The Piedmont is composed of gently rolling plains that host picturesque golf courses, lakes, and farmlands, as well as the state’s largest urban areas. Renowned research universities, textile and furniture factories, tobacco farms, golf courses, and historic sites are also features of the Piedmont. Here, you will find the Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, a hub of high-tech research and both quaint college towns and bustling college cities; Charlotte, the South's finance center and home of NASCAR; Pinehurst, the home of American golf; and the Piedmont Triad of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. With more than 40 free attractions and numerous high-quality museums, Greater Raleigh is often dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South." Take a hike on one of the many trails surrounding the city or spend a day strolling the charming downtown or eating at a quaint restaurant.
We’ve all heard of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina’s Coastal Plains, and with good reason. The white-sand beaches are central to prime surfing spots, world-famous Hatteras lighthouse and historically significant events (on display at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk). But dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover so much more, including historic sites on Beaufort, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, wild horses at Corolla and championship golf courses at Ocean Isle Beach. Nearby Holden Beach was named one of the 38 Best American Beaches and rated 9th out of all United States beaches, in the Family Beach Category by National Geographic’s Traveler, and visitors throughout the region will easily find world-class fishing, hang-gliding, scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.