15 Best Small Towns to Visit in North Carolina

North Carolina, a southeastern US state, is home to many metropolitan cities and quaint towns. Famous for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country (The Outer Banks), North Carolina is a charming blend of native american and european roots coupled with majestic nature that is sure to entice you into staying just a little bit longer. With landscapes that range from Atlantic Ocean coastlines to impressive mountain ranges, there is a perfect vacation spot for everyone.

Check out our list of 15 best small towns to visit in North Carolina:

1. Boone, North Carolina

Boone, North Carolina

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Boone, North Carolina

Steeped in history and located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone is named for the American pioneer and explorer, Daniel Boone. If locals are to be believed, Boone used to camp at a site now within the town limits. Regardless of the exact location, the town does have a concrete connection to the Boone family: his nephews built Boone’s first church, Three Forks Baptist. You can still see it standing today.

A great destination for mountain lovers, walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge to Grandfather Mountain or journey out to Elk Knob State Park. If you are more of a cyclist, grab your bike and head out to Pisgah National Forest to explore over 200 miles of trails. Don’t forget to stop by the Tweetsie Railroad or catch a game at the local Appalachian State University if you can. Finally, relax and enjoy some mountain air while browsing some of the shops in the quaint downtown area and spend a night or two at the Daniel Boone Inn.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in North Carolina:

Bath, North Carolina

  • Boone, North Carolina: flickr
  • Bath, North Carolina: flickr
  • Hillsborough, North Carolina: flickr
  • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina: flickr
  • Pinehurst, North Carolina: flickr
  • Saluda, North Carolina: flickr
  • Banner Elk, North Carolina: flickr
  • Sylva, North Carolina: flickr
  • Hot Springs, North Carolina: flickr
  • Blowing Rock, North Carolina: flickr
  • Angel Oak, Tryon, North Carolina: flickr
  • Bryson City, North Carolina: flickr
  • Highlands, North Carolina: flickr
  • Murphy, North Carolina: flickr
  • Franklin, North Carolina: flickr