Piedmont North Carolina Vacation Spots

The Piedmont of North Carolina has many places of interest and things to do. Visit the State capital in Raleigh. Ride a roller coaster or the waves at Carowinds in Charlotte. Explore historic sites, museums and art galleries. Watch wildlife in the wild or at the State Zoo. Enjoy a NASCAR race at Lowes Motor Speedway. Go fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, golfing ....

Key points of interest:

  • Raleigh - State Capital
  • Paramount Carowinds - Charlotte
  • North Carolina Transportation Museum - Spencer
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens - Belmont near Charlotte
  • Lowes Motor Speedway - NASCAR - Concord
  • Lake Norman
  • Uwharrie National Forest near Albemarle
  • North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro
  • Lumber River State Park - National Wild and Scenic River -  Lumberton
  • Amtrak connections -Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte
  • Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Center - Scotland Neck
  • Duke University Chapel - Durham
  • Alamance Battleground - Revolutionary War battle - Burlington
  • Old Salem - Moravian community founded 1766
  • Hanging State Park - trails, vistas, waterfalls, caves, ridges - Pilot Mountain, Mt. Airy, Danbury

Cities/Towns

Albemarle - theater, vineyards, winery, Morrow Mountain State Park, museums.

Asheboro - North Carolina Zoo, aviation museum, motorcycle museum, historic covered bridge.

Belmont - Abbey Monastery historic district, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden located on Lake Wylie, nature walk.

Boiling Springs - Broad River Greenway - canoeing, tubing, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding.

Burlington  1910 Carousel, Alamance Battleground State historic site, museums, historical working farm, vineyards, winery, Whistlestop exhibit.

Cary - Hemlock bluffs nature preserve, Stevens Nature center.

Catawba - Historic Murray's Gristmill, folk art museum.

Chapel Hill - art museum, UNC, historic sites, Jordan Lake Educational State forest, wildlife viewing,, children's museum, Moorehead planetarium, science center, North Carolina Botanical Garden, nature trails, NC Collection gallery.

Charlotte -Carowinds, museums, historic sites, regional farmers market, Discovery place, historic plantation, ImaginOn center, Nature center and preserve, view wildlife, art museum, water park, UNC Charlotte, botanical gardens, Lake Norman, US National Whitewater center, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking trails.

Clemmons 0 largest handmade cookie company in world, Tanglewood Park with arboretum, rose garden, golf courses, horseback riding, tennis and canoe rentals.

Concord - More car museum, Lowe's motor speedway for Nascar racing, museums, Motorsports exhibits, race shop, concord mills with 200 outlet and specialty stores.

Danbury - Hanging Rock State Park with hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, swimming.

Dobson -3 vineyards.

Dunn - Averasboro Civil War Battle field museum and cemetery, General William C. Lee Airborne museum and mansion,

Durham - historic sites, Duke university, museums, Eno River State Park, birdwatching, boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, picnicking, Athletic park, art museums, country store, Falls lake recreation area, Duke Gardens, golf courses, historic AME church, flea market.

Fayetteville -Fort Bragg army base, airborne operations museum, cape fear Botanical garden, nature trails, children's museum, transportation museum, ranch, more museums.

Four Oaks - Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, Howell woods Environmental learning center with swamps and trails.

Gastonia - military museum, natural history museum and planetarium.

Goldsboro - museums, historical village.

Greensboro - Blandwood mansion, gardens,, children's museum, historical sites, Guilford courthouse national military park, natural science center, historic district, winery, A&T state university, art museum, Wet n Wild Emerald Pointe water park with slides, tube rides, tsunami pool, water coaster and cable glides.

Henderson - historic district, Kerr Lake State recreation area, fishing, hiking, drive-in theater, museum.

Hickory - Catawba furniture mall, science center, furniture museum art museum.

Hiddenite - historic Mansion, art gallery, gem mine, farm with hayrides.

High Point - doll museum, historical sites, health education center, museums, Lake park with boating, fishing, tennis, camping, picnic areas, environmental center with hiking trails, World's largest chest of drawers.

Hillsborough - historic sites, gardens, Occaneechi Indian village, Occoneechee mountain state natural area with hiking trails and scenic overlooks, museums.

Hope Mills - Fantasy lake water park with water slides, paddle boats and more.

Huntersville - Carolina Raptor center, nature trails, nuclear site, Lake Norman, plantation, nature preserve, lake.

Jamestown - gold mill, rock quarry, Mendenhall Plantation, World's largest highboy.

Kannapolis - Dale Earnhardt's hometown, Cannon textile museum.

Kings Mountain - Revolutionary war site, Crowder's mountain state park with lake, Kings Mountain Fire museum.

Laurinburg - historic downtown, Victorian house, cotton gin, Scottish heritage center.

Lexington -Bob Timberlake Gallery, Boone's Cave park with hiking trails and fishing, vineyards, historical museum, High Rock Lake, historic uptown, BBQ.

Lumberton - museum, Planetarium, science center, agricultural center, farmer's market.

Madison - Dan River float trips

Midland - Reed Gold mine.

Mooresville - near Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt INC showroom, Lazy 5 ranch, museum, NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Robert Yates racing.

Mt. Airy - Drive-in Theatre, Blue ridge parkway, foothills, historic downtown, historic sites and places, museums, winery, vineyards, open face granite quarry.

Pembroke - Native American resource center, Strike at the Wind outdoor drama.

Pinehurst - golf, Sandhills Horticultural gardens, archives library.

Pittsboro - Preservation trust with wildlife tours, historic sites, museums, gardens, Haw River, winery.

Princeton - Powell gardens.

Raleigh - state capital, IMAX theater, gardens, historic sites, arboretum, NC State university, art museum, natural science museum, capitol buildings, State farmer's market, William B. Umstead State park with hiking trails, bridle trails and biking.

Roanoke Rapids - theaters, shopping, convention center, museum, hiking trail.

Rocky Mount - Battle Park, children's museum, science center.

Roxboro - Hyco Lake, Mayo lake, museum.

Salisbury - park with lake and campground, historic downtown, historic national cemetery and Confederate prison site, vineyard, winery, museum.

Scotland Neck - Sylvan Heights Waterfowl park and eco center.

Seagrove - Pottery center, museum.

Smithfield - Ava Gardner museum, Carolina Premium outlet stores.

Snow Camp - Revolutionary war site, historic outdoor theater.

Southern Pines - historic sites, Taxidermy hall of fame, museum, Sandhills nature preserve.

Statesville - historic sites, motorsports museum, historic downtown, museums.

Thomasville - NC Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Oldest railroad depot in NC, World's largest chair.

Troutman - Lake Norman, picnic areas, swimming, canoe, rowboat, paddle boat rentals, camping, fishing, hiking, boat launch.

Wadesboro - Pee Dee National wildlife refuge, planetarium and science center.

Waxhaw - Listen and Remember outdoor drama, museums, Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson memorial museum.

Wilson - historic downtown, museums, rose garden.

Winston-Salem - children's museum, historic park, museum of anthropology, Wake Forest university, Gardens, Reynolda House museum of art, Skyworks, center for contemporary art, winery, museums.