Destination guide

Experience North Carolina from vacation home rentals

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.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near North Carolina vacation rentals

When checking out North Carolina vacation rentals, keep in mind the state's most popular attractions. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is one of these, and it's considered by some as the largest private home in the United States. Built in the glitzy Chateauesque style by George Washington Vanderbilt II, it contains an incredible trove of artwork and antiques. The USS North Carolina is a real treat for war history enthusiasts. Commissioned during WWII on April 9, 1941, the heavily-armed ship now invites visitors to explore its interior. For Carolina Panthers fans, the colossal Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte will be the one place that matters.

Activities

Things to do near North Carolina getaway cabins

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.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near North Carolina vacation homes

From the mountains to the beach, North Carolina is an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The alpine environment brings skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports, as well as zip lining, mountaineering, and hiking. Near the coast, vacationers enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and diving in the beautiful waters. No matter your inclination, you'll find a range of fun outdoor activities near your vacation rental.

Weather

Climate for your trip to North Carolina vacation homes

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.

Food and drink

Regional cuisine in North Carolina

North Carolina is famous for a number of unique delicacies. Pork barbecue and bacon are the most popular dishes in the state, with each region offering its own spin on the classic recipe. Other iconic treats include fresh-caught shrimp, plucked-from-the-tree peaches, and fried green tomatoes, all of which can be sampled in local restaurants and eateries near your vacation rental.

Where to stay around North Carolina?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 24,554 vacation rentals near North Carolina. From 13,787 Houses to 4,505 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:

  • Outer Banks: 5,906 vacation rentals
  • Weaverville: 1,393 vacation rentals
  • Asheville: 2,082 vacation rentals
  • Carolina Beach: 1,306 vacation rentals
  • Corolla: 2,228 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:

  • Weaverville: 1,393 rentals
  • Asheville: 2,082 rentals
  • Carolina Beach: 1,306 rentals
  • Corolla: 2,228 rentals
  • Jefferson: 784 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): 269 vacation rentals
  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL): 2,319 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 644 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:

  • Ocracoke Pony Pens: 501 rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,799 rentals
  • Asheville's Fun Depot: 2,145 rentals
  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk: 3,286 rentals
  • Biltmore Estate: 2,149 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.

Explore destinations around North Carolina

Weaverville
1,393 vacation rentals
Asheville
2,082 vacation rentals
Carolina Beach
1,306 vacation rentals
Corolla
2,228 vacation rentals
Jefferson
784 vacation rentals
Nags Head
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Emerald Isle
577 vacation rentals
Ocean Isle Beach
2,146 vacation rentals
Oak Island
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637 vacation rentals
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Holden Beach
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604 vacation rentals
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