From the highest mountain peaks in the eastern United States to the Outer Banks, a pet friendly trip to North Carolina is sure to please. With hundreds of waterfalls, four national forests, dozens of lakes, and beaches that stretch for miles, it's a haven for outdoor adventures. Discover why the Blue Ridge Parkway is called “America’s Favorite Drive,” enjoy the gardens at Biltmore Estate, or sample the world-famous barbecue and locally crafted beer in one of the state's many vibrant cities or eclectic college towns. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, mountains or beaches, the energy of city life or the tranquility of nature, you'll find it in North Carolina.
Best Time To Visit
North Carolina has great weather all year, so the best time to visit depends on what pet friendly things you like to do. The mountains and the coast are wonderful in summer and fall for hiking, biking, or hitting the beach. The central Piedmont region can be quite hot in summer, but is perfectly lovely in May and June, and again from late September through October. Plan a fall trip to take in the colorful show put on by the hardwood trees covering the mountains. And if winter sports are on your agenda, the ski resorts in the Appalachian Mountains hit their peak in January and February. North Carolina's most questionable weather arrives in March and April, but spring is also when you'll find great deals on hotel rooms, from the beaches to the mountain towns.
Things Not To Miss
Meander the lush garden paths or hit the 23 miles of hiking trails that criss-cross the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate in Asheville. When you've worked up an appetite, make your way to Antler Hill Village and choose a table on one of the pet friendly patios.
Discover rugged mountain views and pastoral landscapes along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. When you need to stretch your legs, choose from miles of hiking trails along the way.
Stop in for a drink at the famous Dog Bar in Charlotte, where pups can be unleashed as long as they respond to voice commands.
Make plenty of time to enjoy the dog friendly beaches, charming towns, and historic sites--including Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers completed the most famous 12-second flight ever--in the Outer Banks.
Admire the stunning 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stroll the nature paths, or hike the alpine trails at Grandfather Mountain.
Choose from the world’s largest selection of draft beers available in one restaurant at the Raleigh Beer Garden, where dogs are welcome on the well-heated patio.