Central North Carolina

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Duke Chapel

    Duke University | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Gothic-style gem built in the early 1930s, this chapel is the centerpiece of Duke University. Modeled after England's Canterbury Cathedral...Read More

  • 2. High Point Museum and Historical Park


    Wander through the 1786 John Haley House and the 1801 Hoggatt House, where rotating exhibits highlight Piedmont history and Quaker heritage...Read More

  • 3. Historic Bethabara Park

    University | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Set in a wooded 183-acre wildlife preserve, this was the site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The reconstructed village...Read More

  • 4. Museum of Life and Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This interactive science park on 84 acres is packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity. There’s a two-story science...Read More

  • 5. North Carolina Botanical Garden

    South Metro | Garden

    Part of the University of North Carolina, this tribute to native plants includes wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns, and grasses of the Southeast...Read More

  • 6. North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)

    North Raleigh | Museum/Gallery

    On the west side of Raleigh, the NCMA houses more than 5,000 years of artistic heritage, including one of the nation's largest collections of...Read More

  • 7. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    With seven floors of immersive exhibits spread across two buildings connected via sky bridge, this museum is the largest of its kind in the...Read More

  • 8. Old Salem Museums and Gardens

    Old Salem | Museum Village

    Founded in 1766 as a backcountry trading center, Old Salem is one of the nation's most well-documented colonial sites. This living-history museum...Read More

  • 9. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    Duke University | Garden

    A wisteria-draped gazebo, the Carnivorous Plant Collection, and a Japanese garden with a lily pond teeming with fat goldfish are a few of the...Read More

  • 10. Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden and Bog Garden


    These two public gardens offer a relaxing retreat along a stream that runs between two busy roads. The Bicentennial Garden houses sculptures...Read More

  • 11. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    With an unflinching eye, this museum documents the beauty and horror of America's civil rights movement of the 1960s. The star attraction is...Read More

  • 12. Ackland Art Museum

    University | Museum/Gallery

    The permanent holdings at this impressive museum include 19,000 works, with one of the Southeast's strongest collections of Asian art. There...Read More

  • 13. American Tobacco Campus

    Downtown | Business District

    This complex, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, houses apartments, offices, a theater, bars, and restaurants in a series of beautifully...Read More

  • 14. Artspace

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    A nonprofit visual-arts center, Artspace offers open studios, where artists are happy to talk to you about their work. The gift shop showcases...Read More

  • 15. Ava Gardner Museum


    Located in the hometown of the legendary movie star, this museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia tracing Gardner's life, from childhood...Read More

  • 16. Bennett Place State Historic Site

    Duke University | Historic District/Site

    In April 1865, Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to U.S. general William T. Sherman in this humble Piedmont farmhouse, 17 days...Read More

  • 17. Bob Timberlake Gallery


    North Carolina's most successful artist is best known for his landscapes of the rural South, especially his native Lexington. Many of his original...Read More

  • 18. Carolina Basketball Museum

    University | Museum/Gallery

    You don't have to be a basketball fan to appreciate the passion and deep love for the game you'll encounter in Tar Heel country. This state...Read More

  • 19. Childress Vineyards


    Modeled after an Italian villa, this stately winery provides both an atmosphere and a level of quality on par with vineyards in more lauded...Read More

  • 20. Colonial Heritage Center

    Northwest Metro | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Situated near Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, this historic park draws you into the life of early settlers with a hands-on approach...Read More

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