Destination guide

Taking off in North Carolina

From cosmopolitan modernity and small-town charm, to sun-soaked beaches and time-weathered mountains, North Carolina has many faces. Universally, however, it's known for its southern hospitality, sizzling BBQ food, world-class museums and enthusiasm for sports. If you're an outdoorsy type, the dramatic natural landscapes will provide a playground for adventure, while culture vultures and urban explorers can get their fix in one of the state's vibrant cities. Among them there's fast-paced Charlotte, home of the Carolina Panthers and NASCAR, and artsy Asheville, with its trendy microbreweries and liberal vibe. And don't forget, history abounds in North Carolina – this is where the Wright Brothers first took to the skies.


Exploring the great outdoors in North Carolina

Wherever you chose to stay, North Carolina vacation rentals provide a perfect base for an action-packed itinerary. If you're a bit of a sun worshipper, the state's beach-gilded coastline provides endless opportunities for a traditional beach vacation, particularly in places like Carova Beach, where you can unwind on the sand alongside wild horses. For something more energetic, take a segwey tour through the state's largest city Charlotte, and tick off the star attractions as you glide along. If you're one for the great outdoors, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers stacks of outdoors activities, such as fishing, wildlife watching and hiking through the park's wild, unspoiled trails.


Weather as warm as the hospitality in North Carolina

North Carolina boasts a subtropical climate, which for those already from warm climates, is agreeable year-round. July and August are typically the hottest months, with the areas in the mountains providing ever-so-slightly cooler temperatures compared to the central cities. While many enjoy the state's weather, those used to cooler temperatures might find the summer heat and humidity quite stifling, so it's usually better to visit during late-September and October. Fortunately, the beaches are still perfect for swimming and sunbathing during that time, so you won't miss out on a little sun-kissed R&R.

Natural features

Scenic splendor abounds in North Carolina

Whether you're looking at North Carolina vacation rentals in a bustling city or in amongst the great outdoors, the state's natural beauty is never far away. While sandy beaches fringe its shore, the sprawling Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the divide between the state and its neighbor Tennessee. Here, lush forests, shimmering waterfalls and year-round blooming wildflowers create postcard-perfect scenes, interwoven by hiking trails that include famous Appalachian Trail. North Carolina is also home to Linville Gorge. Known as "The Grand Canyon of the East", it's home to a dramatic waterfall, arguably the state's best-looking water feature.

Where to stay around North Carolina?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 23,343 vacation rentals near North Carolina. From 13,013 Houses to 4,276 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Carolina for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Carolina?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Carolina. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Asheville: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • Outer Banks: 5,269 vacation rentals
  • Boone: 2,294 vacation rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,550 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Isle: 593 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Carolina! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Carolina?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Carolina:

  • Asheville: 1,942 rentals
  • Boone: 2,294 rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,550 rentals
  • Emerald Isle: 593 rentals
  • Carolina Beach: 1,328 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to North Carolina?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in North Carolina are:

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU): 253 vacation rentals
  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL): 2,161 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 572 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North Carolina?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North Carolina. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,736 rentals
  • Ocean Isle Beach: 1,191 rentals
  • Biltmore: 2,140 rentals
  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: 1,525 rentals
  • Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine: 1,840 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Carolina listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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