From the coast to the mountains, North Carolina has charm to spare. That’s undeniable. In the Tar Heel State, there are so many great small towns—far too many to count—so choosing our favorites is a monumentally challenging task. But we’ve done it; we’ve picked 19 of our favorite small towns across the state. These spots are prime destinations for making memories. They’re ideal for weekend getaways and have plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, shopping, eating, boating, and wandering picturesque main streets.
Visit any one of these small towns, and you’re sure to run into locals who will greet you like family. Whether your thing is watersports, mountain climbing, antiquing, bookstore browsing, or lounging at a bed and breakfast, there’s a North Carolina small town on our list that will call out to you, compelling you to plan a trip soon. These towns are full of history and ecological wonders. Some you may have already visited. Whether eastern, western, or somewhere in between, these small towns have compelled us to plan a North Carolina road trip as soon as possible. Who’s with us?