If a visit to North Carolina is on your bucket list, you’re in for a real treat. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Crystal Coast, North Carolina boasts some of the most stunning vistas of any state in the country. Follow these recommendations from the travel expert’s ad North Carolina natives to ensure your trip exceeds your expectations.
Plan to start your visit in the bucolic college town of Ashville nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. With a vibrant downtown scene and a huge selection of farm to fork restaurants, Asheville won’t disappoint. Take in one of the many local festivals and be sure to plan a trip to the nation’s largest home, Biltmore Estates, and tour the spectacular home and grounds. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of comfortable walking shoes from the huge selection available at Puma. Your feet will thank you! After enjoying the sites in and around Ashville, head east towards the Piedmont Triad towns of Greensboro, Winston Salem and High Point. Once known for textiles, tobacco and furniture, these towns have grown into a bustling metropolis boasting nearly a dozen universities and all the concerts and theater productions they produce. Don’t forget to sample some of the state’s famous BBQ found through the triad cities.
Continue east to the state capital of Raleigh located in the Triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. State museums and fabulous architecture beckon around nearly every corner. Some of the most beautiful gardens can be found surrounding Duke University and the number of micro brew pubs are too prolific to count. Be sure to enjoy the vibrant food truck scene in the old downtown area of Raleigh as you tour the city center and historic sites.
Continue east to your final destination, the stunning blue waters of the Crystal coast communities of Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll shores and Atlantic Beach. Private home rentals are abundant as are the opportunities to catch endless crabs for a true evening feast. Watch out for cyclists and golf carts as these are the major source of transportation in these very relaxed beach towns. Enjoy your trip to North Carolina – we’re sure you’ll be back!