North Carolina March 13, 2015
These 25 Jaw Dropping Places In North Carolina Will Blow You Away
With warm weather making a comeback, my travel genes are urging me to take a weekend road trip. Yet, with so many beautiful sights to see in one great state, how can I choose? Well, I must start somewhere! Here is a list of twenty-five essential sights to see and things to do in North Carolina.
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25. The 'Serendipity House' from the movie Nights in Rodanthe.
24. ' The Road to Nowhere' starts in Bryson City and leads to a tunnel deep within the Smoky Mountains. Although this road to nowhere has much speculation and dead ends past the tunnel, it gives you breathtaking views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains.
23. While you're in the car, take a drive down the Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail. It covers 42 miles with four vineyards where the land flows for miles into vast hills as mountains sit in the distance.It's a beautiful drive, just make sure to bring a DD!
22. NC is home to its own mini-desert at Jockey's Ridge, the largest active sand dune on the east coast.
21. Step back in time in downtown Winston-Salem. Old Salem is a little slice of history, take a tour, ride a horse-drawn carriage, and make sure to get some Moravian cookies.
20. Live a little and conquer your fears on the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain.
Labor Day in N. Carolina
19. Since we're in the mountains, take a drive to Chimney Rock State Park, one of the filming locations for the movie The Last of the Mohicans.
18. Linville Falls was also a filming location. Besides breathtaking waterfalls, Linville has some beautiful hiking trails.
17. Breathtaking in it's own unique way, The USS North Carolina is a floating slice of history. This battleship was awarded 15 battle stars during her service.
16. Craggy Bottoms Trail is straight out of a fairytale. It leads to breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
15. Though the ships that explored the NC beaches are long gone, you can still see their legacy with the descendants of Spanish mustangs known as 'Corolla Wild Ponies'
14. No list of NC landmarks is complete without The Biltmore Estate. Natives know the best time to go is during Christmas.
13. There's nothing quite like sliding down a 60-ft rock into crisp mountain water to remind you you're alive. Take a dip, or a (long) slip at Sliding Rock.
12. Come see sunken treasures, and sunken pieces, from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. ARRGH.
11. It's a real two-for-one on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamilico sound on the other.
10. The highest point on the East Coast, Mount Mitchell, is right here in our home state.
9. The infamous 'Dragon' at Deals Gap is one of the most popular roads for motorcyclist because of it's sharp turns and breathtaking views. Take a drive, if you dare!
8. The Atkinson Mill in Selma will take you back in time, it has been in continuous operation for more than 250 years.
7. The Reed Gold Mine, outside of Concord, is the only underground gold mine open to the public. It is also said to be the location of the 'first documented commercial gold find in America.'
6. Tryon Palace is a true NC gem. Located in New Bern, it is known for being the first permanent state capitol.
5. NC loves its Nostalgia. Bath gives you just that. As NC's oldest town this waterfront community is beautiful.
4. Meander a bit off the Blue Ridge and you'll find Skinny Dip Falls. A beautiful, hidden gem perfect for swimming on a warm summer day.
3. Bald Head Island Lighthouse or 'Old Baldy' is the oldest NC lighthouse.
2) Standing at the edge of Blowing Rock.
1. There's nothing more 'classic Carolina' than Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
In such a beautiful state, this list is really just scratching the surface. What are some of your favorite NC landmarks? Even better, what are some of your favorite hidden gems in this great state? Share below in the comments!