Cheap flights to North Carolina

North Carolina is a quintessentially Southern state in the United States, bordering South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its capital is Raleigh while its largest city is Charlotte – these cities are the state’s largest metropolitan areas and both are among the top 10 fastest-growing in the country. North Carolina is the 10th most populous state in the country. It is known as the ‘Tar Heel State’ and the ‘Old North State’ and it is comprised of 100 counties.

What to see & do

The capital city, Raleigh, has plenty of tourist attractions such as the North Carolina Museum of Art. The building alone is a spectacle: its light-filled glass-and-anodised-steel West Building was even lauded by architecture critics; see the world’s only dinosaur with a (fossilised) heart, Willo, at the modern North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; North Carolina Museum of History features all kinds of artefacts you can think of – photos dating back from the Civil War, Cherokee crafts, 19th-century costumes, and an exhibit on stock-car racing. There are also the Raleigh City Museum, J. C. Raulston Arboretum, Joel Lane House, Mordecai House, Montfort Hall, and the Pope House Museum. The Charlotte area is home to Carowinds amusement park, Charlotte Motor Speedway, U.S. National Whitewater Center, and the Discovery Place. Piedmont Triad, the centre of the state, attracts food lovers as it is home to the Mayberry, Texas Pete, the Lexington Barbecue Festival, Moravian cookies, and Krispy Kreme. The world's largest-land-area natural-habitat park, North Carolina Zoo, is an internationally acclaimed tourist area. Visitors will surely enjoy seeing different plant and animal species, as well as a 57-piece art collection along five miles of shaded pathways.

How to get around within North Carolina

Due to North Carolina’s central location on the East Coast, getting in by car is convenient. If you’re flying between cities, it’s advised to rent a vehicle or arrange for other private transportation, especially if your destination is outside Charlotte and the Triangle. Also take note that mountain roads in the western side of the state are not all paved and driving in winter should be done with more caution. Some parts of the Outer Banks are inaccessible by car and can only be accessed either by the North Carolina ferry system or by private boat.

How to get there

The state has four international airports: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Wilmington International Airport. Additionally, there are other passenger airports: Asheville Regional Airport, Fayetteville Regional Airport, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, and Albert J Ellis Regional Airport. North Carolina has the largest state-maintained highway system in the country, with more than 78,600 miles of highways which provides same-day access to major US markets in the east. There are seven major interstate highways that intersect North Carolina: I-26, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-85, and I-95. You can also get in by ferry. The state’s ferry system on the Outer Banks/Coast, which operates 24 ferries, is second largest in the nation and largest on the East Coast. There are also 12 daily Amtrak passenger trains that serve 17 North Carolina cities on six routes, including the northbound and southbound Carolinian, Piedmont, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Crescent, and Palmetto.

Flights to North Carolina

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