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Whether you're in search of a lazy beach vacation, a grueling but rewarding mountain adventure or a fun-filled family trip, North Carolina has something for everyone. The Appalachian Mountains provide stunning natural vistas, while the pristine beaches offer swimming, snorkeling, and surfing in the Atlantic Ocean. Cities like Charlotte and Asheville also provide plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options for all ages to enjoy. However, some things are uniquely North Carolina as well, such as these must-see attractions.

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1. Biltmore Estate and Gardens

Take a step back into the Gilded Age by visiting this sprawling historic estate. The 8,000-acre grounds include gorgeously maintained gardens and miles of hiking trails to explore, and the 250-room chateau is maintained as a living museum open for self-guided tours. Stop in for a wine tasting at the vineyard on the grounds, and enjoy gourmet field-to-table dining at one of the restaurants in the small village located on the grounds.

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