Central North Carolina Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Ackland Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Come and see one of the Southeast's strongest collections of Asian art, plus an outstanding selection of drawings, prints, and photographs...


  • Arts/Performance Venue

A nonprofit visual-arts center, Artspace offers open studios, where artists are happy to talk to you about their work. The gift shop...

Ava Gardner Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Located in the hometown of the legendary movie star, this museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia tracing Gardner's life, from...

Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • Historic District/Site

In April 1865 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to U.S. General William T. Sherman in this humble Piedmont farmhouse,...

Bicentennial Garden and Bog Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Sandwiched between two busy roads, these two gardens flourish almost despite themselves. The garden beds are carefully tended, especially...

Bob Timberlake Gallery

  • Museum/Gallery

North Carolina's most successful artist is best known for his landscapes of the rural South, especially his native Lexington. Many of...

Brightleaf Square

  • Store/Shop/Mall

In the former Watts and Yuille warehouses, Brightleaf Square is named for the tobacco that once filled these buildings. The two long...

Childress Vineyards

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Modeled after an Italian villa, this stately winery provides both an atmosphere and a level of quality that is not what one might expect...

City Market

  • Market/Bazaar

Specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a small farmers' market are found in this cluster of cobblestone streets. ...

Colonial Heritage Center

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Situated near Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, this historic park draws you into the life of early settlers with a hands-on...


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