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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Nifty North Carolina road trips: 5 scenic sights to visit by car

    One of the original 13 British colonies which first formed the United States, North Carolina is home to plenty of historic and cultural sites but also some breathtaking natural beauty, including national and state parks, and dozens of beaches along some 300 miles of coastline. Gorgeous barrier islands; gospel music; Piedmont blues music; two types of tasty barbecue; Cherokee Indian culture; roadside attractions (like the world's largest working frying pan) - there's plenty of cool stuff…

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From beaches to Blackbeard, shipwrecks to sand dunes, the Outer Banks have something for everyone

Gavin Haskell/ I stood frozen with fear, unable to move. The terrifying image drew closer, curved sword swinging wildly. Just as the fearsome swashbuckler seemed about to separate my head and body, I snapped back to reality; left my all-too-real daydream about Blackbeard the pirate behind; and moved on the next exhibit in the museum. The dramatic, somewhat grisly story of Blackbeard is but one display that transforms The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras into a…

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The Coffee Shop in Jackson in 'Nostalgia Front & Center in Some U.S. Museums & Eateries'

Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame Louis Kaplan is channeling his childhood.  While a youngster, he collected baseball cards which he stored in boxes and treasured as souvenirs of the USA's favorite pastime.  Decades later, he’s reliving that time while visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, upstate New York.  Opportunities to recapture memories from the past are of course not limited to baseball, nor to New York. From Coca-Cola to cars, movies to museums,…

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Kitty Hawk one of '5 of the USA's Best Surfing Spots Outside Hawaii/California/Florida'

When it comes to surfing, Hawaii and California are of course the most famous states in the USA (and for places in the latter, like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, and Venice Beach, fly into Los Angeles International Airport and can an amazing deal at NÜ Car Rentals). But 21 other states also border oceans, with varyiing qualities of surfing in many. Here are five of the best, should your travels take you there (with at least three in driving distance of another NÜ…

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  • 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.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway...try to get to the top of the 2 big peaks there.  Clingman's Dome and Mount Mitchell. It's fun to ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, about 50 miles to the west and there's good minor league baseball and Saturday night NASCAR racing in Hickory to the east.

  • My wife and I may be heading to Asheville in a few days. Any tips?

  • It's Monday at The World on Wheels but instead of lamenting our lost weekend, we're finishing up our trip to North Carolina by taking in the beautiful fall colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains:

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Well, bless our hearts! The World on Wheels is headed south today. Come see the only destination that made me try to relocate as soon as I got home. It's a tour across North Carolina:

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • One of our members is seeking dining and activities suggestions in the fine city of Charlotte. To help her out, please click on this link to our "Ask A Travel Pro... Thanks much!
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