Cheap Flights to North Carolina

North Carolina overview

Most visitors book flights to North Carolina to visit the state where flying first took off. The Wright Brothers powered the first flight in 1903 at Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. Today, visitors can pay homage to the first man-powered flight at the Wright Memorial at Kitty Hawk.

The southern state offers a wealth of attractions and activities from the beaches at the Outer Banks, overnight camp trips in the Great Smoky Mountains, or some shopping in one of North Carolina’s major shopping districts. To date, North Carolina produces the largest amount of furniture in the US.

Annually, North Carolina sees more than $1 billion from visitors booking North Carolina flights and hotel accommodations. Travellers to North Carolina take part in everything from golfing, skiing, fishing and of course, some serious shopping, keeping people coming back for more.

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North Carolina climate

North Carolina’s climate on the southern coast can be in the mid-teens in January, with summer temperatures cooled to the low 20s by ocean breezes. The Piedmont gets very hot and humid with temperatures in the 30s. Peak hurricane season is from August all the way to October. Spring and autumn are great times to visit.

When to fly to North Carolina

Peak Season:

Peak season along North Carolina’s coast is in summer, and Charlotte is busy with festivals and sporting events. Most state and local fairs are held in August and September.

October is peak season in the mountains, and the monarch butterfly annual migration draws crowds around Wagon Road Gap. Fishing at Cape Lookout is best done in Autumn.

Off Season:

Off peak season in the Triangle is when the schools are out in summer session.

Along the coast it gets quiet during spring, autumn, and early winter when temperatures are between ten and 15 degrees Celsius. It can get quite cold in January and February and many businesses are closed.

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Getting around North Carolina

Catching an internal flight is a quick and cheap way to get around the state. Trains serve the major inland cities, and there is frequent bus service in the Piedmont (the central part of the state). Ferries along the coast connect some of the coastal town.

The shoreline and mountains in the west are best explored by car, especially the Blue Ridge Parkway through the mountains. The highways tend to be well maintained and some have rest areas with picnic and cooking facilities.

North Carolina’s cities and towns including the Charlotte Uptown area and the downtown areas of the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) are best explored on foot. The towns also have convenient and inexpensive public transportation.

North Carolina insider information

  • History buffs will love visiting North Carolina which was named for King Charles I. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is the preserved site of the settlement and the Elizabethan Gardens, with a statue of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World, is a living memorial to the settlers.
  • Head off the beaten track and visit the shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem or the world’s largest Ten Commandments, built by the Church of God of Prophecy at Fields of the Wood in 1945 is said to be visible from space. Each letter is 1.5 metres (five feet) tall.
  • Curious to see what the world’s largest chest of drawers looks like? Then take a trip to High Point, the "The Home Furnishings Capital of the World". Built in the 1920s by the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the original chest of drawers was 6 metres (20 feet) high. Thereafter, in 1996 a 11-metre (38-foot) tall chest of drawers was constructed.
  • Visit the largest privately owned home in the US, Biltmore House, situated near Asheville. Home of the Vanderbilts and built between 1885 and 1895, it is one of the finest examples of Gilded Age architecture. The interior is breathtaking with paintings by Whistler, Renoir and Sargent, and the extensive grounds (8,000 acres) include an English walled garden, an All-America rose garden, winter garden and Italian garden.

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How much do things cost in North Carolina?

Charlotte
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 3.92
1 km taxi journey
C$ 3.18
Large bottle of water
C$ 2.54
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
C$ 3.27
Raleigh
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
C$ 1.78
One-way ticket (local transport)
C$ 2.12
3 course meal for 2
C$ 78.37
Taxi - fixed fee
C$ 2.55
Durham
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
C$ 1.44
Cheap meal
C$ 13.71
Taxi - fixed fee
C$ 4.70
Cappuccino
C$ 4.57
Greensboro
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
C$ 6.53
Large bottle of water
C$ 2.45
Cheap meal
C$ 13.06
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 3.92

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