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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A historically significant mansion once owned by the wealthy Vanderbilt family estate! tours and sightseeing at this historic home!”
  • 370 locals recommend
National Park
“Unbelievable scenic drives Mountains Streams Picnic areas No services or gas stations inside park so prepare prior Great Hiking Wildlife See Elkmont Clingmans Dome Cades Cove - prepare for 4 hrs minimum and traffic Check with Us on family portrait suggestions”
  • 159 locals recommend
Garden
“I mean. Really. You’re in Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson’s home is here. It’s beautiful. The gardens and views are overwhelmingly gorgeous. The history virtually oozes off the mountain and spills like lava down over everything. Just go there. There’s a kid-friendly house tour and a kids’ room with fun activities.”
  • 194 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art has more than a dozen galleries holding works from around the world and a variety of art types. Originally starting with 139 works from Europe and America, the museum has grown to include African, Egyptian and Jewish works of art while also expanding European and ancient American holdings. With 30 added Rodin sculptures, the NCMA leads the holdings of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States. Other galleries hold everything from Renaissance paintings to contemporary photography. Exhibitions also run at the museum for several months at a time for guests to visit. Outside the museum is the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, recently expanded and featuring monumental public art installations inspired by the natural world and preservation of landscapes, including the Gyre rings, Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky and Askew, as well as several recreational activities, picnic spots, and wooded trails. Tours are given daily if you or a group would like to learn more about the collections. When it’s time for lunch, you can stop by the Iris restaurant located inside the museum, specializing in contemporary American cuisine in a modern setting. (Also open for dinner! Order from items such as the Iris Burger, Seared Scallops with Red Curry Lemongrass Broth, Seafood Burrito and more.) For those interested in researching art periods or artists, the Art Reference Library holds over 40,000 volumes of books and available catalogs and databases. Kids to seniors can enjoy the many programs occurring throughout the year, including classes, concerts, films, camps, and workshops. Before you leave, head by the Museum Store, where items based on the museum’s collections and exhibits are available to purchase, perfect as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. Admission is free, while some fees are given for specific programs, exhibitions, and large tours. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm; Mon., closed.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“There are so many shops you could spend the day here! Great buys of name brand items. Fall and Christmas time can be busy so go early to get parking. Shops such as North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brighton, Under Armour, and so many more!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The best bacon you will ever have in your life, typically has a long wait in the morning, best to go at night to avoid the line. ”
  • 248 locals recommend
Park
“Tripple falls and hooker falls are quite popular but very easy to get to for familys and very pretty. If you want to go on longer hikes there are more water falls deeper into the the park. You can also avoid most bike traffic if you desire as there are plenty of walking only trails. For mountain biking there are a ton of awesome spots. If your a beginner or love flow, the lake imaging pond side of the park has some of the most popular trails in the region (ridge line). Fun fast lines and the difficulty of the trails is mostly up to how fast you go. Please be responsible with speeds and respect other trail users. If you want a harder slower more techy trail, check out the ceder rock side of the park. They are some of my favorite trails in the park. Excellent views, and some really fun tech climbs and rocky slick rock descents. If youve never ridden DuPont, this whole are is worth a visit, at least for a half day or days ride.”
  • 217 locals recommend
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Hotel
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“Located in Uptown Charlotte, EPICENTRE is the Southeast’s hub for dining, entertainment, recreation, nightlife and hospitality. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Rafting
“Excellent outdoor sporting activities in all seasons. White water rafting, zip lining, bike trails, rock wall climbing, and ice skating in the winter. Live music events, good food. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies® is literally teeming with life – thousands of exotic sea creatures comprised of more than 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg. Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around makes the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and ranked Top Destination to see penguins by USA Today Travel! Voted Best U.S. Aquarium by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the countries best zoo‘s! Festival of Lights is going on in the winter! Well worth a visit!!!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“74,000-seat football stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers & host of college teams.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Hotel
“A historic hotel. Enjoy a drink on the veranda at sunset. Mr grove was not invited to say at the biltmore estate so he built his own hotel mansion. Many famous figures thru out history have stayed here. A great place during Christmas. See the national gingerbread competition ”
  • 187 locals recommend
Park
“Stroll across Greenville’s iconic, suspension bridge, picnic by the river and let your kids cool off at the city’s only splash pad. You can also turn your visit into a scavenger hunt if you look for the butterflies from the Butterfly Keeper Project. Iconic suspension bridge of Greenville, paved walking trail, bench swings, picnic tables, splash pad Sunny and shady areas Restrooms Street-side parking or city parking garage”
  • 111 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Carowinds is an amusement park that straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, just off I-77, south of Charlotte. It's about an hour from The Lake House, and great family fun.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Clean and wholesome family fun, AND, crazy awesome roller coasters if you're into that....”
  • 78 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“The best bacon you will ever have in your life, typically has a long wait in the morning, best to go at night to avoid the line. ”
  • 248 locals recommend
Rafting
“Excellent outdoor sporting activities in all seasons. White water rafting, zip lining, bike trails, rock wall climbing, and ice skating in the winter. Live music events, good food. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Hotel
“A historic hotel. Enjoy a drink on the veranda at sunset. Mr grove was not invited to say at the biltmore estate so he built his own hotel mansion. Many famous figures thru out history have stayed here. A great place during Christmas. See the national gingerbread competition ”
  • 187 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great Historic Restaurant that sits on West Prong Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Waiting lines are a little long sometimes, but it's worth the wait!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Outside of Spain, some of the best Spanish tapas -- in Asheville! Tortilla espanola, paella, sangria, grilled iberian pork are delicious.”
  • 182 locals recommend
Brewery
“Nice brewery with a large outside patio. There are so many breweries to choose from you can’t really go wrong choosing one. ”
  • 161 locals recommend
Bakery
“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. Definitely a must visit.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“The infamous bean to bar chocolate lounge. My favorite truffle is the maple sea salt ”
  • 139 locals recommend

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