Private Jet Charter to North Carolina

Private Jet Rental to North Carolina - Airports, Routes & Prices


North Carolina Private Jet Charter

North Carolina is in the southeastern U.S., facing the Atlantic Ocean on the east and bordered by Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  With its capital of Raleigh in the state’s midsection, North Carolina has varied terrain from the long island chain of the Outer Banks along the eastern coast to the beautiful mountain ranges of the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge in the west.  The first English settlement in America was on Roanoke Island in 1585.  North Carolina’s chief products include tobacco and furniture making.  Paramount Business Jets can whisk you to your desired destination in North Carolina with ease and efficiency with its luxury private charter jet services, from North Carolina’s capital of Raleigh or the business center of Charlotte to the Outer Banks, and from Asheville to Greensboro.

Nicknamed the Tar Heel State, North Carolina is known for being the place where the Wright Brothers made the first manned flight at Kitty Hawk in the Outer Banks in 1903.  Today the Outer Banks boasts beautiful beaches and majestic lighthouses, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Wilmington is the largest city in the southeastern corner, with antebellum homes, and is where the USS North Carolina battleship is docked.  

The Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill anchors the central portion of the state and contains some of its finest universities, including Duke, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State.  Raleigh has a collection of fine museums including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Art Museum and the historic State Capitol building.  Winston-Salem’s cobblestoned historic streets hearken back to its original Moravian heritage as evidenced in its Old Salem historic village and is known for its tobacco and textile industries. Paramount can provide the private jet rental you need to fly in luxury to North Carolina’s Research Triangle cities.

Charlotte is the state’s largest city and a favorite city for North Carolina private jet customers. Located on the South Carolina border, Charlotte is North Carolina’s business and banking center, home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR races, and has professional sports teams such as the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets.   Asheville in the west is the state’s artsy hub with the grand Biltmore Estate Mansion and gorgeous mountain scenery stretching along the state’s western section, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, and Chimney Rock.  

If your business or personal travel is taking you to North Carolina to see the State Fair, a NASCAR race in Charlotte, or a North Carolina-Duke Basketball game, Paramount Business Jets can provide you the private transportation you desire to get you to the Tar Heel State with top service and comfort. 

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North Carolina Private Charter Prices

How much does it cost to rent a jet to North Carolina?

These are the average hourly rates for various private jet categories. Use our private jet quoting system to get quotes for your upcoming trip. Learn more about our private jet rental costs or jet card membership rates for additional savings.
Very Light Jets
371 KTAS
$2750 - $3500
Light Jets
492 KTAS
$2900 - $3500
Super Light Jets
465 KTAS
$4000 - $4300
Midsize Jets
470 KTAS
$4300 - $4750
Super Midsize Jets
530 KTAS
$5100 - $6500
Large Jets
513 KTAS
$6800 - $9500
Ultra Long Range Jets
516 KTAS
$10000 - $14000
VIP Airliners
485 KTAS
$16000 - $23000
Turboprop Aircraft
402 KTAS
$1850 - $2300
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Top Cities in North Carolina

Popular North Carolina Cities Served by Paramount Business Jets

Asheville is an attractive, artsy gateway city to the beautiful western mountain region of North Carolina.  Nearby is the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway which winds 469 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains up to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, 250 miles of which are in North Carolina.  Here you’ll find the largest private home in America, the baronial 250-room Biltmore Estate Mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 1800s, as well as the childhood home of American author Thomas Wolfe, who wrote “Look Homeward, Angel” here.  The River Arts District is home to artists who create and display their crafts in former industrial buildings along the French Broad River.  Other points of interest include the Western North Carolina Nature Center featuring animals native to the region, the Asheville Art Museum, the Museum of Science at Pack Place, the antebellum Smith-McDowell House Museum, and the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

Some of the scenic highlights along the Blue Ridge Parkway include the views from Black Balsam Knob, Craggy Gardens with its wildflowers and picturesque wind-bent trees, Mount Mitchell State Park (home to the highest peak east of the Mississippi), the North Carolina Arboretum and the Folk Art Center, home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  There are many hiking opportunities from the pull-offs along the route.  Other top natural sights in the nearby Pisgah National Forest include Table Rock, Chimney Rock with a 26-story elevator built inside the mountain, Sliding Rock State Park with its natural waterslide, and Linville Gorge and Falls.

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the state’s business and finance center, home to several Fortune 500 companies. The city is known as the Queen City, named after Charlotte, the German wife of British King George III.  Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, as well as the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

Charlotte was the nation’s leading gold producer for many years, and a branch of the U.S. Mint was based here from 1837 to 1913.  Today the Mint Museum of Art commemorates that history and was established in 1936 as the state’s first art museum. Other points of interest include the Levine Museum of the New South, which focuses on post-Civil War Southern history, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Charlotte Museum of History, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the 1815 Rosedale Plantation and the Carowinds theme park on the North Carolina/South Carolina state line south of the city.

Greensboro is centered in the middle of the state and was originally known as a textile town.  Part of the Piedmont Triad, Greensboro is the largest of the three cities that include Winston-Salem and High Point.  It was the site of a Revolutionary War battle commemorated by the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the birthplace of the author O. Henry, and the site of the 1960 lunch counter sit-in at a Woolworths that led to the fight for desegregation of public facilities.  The International Civil Rights Museum presents historical exhibitions, including the historic lunch counter, on the theme of civil rights.

Greensboro is renowned today as a hub of collegiate sports, with many athletic venues where such events as the ACC basketball tournaments are contested each year, and is a college town with nine colleges and universities.  Other points of interest include the Greensboro Science Center with an aquarium and zoo, the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park with its elevated boardwalk leading through natural wetlands, and the ACC Hall of Champions at Greensboro Coliseum.

In addition to being the state capitol, Raleigh is a leader in the healthcare and technology fields and home to North Carolina State University.  Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle Park, along with Durham and Chapel Hill, home to high-tech firms and medical companies.  Named after British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, Raleigh is full of historical attractions and attractive green spaces.

Its chief museums include the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which explores topics from prehistoric times to the state’s natural history, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Museum of History, covering topics such as the Civil War to the Wright Brothers and beyond.  Mordecai Historic Park preserves several historic buildings, including the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. President.  The Greek Revival State Capitol building was built in 1840 and is one of the city’s most striking landmarks.

Getting outdoors in nature is easy in Raleigh.  Among the beautiful natural attractions is the Historic Yates Mill County Park with its water-powered gristmill, J.C. Raulston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Umstead State Park with its opportunities for hiking and biking on its 13 miles of wooded trails and canoeing on its three lakes, Pullen Park with its pedal boats, carousel, and miniature train, and the Neuse River Greenway Trail, 27.5 miles of paved trails along the Neuse River with canoe and kayak launch points along the way.

Top Hotels in North Carolina

Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels in North Carolina

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz Carlton in Charlotte is a luxury hotel with a green ethic, with a rooftop garden, its own beehives, and a hybrid house car.  Conveniently located downtown near the Spectrum Center Arena and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Ritz Carlton offers marble bathrooms with soaking tubs along with an outdoor pool, fitness center, a bi-level spa with indoor pool and poolside dining, and five restaurants.

The signature restaurant is BLT Steak, while light fare is available at the K Lounge and Bar Cocoa features desserts and even baking classes, and the Prohibition-era inspired Punch Room for handcrafted cocktails.  The hotel’s public spaces feature art from Bank of America’s gallery, the largest privately owned collection.   Private blending classes are offered at the Hidden Wine Boutique. 

The Ballantyne, Charlotte
The upscale Ballantyne Hotel is 14 miles south of downtown Charlotte in the Ballantyne community and offers an excellent range of luxury amenities including spa services, marble bathtubs, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fitness center. The resort has an 18-hole PGA golf course, an all-day dining restaurant, and two bars, plus two lighted tennis courts.  The Galley restaurant features fine Southern cuisine, while the Galley Bar offers Scotch flights and the Ryal is a second bar that honors the Scottish ancestry of the original hotel owners. 

The Fearrington House Inn, Pittsboro
Situated on a historic farm property in Pittsboro, just outside of Chapel Hill, the Fearrington House Inn is comprised of elegant clapboard houses on 60 acres of land.  Upgraded suites feature fireplaces and private gardens, while original Southern artwork graces all rooms. Fearrington House Inn anchors a small residential community.  The grounds contain Fearrington Village, a community of buildings in bucolic surroundings.  The buildings on the property include exquisite boutiques, the seasonal Roost Beer Garden, and a wine shop.

The Fearrington House Restaurant, housed in the 1927 Colonial Revival farmhouse, partners with local farms in developing its seasonal menus, while the Belted Goat offers more casual fare.  With an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym, and a spa, the Inn is surrounded by pastures with black and white Galloway cows and Tennessee Fainting goats. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary
The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary rests on 12 acres of grounds with a 3-acre lake, a quarter mile of walking trails, and an extensive collection of modern art, just 10 miles from Raleigh.  A short distance from Umstead State Park, the Hotel has a luxury spa and a 24-hour gym.  Its five-star restaurant Herons serves farm-to-table fare and there is afternoon tea accompanied by a harpist Wednesday-Sunday in the lobby lounge, which contains a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture.  There are complimentary bikes available and a seasonal outdoor pool with a poolside cocktail bar. 

Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands
Old Edwards Inn and Spa is set in the picturesque mountain village of Highlands.  With a heated outdoor mineral pool and 25,000 square foot spa, tennis court, and hot tub, the Old Edwards provides a luxury respite from the active mountain pursuits of North Carolina’s surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.  Guests can enjoy golf at the private Old Edwards Club and Madison’s Restaurant featuring locally sourced dining. 

The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville
The majestic Grove Park Inn, built in 1913 of granite stones, is a celebrated resort that is two miles from downtown Asheville, offering beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The property features arts and crafts style decor, with amenities such as an award-winning spa with sauna and steam room, an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fitness center.  There are five restaurants on-site, including the Blue Ridge Restaurant with artisanal farm-to-table food and the Sunset Terrace with outdoor dining and incomparable views.  The Hotel offers unique Food Foraging tours to discover how to find and cook food found in the natural surroundings.

Sanderling Resort, Duck
The Outer Banks town of Duck is home to the beautiful Sanderling Resort, perched between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound.  The rooms feature balconies with views of the ocean or sound, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, the excellent Spa at Sanderling, and outdoor activities like bike riding, kayaking, or paddleboarding.  There are even options for sailing and surfing lessons.  Dining options include the elegant Kimball’s Kitchen, historic surroundings at the Lifesaving Station Restaurant and seasonal poolside drinks and dining at the Sandbar.

The Hotel Ballast, Wilmington
The Hotel Ballast is scenically set on the Wilmington boardwalk overlooking the Cape Fear River and within walking distance of the historic downtown.  The hotel offers such amenities as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and dining options including the Board and Barrel with indoor or outdoor seating or pit seating by the fire, or Buffalo Bayou, its casual cafe.  The outdoor pool, patio, and fire pit feature views overlooking the river and the Battleship North Carolina.

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst
The Historic Pinehurst Resort has been a quintessential destination for golfers since 1893.  Set amongst the Sandhills of North Carolina, Pinehurst boasts three hotels including the luxury Carolina and Holly Inns.  America’s largest golf resort is set on 2,000 acres and Pinehurst provides play on 9 magnificent courses.  The Resort and Village were designed by famed landscape artist Frederick Law Olmstead as a health retreat.  The resort recalls a New England-style village, with shops and galleries.  Pinehurst also offers a world-class spa and tennis facilities, a heated pool complex, lawn sports, biking, and shopping.  Top dining options include The Carolina Dining Room, the 1895 Grille in the Holly Inn, and an antique bar from Scotland in the Holly’s Tavern.

Smithmore Castle, Spruce Pine
Stay like European royalty on 100 acres in the mountains of western North Carolina in the town of Spruce Pine at the Smithmore Castle.  Opened in 2021, the Castle provides each guest with a 3-course dinner and gourmet breakfast included with their lodging.  Some suites feature balconies looking out from the castle’s turrets, along with a hot tub.  The Castle offers cooking lessons, guided hikes, and archery lessons.  There are European-themed guest suites, gourmet dining in the Castle’s private restaurant, and a Scottish-themed bar.

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Charter Jets FAQ

Your Ultimate North Carolina Private Jet Rental Resource

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.

  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.

  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.

  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.

  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.

  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.

  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.

  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.

  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.

  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!

  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.

  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.

  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.

  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.

  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.

  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.

  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.

  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.

  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.

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Top Sights

Top 10 Sights in North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers used the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk to launch the world’s first successful airplane flight in 1903.  This flight is commemorated at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.  The Visitors Center Museum has a copy of the Wright Flyer which tells the full story of the history surrounding the milestone achievement.  There is a replica of the camp building where the brothers lived on site, plus visitors can walk the flight route and ascend the hill to a granite monument with sweeping views of the area. 

Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The Outer Banks are a picturesque string of barrier islands that stretch for nearly 200 miles along the North Carolina coast.  About 70 miles of the area is comprised of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, protecting the dunes and beaches.  In addition to the towns of Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, there are several lighthouses to visit plus sights such as the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum which tells the story of area shipwrecks, and Roanoke Island, which was the location of the first English settlement which mysteriously disappeared.  This event is commemorated at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. 

Biltmore Estate & Gardens
The Biltmore House is the largest private mansion in the U.S., built by George Washington Vanderbilt in 1895.  With 250 rooms and 8,000 acres of gardens and forest, it is a spectacular estate near Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.  The mansion is full of antiques and artwork, and the gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of New York’s Central Park fame, have pools and statuary and themed areas such as the Rose and Italian Gardens.  The estate also offers wine tastings and offers activities such as carriage rides, horseback riding, and trail bike rides on its expansive property. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Spread across sections of both North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country.  Situated about 54 miles west of Asheville, the Park offers beautiful mountain scenery, hiking trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail, waterfalls, wildflowers, and abundant scenery.  Clingman's Dome is the highest point in the park, partly in North Carolina and partly in Tennessee.  The Oconaluftee Visitor Center anchors the North Carolina side of the park.  Visitors enjoy activities like camping, fishing, biking, and horseback riding. 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The oldest museum in the state, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh offers the natural world as its focus.  With 7 floors of exhibits, the Museum contains dinosaur and blue whale skeletons as well as live creatures like tropical butterflies, turtles, reptiles, and a two-toed sloth among others in the Living Conservatory.  The museum consists of two buildings, the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center.  The Nature Center explores natural habitats such as the North Carolina coast as well as the tropics and rainforest, while the Research Center delves into the science behind exploration, including space and the depths of the sea.

Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock
Among the most scenic attractions in the mountains of western North Carolina are Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock.  Grandfather Mountain in Linville includes the Mile High Swinging Bridge, a Nature Museum, and wildlife exhibits.  The Mountain is about 6,000 feet high, providing gorgeous panoramas of the landscape. 

Chimney Rock is a 315-foot granite spire in Chimney Rock State Park.  A 26-story elevator built inside the mountain whisks visitors to the top. The park offers scenic hiking trails and paths leading to Hickory Nut Falls and to Exclamation Point, the highest part of the park. 

Old Salem Museum & Gardens
The Moravian heritage of the Winston-Salem area is on display at Old Salem, a National Historic Landmark.  Old Salem is a recreated village highlighting the customs and culture of the Moravian peoples who settled here in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Costumed interpreters carry on their daily activities such as shoemaking, baking, and making traditional crafts.  The cobbled main street contains brick Greek Revival-style buildings as well as a tavern.

Asheville has a scenic setting near the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a city full of arts, culinary appeal, and gorgeous natural surroundings. The downtown area has colorful Art Deco buildings, vibrant musical venues, craft shops, and a burgeoning food scene. Cultural attractions include the Victorian house that was the boyhood home of native author Thomas Wolfe, who wrote Look Homeward Angel Here, and the antebellum Smith-McDowell Mansion.  The River Arts District features artisans at work on crafts in former industrial buildings along the French Broad River.  Pack Place is home to the Asheville Art Museum.

Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the country’s most scenic drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway winds for 469 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.  The Parkway stretches for 250 miles through North Carolina, including such scenic highlights as Mount Michell State Park with the highest point east of the Mississippi, the views from atop Black Balsam Knob, Linville Gorge and its tiered waterfall, and the North Carolina Folk Center with its displays of native crafts.  Beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic pull-offs along the route invite exploration of the lovely mountain surroundings.

Wilmington is a vibrant city located along the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina.  It has a scenic Riverwalk area with a wooden boardwalk, the Cotton Exchange building with its complex of shops and interesting restaurants.  The city is also home to the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship, the first of 10 battleships to join the American fleet in WW II and now permanently moored here.  The downtown National Historic District has distinct charm with carriage rides along brick-lined streets.  Cultural attractions include the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and the Cameron Art Museum.  There are beautiful beaches nearby, including Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.