendly pubs and cafes.
For colonial history visit Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, where you can see the original settlement of the Moravians (German-speaking Protestants) who called the area home more than 250 years ago. Another authentic and well-document colonial site can be found at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, which has more than 100 restored and reconstructed buildings. For a taste of the present, check out the Downtown Arts District, once known for its bustling tobacco market, this area is now a sea of happening galleries.
In the Outer Banks region of North Carolina you can see where the Wright brothers took flight; visit the country's first national seashore where you'll find a refuge for more than just wildlife; climb any of the four coastal lighthouses, including Cape Hatteras – America's tallest - for amazing views.
If time allows, take in the the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spill over from neighbouring Tennessee and can be accessed from Asheville or Cherokee. From Asheville you can head out and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, a breathtakingly scenic drive spanning 252 miles with protected peaks, wetlands and trailheads around every curve.
It's no secret that Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an historic downtown district, beautiful oceanfront and second-to-none restaurant scene. Tour the city by horse-drawn carriage before strolling through the French Quarter and then head for the City Market, which serves as a hub for shopping, sampling and socialising. Art lovers can browse galleries throughout the city, foodies can inulge in authentic Southern fare and everyone can soak up the sun on an inviting beach.
Talking of beaches, there are twelve miles of glistening sandy shores on Hilton Head Island. There's few better places to enjoy easy days relaxing in the sun, sand and surf, or perhaps you'd prefer to get into the swing of things on one of over 20 world-class golf courses? There's also biking and hiking, fishing and kayaking or shopping and cultural sights aplenty.
Adventure also awaits at Myrtle Beach, a destination renowned for its exceptional golf courses and beautiful 60 mile coastline. Golfing and beaching are far from all you'll find in Myrtle Beach, however, as diversions also include giant shopping complexes, trendy markets, Vegas-style live performance and concert venues, amusement and water parks, an award-winning aquarium and much, much more.
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The flying time from the UK to Raleigh, North Carolina is around 8 hours 30 minutes, while Charlotte is 9 hours flying time. Flights to Charleston, South Carolina take around 12 hours with one stop, although a non-stop flight will be available from April 2019.
With mild and pleasant weather all year there’s not a bad time to visit either North or South Carolina. Spring delivers warm days; summer is hot and sunny so perfect for lazing on the beaches; autumn brings vibrant colours and milder temperatures and is great for mountain adventures; while winters are never too harsh so ideal for sightseeing or a round of golf!.
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This horse-drawn carriage tour will reveal over 300 years of Charleston’s history as you clip-clop along. The one hour tour covers 30 blocks of the historic district with views of landscaped gardens, antebellum mansions, churches and other treasured landmarks. Available daily from Charleston excluding 25 Dec.
Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality and this ticket allows you enjoy a self-guided tour of the house as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds. Available daily in Asheville.