The leaves changing colors annually during the fall ranks high on the list of the best times to visit North Carolina. Home to majestic waterfalls, panoramic views of mountain ranges and a host of outdoor activities makes North Carolina a great place to visit. The state, nicknamed the Tar Heel State, stretches from the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the western part of the state. Reaching the western region of North Carolina is within close proximity to Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. It’s ideally located in the middle of a lot to see and do.
North Carolina attracts visitors all year to experience the best that the state has to offer. Charming towns like Cashiers and Highlands, in the North Carolina mountains, are great destinations to vacation. Be immersed in the vivid fall foliage, ski the slopes in winter or reel in the big one.
The rich, bright colors of fall foliage is on many bucket lists and the western sector of North Carolina is a good vantage point to take it all in. The peak time of year to view the leaves changing colors is from approximately mid-October to early November. As the days begin to get a twinge of crisp coolness in the air when the calendar changes from summer to fall, all attention turns to the leaves to witness the first glimpses of the vivid display of color.
Take in some of the best views during peak fall foliage from the region made up of Highlands and Cashiers known as the Plateau. The region’s elevation of the region known for cool sunny days attracts summer visitors and has become a growing destination for the splendid panoramic views of the fall leaves. There is even a festival honoring this annual tradition in the region; the Cashiers Fall Leaf Festival in October to start the season. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides a scenic drive for visitors to get up close whether they overnight hike a popular trail or stop for lunch along the way.
A bit of advice when planning to travel to see the leaves change in western North Carolina, make sure to schedule enough time to take in all the sights and snap those breathtaking photos as souvenirs.
Heading to the mountains of North Carolina, especially in the winter offers, great opportunities to get outside and take in the fresh air, beautiful scenery and stay fit too. North Carolina continues to be a growing hub for snow skiing enthusiasts. Consider a late fall or winter trip to the mountains of North Carolina to hit the slopes.
The Blue Ridge Mountains that run through a portion of northern and western North Carolina and provide great opportunities to ski. The Beech Mountain Resort is a popular destination for all levels of skiers looking to hit the slopes. The slopes of Beech Mountain typically open in mid to late November, starting the skiing season, which lasts through early April.
Touted as the largest ski area in the state of North Carolina, Sugar Mountain offers a lot of other activities for visitors while in the area. Snow will start hitting the Sugar Mountain peak sometime in November and skiers will begin flocking to the area from Thanksgiving on through the holiday season. The region even hosts SugarFest each year to mark the start of the ski season. Whether first on the powder for the day or the last run of the day, the views on Sugar Mountain, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking from any angle.
The North Carolina shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean is home to some of the country’s notable beaches. The state’s coastline, approximately 300 miles, is home to a few hidden gems and historic places. Making up the barrier strip off North Carolina’s east coast, Kitty Hawk is where the Wright Brothers perfected air flight. Morehead City is a popular beach town that is also known for fishing.
Most visitors are familiar with Cape Hatteras Island, home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore site is the tallest lighthouse in the county and is affectionately known as “America’s Lighthouse.”
You can’t go to the beach without looking for seashells, at least not in North Carolina, where the Outer Banks beaches are teeming with gems. One of the best shelling beaches in the state is Ocracoke Island. Whether you plan to take a sunset walk along the water’s edge or spend the day frolicking in the sand, there are plenty of beach locations that provide the perfect backdrop for a trip to the coast.
Anglers will find they can pretty much cast their lines year-round or find guided fishing trips in North Carolina to catch any variety of fish depending on the season. However, while spring, summer and fall months offer good fishing, the best time is during the winter between January and February. While winter is of course the coldest time of the year in the Tar Heel State, the extra layers will be worth it to reel in prized striped bass and speckled trout. With all of its nooks and bends from the Outer Banks to the southern coast along the Atlantic Ocean, the North Carolina shoreline makes ideal fishing spots.
Fishing for trout is quite popular in North Carolina. Mountain streams and rivers leading to the coast offer some of the best locations for anglers to find trout biting most of the year.
In North Carolina, catfish have many different names depending on the region. Blue catfish, bullhead catfish channel catfish and flathead catfish are a few different types found here. Mostly found in rivers and streams, catfish are also caught in large lakes and along shorelines with vegetation and bait sources.
Dolphinfish, not to be confused with the actual dolphin, is known to most as Mahi Mahi. This is a big fish and typically found offshore along the Atlantic gulf stream. Fishing charters all along the coast provide visitors with half-day or full-day excursions to see who brings in the biggest catch. Be sure to make your plans early since fishing for Mahi Mahi is a popular bucket list item to check off.
Deer hunting is common throughout the state of North Carolina. The white-tailed deer is the most popular. However, hunters must follow several regulations for hunting deer, such as having a license, a bag limit, and when various hunting methods are allowed. The deer hunting season peaks between October and January each year depending on the region of the state.
There are a lot of activities in North Carolina for visitors to enjoy all year so plan a trip when it best fits your schedule — heading to the mountains for a week of skiing? Warm-up after the slopes in a stunning Landmark Vacation rental within view of any ski destination. Watch the sunset over the vivid colors of fall foliage from balconies featured in many luxurious rental properties. Guests also have access to a number of amenities including state-of-the-art kitchens, cozy cabins and everything you can think of to enjoy from Landmark Vacation Rentals. We’re here to help make the most of your visit to North Carolina. Contact Landmark Vacation Rentals today at (877) 926-1780 or browse the portfolio of extraordinary North Carolina vacation rental properties and select one for an upcoming visit.