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North Carolina vacation rentals and visitor attractions

From the Smoky Mountains to the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina has a varied landscape to enjoy. The changing seasons colour the North Carolina countryside and offer unique attractions. Summer is the time for sunbathing and water sports along the long sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast. Autumn turns the leaves of the Blue Ridge Parkway a fiery red and winter freezes the mountain waterfalls, perfect for the daring sport of ice climbing.

The Cape Fear coast is a great place for fishing, boating and sunbathing on golden sandy beaches. For fun-packed attractions, head to historic Wilmington. For a touch of history, visit Bellamy Mansion: this elegant antebellum home was built in the 19th century and now houses a fascinating museum. The kids will love getting wet at the Jungle Rapids Water Park. For creepy animal encounters, come to the Cape Fear Serpentarium and meet the friendly snakes. After dark, the spooks of old Wilmington come out to play. Come and hear all the local myths and legends on the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington.

A North Carolina summer rental near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great base to see bears and elk roam free. Numerous hiking trails offer tranquil paths for relaxation and the contemplation of nature. Deer run through the forest and many birds nest and breed here.

For high-speed recreation, try out your motoring skills at one of the many car-racing schools in the state.

For further seaside fun, the area around Nags Head is packed full of attractions and activities: board the Elizabeth II, a 16th century style ship, at Roanoke Island Festival Park; meet the animals at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge or try kite surfing on the sands of the Outer Banks.

North Carolina vacation rentals and summer rentals include cottages and beach houses.

Self-catering holiday cottages and apartments to rent in North Carolina: