North Carolina February 03, 2017
11 Incredible Trips In North Carolina That Will Change Your Life
Life-changing trips come in all shapes and sizes. It could be a simple weekend at the beach with unforgettable company, or a trip that involves conquering your fears while learning something new. The best part about North Carolina is JUST how adventurous the state is, so life changing trips are not too hard to come by – it might just take a little blood, sweat, and thrills!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Jockey's Ridge
For a true Sahara experience right beside the coast, Jockey's Ridge is wildly enchanting. Activities here can range from extreme to serene - like hang gliding off the sand dune or either just walking to the top to take it all in. As the highest active sand dune on the east coast, it made our list of
the most incredible natural wonders in North Carolina.
2. Shackleford Banks
Shackleford Banks doesn't only have the bluest, clearest water in North Carolina, but this small stretch of paradise is home to wild horses, some of the best seashells, and untouched marshland. A 15-minute ferry ride takes you to Shackleford, where you won't find electricity or running water on the island. It's a unique place, read all about it
3. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse isn't just the tallest lighthouse in North Carolina, but also recognized as one of the tallest in the world. It's also a classic icon for North Carolina. The lighthouse has a fascinating history and has been moved to new locations more than once. Climbing to the top will give you more than just a good workout, but some of the best views. While visiting, try out this incredible
lighthouse road trip.
4. Mount Mitchell
Do you really need an excuse to visit the highest point east of the Rockies? Mount Mitchell is a paradise for 360-degree views and good for either a short day trip or a longer day hike. The Old Mitchell Trail was featured on our list of
the 15 best hikes.
5. Cape Hatteras
Miles of untouched shoreline, driving on the beach, wild ponies, lighthouses, roads to nowhere, it's hard to sum up the beauty of Cape Hatteras in one short description. Read all about this remote beach paradise
6. Linville Gorge
When a place is deemed the 'Grand Canyon of the East' it's obvious that this destination is pretty amazing. Linville Gorge is a unique sight to North Carolina and also home to some amazing hiking trails, like Table Rock. For an easy way to take in the views, drive to Wiseman's Overlook. Learn more about Linville Gorge by reading our piece
7. Grandfather Mountain
one of a kind mile high swinging bridge
and black bears to hiking trails and some of the best views in the High County, Grandfather is always on everyone's must-visit list for good reason.
8. Linn Cove Viaduct
Everyone loves the Blue Ridge Parkway and it's one of the most popular driving routes not just in North Carolina, but America. What can you say though, it literally dangles you on the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains while offering stunning views and scenic overlooks. Linn Cove Viaduct might just be the most photographed portion and not far #7 Grandfather Mountain. Make sure to add it along with our list of
9. Biltmore Estate
If you've lived in North Carolina for 30 years or 30 days, a must-visit place is Biltmore Estate. America's Castle was once the largest privately owned home in America, and today is open for tours. While many think they know everything there is to know about Biltmore,
these ten surprising facts are good to know before a trip.
10. Dry Falls
North Carolina is home to over 300 waterfalls, with a majority of those concentrated around Transylvania County. North Carolinians love a good waterfall swimming hole, or challenging waterfall hike, but something truly unique? A walk behind waterfall. The epic
is a must-visit in North Carolina, and not far from other gorgeous waterfalls as well.
11. Grandfather Trail, Grandfather Mountain
The Grandfather Trail is considered a 'bucket list' hike by many. The trail includes 13 ladders of various sizes that help you scale up the mountain. It's not for the faint of heart but has been said to be great for conquering a few fears and being treated to some rare, coveted view in the process.
read more about it here.
I’d say these are certainly life changing and also incredible. Which ones have you done and which ones are you going to do first?