Hikes, amazing views, and nature abound. An outdoor enthusiast's best trip to central North Carolina.
GET ACTIVE AT THE U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER
The largest man-made whitewater course in the world accommodates first-time paddlers and elite athletes. With more than 30 land- and water-based activities on 1,300 acres, USNWC is a full-day destination for playing outdoors, dining together, listening to music and making memories.
CHRISTMAS TOWN U.S.A.®
One of the best Christmas lights displays in America takes place in McAdenville. Each December this village transforms into Christmas Town U.S.A.® with trees bedecked in half a million lights. Folks from across the Southeast visit this top-rated Christmas lights display, enjoying a tradition that began in 1956.
DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS
Nationally renowned Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features spectacular gardens covering 110 acres and drawing visitors year-round. The centerpiece is a large, atrium-like visitor pavilion with a century-old stained-glass dome. A five-story glass orchid conservatory is the only one of its kind in the Carolinas, showcasing orchids and tropical plants.
IT'S TIME TO #GOGASTON
Gaston County offers an abundance of rivers, gentle hills, creek valleys and isolated mountain ridges that make it an ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors.