We’ve all watched a science fiction movie, we’ve seen the way the other planets were depicted: foreign, untouchable, but still somewhat familiar. North Carolina has immense beauty and sometimes that beauty can be otherworldly. From miles of endless, sandy beaches, giant frozen waterfalls, and even a few strange creatures…North Carolina can look straight from another planet, especially in these twelve places.
1. Jockey's Ridge
You can't help but feel otherworldly standing next to the largest active sand dune on the East coast.
2. Linville Caverns
Have you found a secret entrance to the inside of Mars? No, you've just gone underground and entered Linville Caverns.
3. Stone Mountain
In the middle of a quiet field you'll witness a giant granite dome rising from the ground. It's quite breathtaking yet somewhat strange upon first sight.
4. Blue ghost fireflies, DuPont State Forest
These tiny fireflies emit a blue-green glow as opposed to the typical yellow light. They've been said to resemble glowing fairies while others say they're ghosts of Confederate soldiers. Naturally, anything this blue and rare will create many legends. They only appear for a month each summer. You'll want to catch a glimpse of this natural wonder for yourself.
5. Brown Mountain Lights
Another glowing anomaly is the Brown Mountain Lights. They might indeed be 'out of this world.'
6. Paint Rock
Upon first approaching this multi-colored rock, you might be taken aback. But, the coloration is over 5,000 years old and one of the best examples of Native American hieroglyphics,
7. Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden
Surrounded by flesh-eating plants? Yeah, that is not something that's totally normal. This plant garden is actually quite unique and home to several Venus Fly Traps which are native to North Carolina.
8. Clingman's Dome
In both Tennessee and North Carolina, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the architecture of Clingman's Dome looks straight from a sci fi movie.
9. Brevard white squirrels
You might think you've entered an alternate universe at your first spotting of a white squirrel in Brevard.
10. Lake Mattamuskeet
Lake Mattamuskeet's coastal beauty is out of this world.
11. Outer Banks
While some parts of the Outer Banks are quite developed, the true gems lie in the underdeveloped, rural sections. From miles of untouched coastline, sightings of wild and free horses roaming along the beaches, and surreal sunsets...the Outer Banks are like stepping onto another planet.
12. Blue Ridge Mountains in the winter
From large formations of ice gripping onto rocks, waterfalls frozen in time, and miles of snow-capped branches, you can feel like you've quite literally left Earth.