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Things to do in North Carolina

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Asheville: Ghost Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl

1. Asheville: Ghost Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl

Explore the dark side of Asheville on a haunted pub crawl. Delve into 225 years of riveting American history with a guide at 8 allegedly haunted locations including the Flatiron building, Grove Arcade, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and Pritchard Park. Enjoy drinks at local pubs (at your own expense). Meet your guide at Brahmari Brewing, where vengeful ghosts can be heard galloping down the street on horseback. From there, wind through 7 other bone-chilling, haunted locations, including three additional pubs. Share a drink with the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald, who was tragically killed in a fire in Asheville in 1948. Experience the unnerving energy of Pritchard Park. Uncover the secrets of the Pack’s Tavern tunnel, where prohibition drove a couple into a murderous rage. If you are brave enough to step into the shadows, the spirits await you. After roaming the haunted streets of Asheville, end the tour with a bite at a downtown restaurant.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

2. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

Discover the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord where you get to explore 10 different zones. Encounter 5,000 undersea creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses, and much more. Journey through the freshwater lakes of North Carolina all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet these amazing creatures. Enjoy the Freshwater Exhibit so you can visit a small part of the Catawba River. The species in this exhibit are residents of the local streams, rivers, and lakes. Make your way to the Harbor Exhibit and make friends with the tropical underwater creatures who live in harbors around the world. Watch as hundreds of schooling fish surround you at the Shoaling Exhibit or see the Seahorse Mangrove Exhibit where you’ll get to witness these mythical creatures. Watch the seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts. Step inside Stingray Bay and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Step right into a sunken ship full of mysterious creatures that like to live in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean. Explore the Tropical Ocean Exhibit where you can stroll under the sea as you pass through the awe-inspiring underwater Ocean Tunnel. Shoals of glittering fish flutter along beside you while sharks, rays, and Neptune, the rescued green sea turtle, glide slowly over your head. Be enchanted by the Jellies Exhibit and watch as these captivating creatures dance through the water. Then enter a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef Exhibit where you’ll witness underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out Conservation Cove where you can learn more about how you can help protect the ocean and all its magnificent creatures.

Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

3. Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

Get ready for a whirlwind 90-minute tour of Charlotte's best sights. Meet your tour guide and get ready to learn and explore. Once you’re all checked in it's time to board your electric cart for the day and hit the city streets. Set out on a discovery of Uptown Charlotte’s 4 wards as you learn about the city’s history, as well as its visions for the future. Along the way, see some of Charlotte’s most popular museums, luscious parks, and a number of churches from a variety of denominations. Next, a treat for die-hard sports fans with a visit to each of the sports stadiums in Uptown Charlotte, as well as a stop to take photos outside the Carolina Panthers Stadium. Head into the historic 4th ward next, one of the most popular highlights of the tour. Admire the architecture of 19th-century homes and learn about the rich history of this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, your guide will also make recommendations, enhancing your stay in Queen City.

Raleigh Ghosts and Ghouls Haunting Tour by USGA

4. Raleigh Ghosts and Ghouls Haunting Tour by USGA

Prepare to be spooked outside some of the most haunted locations in Raleigh on a ghost walking tour. Journey to eight sites that cast a shadow over the city's history, including the Heck-Andrews House. Choose the 1.5-hour tour to see Isaac Hunter's Tavern. Meet your guide at the North Carolina State Capitol Building and get to know your group for the evening. Start with curious tales of ghostly politicians who still smuggle booze through tunnels deep underground before heading off into the night. Make your way along the quiet streets to stand in the chilling shadow of the Heck-Andrews House. Try to listen to your guide as you fight the feeling that there might be a figure watching you through the windows. Is it your imagination? Or the rumored witch. Continue to more haunted sites including the White-Holman House, where it is said that to this day you can still hear the ominous walking of the peg-legged spirit. Arrive at the Executive Mansion and investigate the mystery of the Christmas tree. Choose to extend your ghost hunt with the 1.5-hour tour which takes you to four additional locations downtown. Step into history at Isaac Hunter's Tavern and uncover more terrifying tales of the past.

Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

5. Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

Charlotte has interesting sights and attractions befitting its status as one of the 20 largest U.S. cities, but you might not know it. Our 1.5-hour tour will get you started. We give you 15-20 minutes of practice and orientation before heading out on our adventure. The southern part of the city hosts new museums and cultural spaces, so it’s a good place to open your eyes to current development. But Charlotte was already well established during the Revolutionary War, when residents drove out British General Cornwallis. The best place to learn about its history is in the center of town, where we will ride through the Fourth Ward neighborhood. It has Charlotte's oldest homes and cemetery. Of course you also get to see our high-rises and skyscrapers up close, as well as numerous outdoor fountains and public works of art.

Queen City Ghosts: Charlotte's Most Haunted Tour

6. Queen City Ghosts: Charlotte's Most Haunted Tour

Join this family-friendly ghost tour to discover the most haunted places in Charlotte, Queen City. Expect to be spooked as your local guide takes you to 8 ghostly locations around the city. Or upgrade to an extended tour to visit 12 creepy city sites. As you explore the city, you'll hear the story of how the Tar Heel State got its nickname and the tales of the spirits who journeyed from Ireland, attached to a bar that was imported from the Emerald Isle. Visit spots of historical importance such as the site of the Battle of Charlotte, where men lost their lives in the struggle for independence. Your guide will recount thoroughly researched and spooky stories that, although creepy, won’t leave you lying awake at night.

Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

7. Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

Take a different approach to exploring Asheville's most famous views and attractions on a scenic helicopter flight. Enjoy picturesque vistas as you fly above Asheville, Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the French Broad River. After taking off from a private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Get your dose of adrenaline as you feel the speed of the helicopter and fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Fly north along Highway 26 towards Biltmore Forest and downtown Asheville. As you circle around Biltmore Forest, get a bird's-eye view of one of America's largest estates. Listen to your guide through included headsets as they point out more highlights, including Antler Hill Village and the winery areas. After the tour, you’ll head back to the heliport across Lake Julian.

Charlotte: Guided City History Tour by Van

8. Charlotte: Guided City History Tour by Van

Discover the best of the Queen City on a guided tour of the city of Charlotte. See some of the most important cultural landmarks in the city, such as the Mint Museum, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Spectrum center. Explore trendy districts such as Plaza Midwood, NODA, and South End. Start the tour by boarding the van in Uptown Charlotte. Star by passing the Spectrum Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Mint Museum, and other cultural and historic landmarks. See some of the oldest homes in the city in the 4th Ward. Your knowledgeable tour guide will provide plenty of insight and fun facts about what makes Charlotte special. After discovering the highlights of the city center, explore the surrounding neighborhoods of NODA, Plaza Midwood, and South End. These trendy districts are full of boutique stores, art galleries, and buzzing nightlife. The tour concludes at Optimist Hall, which is a local food favorite for Charlotte cuisine.

Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

9. Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

Embark on a scenic helicopter flight that will provide you with great views of Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. See Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock from a unique perspective before returning to the airport. To begin, head northeast toward Fairview. Fly over Hickory Nut Gap and the Florence Nature Preserve toward Lake Lure with views of the lake as well as the Lake Lure Dam. Be sure to keep an eye out for The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, featured in the film Dirty Dancing. As you turn, you’ll pass by Chimney Rock, a 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The tour continues over the valley and along Raven Rock Mountain and the Continental Divide in the Appalachian Mountains on your return to the airport.

Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

10. Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

Discover the city of Asheville which is known for its friendly, free-spirited demeanor. However, there are plenty of skeletons hiding in the closet. Delve into the twisted, shocking, and downright spine-chilling history of “The Land of the Sky” on a walking tour with an expert guide. Meet your guide at The Jackson Building, where a suicidal businessman from the Great Depression lingers on the street where his life ended. From there, you’ll visit seven other historic, haunted landmarks before circling back to the starting point. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as you mingle with the angry, restless spirits of Pack Square. Scan the streets for the spirit of Zelda Fitzgerald as you hear the grim details of her tragic death. Stand face-to-face with the poltergeist of St. Lawrence Basilica. Choose the extended tour to visit four additional haunted locations, including an old speakeasy with a gruesome history. Explore Asheville in a fun, spooky, and unique way.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 192 reviews

Our guide was very enjoyable and fun to be with. She seemed very knowledgeable about the uptown area. It was a little chilly because of the time of the year, but overall, it was a really good tour. Thank you for making this tour available.

Very knowledgeable and informative. Our friends who sat in the back of the cart had difficulty hearing though and did not have the same great experience as they were on the seat facing the street.

It was excellent - the guide Alley was wonderful !!!! So much knowledge and so pleasant !!!! Thanks

Cole was a fabulous pilot/tour guide. The flight was absolutely beautiful. Would recommend highly

Tour guide was adorably sweet. We went in Feb. Beware of the cold!!! It was freezing but so fun!