Certainly, you’ve heard of the classic 7 Wonders of the World. These ancient man-made creations were perhaps the first tourist destinations on the planet.

North Carolina has its share of wonders, too. Natural wonders in the Old North State abound, from the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge.

But in keeping with the first list, the official Longleaf Politics 7 Wonders of North Carolina will stick to feats of civil engineering.

Biltmore Estate

Construction on America’s largest house began near Asheville in 1889 by George Vanderbilt. With 250 rooms and sitting on 8,000 acres, this marvel is North Carolina’s version of the Taj Mahal.

Biltmore Estate. Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge

America’s highest suspension footbridge has been in place since 1952 and spans an 80-foot gap along Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak. I’ve seen people cry with fright as the bridge swings.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge. Photo by Jared via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

At 210 feet, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the tallest in the United States and perhaps the most well-known icon of North Carolina.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Photo by scott1346 via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Linn Cove Viaduct

North Carolina’s best-known stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway is an internationally known “engineering marvel,” according to the Blue Ridge Parkway Association.

Linn Cove Viaduct. Photo by Kolin Toney via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Bank of America Corporate Center

The headquarters of North Carolina’s largest company is also the tallest building between Atlanta and Washington D.C.

Raleigh Beer Garden

When it opened, RBG had more beer taps than anywhere else on earth.

World’s Largest Chair

The “World’s Largest Chair” is a celebration of North Carolina’s role in the furniture industry and a downtown Thomasville landmark.

Photo via UNC-Chapel Hill Library.

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