From the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains to the beaches of the Outer Banks, the Tar Heel State's got plenty to keep you busy. That includes history and culture in places like Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro.

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RVing on the Outer Banks

This 200-mile-long string of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast is a beach-driving paradise, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, covering some 70 miles of it, is a great place to park your RV for an amazing vacation. Where exactly you choose to do so will depend on your budget and your choice of camping style. Currently there is no admission fee to the National Seashore if you just wish to walk the beaches, swim, picnic, and play water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, and…

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8 awesome things to do in Carolina Beach Located on the Cape Fear coast at the northern end of Pleasure Island, one of North Carolina's barrier islands, just south of the historic city of WIlmington, Carolina Beach (year-round poulation just over 5,000) is bursting with exciting events and things to do apart from the great beach, with swimming, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. And here are eight of them, for fantastic family fun when the weather's warm (generally June through…

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Asheville one of '9 U.S. Small Towns and Cities with Big Music Chops'

Hundreds of people who were jammed into an amphitheater swayed and clapped their hands in time to music. Not far away, a much smaller crowd listened with rapt attention as a trio combined the sounds of mellow jazz with hip-hop. Music fans gather in large cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas to treat their ears to favorite melodies and harmonies. Others around the country enjoy their preferred tunes and performers where they live, or close by. read post  

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North Carolina in 'Barbecue in the USA: A Quick Primer'

Christian Geischeder In the United States, barbecue is a year-round treat, and many regions of the country – mostly in the South – have their own particular slant on the art of roasting, smoking, and saucing meats on a nice hot grill or in a smoker or pit. But summertime is especially barbecue time here, when BBQ cookouts are common. Here’s a quick primer of the top variations for those of you visiting soon. read post  

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  • Leaf peeping in the South? Aparently it´s pretty good here in the Tarheel State!
    Fall Color: Head to North Georgia, North Carolina for spectacular foliage and more
    Mid-October to early November is prime time to see the fall foliage at its peak, so set aside a weekend for a drive up north.
  • Several weeks ago Tripadvisor came out with this - something to definitely look forward to this summer! :)
    5 romantic getaways in North Carolina - Tripadvisor
    From urban beer crawls to sunset kayaking in the Atlantic.
  • Skiing/snowboarding etc. certainly don't pop to mind for most of us when we think North Carolina, but Condé Nast Traveler just zeroed in on five winter resorts worth a visit:
    North Carolina Ski Resorts: The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect Weekend Ski Trip
    Relatively mild weather and offerings for all ski levels make these five ski resorts well worth the trip.
  • Just recently, US News and World Report ranked the USA's best getaways for autumn - and guess what came in at the top of the list: none other than Asheville!
  • Turns out there's this dude in Durham who calls himself the "Black Bourbon Guy" conducts tastings and teaches cocktail classes featuring said spirit, along with a dose of lore, especially as to how its history is intertwined with black people dating back to the days of slavery. Just this week BBC Travel did an interesting piece about him:
    The untold history of black bourbon
    It's become undeniable that black people – once missing from American whiskey bars and in the telling of whiskey's story – have long played a role in…
  • When I lived in Miami, a number of my friends and acquaintances would head for vacations in Asheville (two couples even owned properties there), which is an oasis of blue, progressivism, and gay-friendliness in a state that despite having a Democratic governor still tilts too rightwing for my taste. But I digress - Asheville is known for its shopping, entertainment, and dining, and USA Today recently came out with a list of the town's ten best restaurants:
    Best places to eat in Asheville, North Carolina, according to chef John Fleer
    Experience the flavors of western North Carolina at Asheville's most beloved restaurants, as told by chef John Fleer.
  • Our thoughts and best wishes to the people and tourism industry of this wonderful state, still being ravaged by Hurricane Florence. At least one bright note, though: the Outer Banks amazingly report minimal damage from storm:


    Many residents who evacuated North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, a popular tourist destination spared from the worst of the storm's wrath.

    While other parts of the state were suffering catastrophic flooding from a storm that caused at least seven deaths, county officials and business owners on the low-lying islands reported relatively minimal damage, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

  • There is an abundance of outdoor activities in NC

  • Thanks, Darryl. And Sherry, I clicked on this link; very useful. 

  • Just walking around downtown exploring local boutiques and restaurants is fun. Definitely visit the Biltmore while there. I also love Chimney Rock and Lake Lure which is just a short drive from Asheville.

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