North Carolina has been named one of the top 10 travel destinations by Flight Centre Canada. According to their spokeswoman and contributor, Allison Wallace, the mid-Atlantic state is the top travel destination on their list. The News & Observer quotes Allison, who explained that North Carolina had topped previous favorites like Oregon and Utah for Canadian tourism.
"For people looking for something in the North American area, a little closer to home, North Carolina is suddenly jumping on the radar – kind of where Oregon and Utah were the last couple of years."
Asheville, North Carolina, was also recognized as a leading travel destination by Forbes, making their "top 15 coolest places" list. Forbes called Asheville at once "hipster," and "classic Americana." Forbes voiced appreciation for the diversity of restaurant cuisine in Asheville, as well as the classic southern cooking the North Carolina mountains is known for.
Being a top international travel destination is new for North Carolina, but Allison Wallace says the state has a real future in world-class tourism.
"I think you're going to start hearing a lot about North Carolina. It's really interesting."
Nature in North Carolina is spectacular, with many national forests, scenic drives, local parks, and botanical gardens throughout the state. There is also the Carowinds theme park near Charlotte. Carowinds is on the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The tourist destinations in the videos below are just a few of the tourist attractions and venues in North Carolina.