This is an area that is truly off the beaten path. This area is called Sugarloaf because of the bright white sand found there. It is full of hills and some people even like to slide down the hills on a sled. It has much history due to it being a base camp for Confederate Forces during the American Civil War. A friend and I found an old bottle dating back to that period. (We later found it in a museum). Located along the Cape Fear River.
there aren't alot of hotels on this barrier island and you can get away from it all and just relax. Also there are about 4 great lighthouses here if you like old historic lighthouses then this is the best place to be.
Now finally the best part if you have a 4x4 then the best part is the northern part of the island is completely undeveloped and the beaches are access by 4 wheel drive only but it gets better than that and if you want to see some wild horses they have them there which they have been on the island for a couple hundred years or so from a shipwreck...well worth a visit.
If you travel through the mountains on a hot summer's day, you can go to this natural waterslide to cool off! It's called Sliding Rock, and it's very slippery and fun. There is a 7 foot pool below the rock. Located on U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard.
Enjoy the beautiful colors of Fall when you arrive upon Grandfather mountain (NC). As the early morning clouds lift on an October morning, brilliant fall foliage can be seen from Hwy. 105 near the Watauga and Avery County line. Very scenic tour.
Fontana Village-On beautiful Lake Fontana adjacent to Fontana Dam-open year round-offering lodge and cabin accommodations-campground, restaurant, village grill, general store, ice cream parlor, trails for cycling, marina, swimming pool, riding stables, mini-golf course, museum, and special events for guests.
No matter the season, Historic Fontana Village is a year-round haven of nature?s splendor. The village, the largest in the Great Smoky Mountains, is The gateway to some of North Carolina?s most outstanding features.
The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, the Cherohala Skyway, whitewater rafting in Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Dam (the highest peak in eastern America) and of course the Great Smoky Mountains, the largest protected biosphere in the world!
Pictured here: An old mill located in Fontana Village, North Carolina. This area is pristine in natural beauty and filled with culture and history..a scenic drive and worth the trip*
North Carolina has miles of beautiful coastline and beautiful beaches. The photo was taken in South Carolina, at tourist-filled Myrtle Beach. If you like beaches lined with young people ready to party then this is a great place for you.
The mountains of North Carolina are among the oldest in the world and provide a more subtle form of beauty than the mountains out West (e.g. Colorado). You'll find scenic views, great fall foliage, wildlife and warm, friendly people.
In the greater Asheville area and throughout the mountain region, you'll find great rivers for white water rafting. The Nantahala River is one of the best. If you're interested, check out the website below.
Take the time and visit a small town. North Carolina is not all Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte. If you think what was (at one time) good about America has completely disappeared, a small town in North Carolina is just a stone's throw from the fast lane.
For those that like to work with their hands, and can be impressed with life size dinosaurs made of folded paper, I would recommend the Southeastern Origiami Festival held once every two years in the downtown Charlotte. Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese, meaning 'to fold' (oru) 'paper' (kami). http://southeastorigami.home.mindspring.com/
The events run for more than one week in September and the next festival will be in the Sept. 2002 and then 2004. This year we added to our growing life size dinosaur skeleton models of folded paper that stand in the Nations Bank Center in downtown Charlotte. Along with that may be life size Rhino's, seven foor tall winged horses and many much smaller models for all to see.
Street workshops are scheduled for the public to try their hand at different origiami activities.
If you don't know take a look at Joseph Wu's Origami website for more information.
This past year visitors came from around the world including Japan, South America, France, Belgium, UK, China, India and a host of other international destinations attended. There are book signings with origami authors and if you register for the conference you can learn simple to highly complex models.
This is a wonderful activity for children and everyone else alike. So put Charlotte down on your calendar for Sept. 2002. This is a very nice time of year for general siteseeing and the weather is generally warm (75 to 85 F.)
From Sanford, where I lived, to Rockingham was about an hour drive. The big racing center was close to highway 1 there. My next door neighbor loved to go to the races. He took me there. We did not go to the races at all. We just stayed out side for one of the biggest and best tailgate parties you can imagine.
North Carolina Museum of Art was first art museum I ever visited in my life. I've gone to other art museums since then because I liked that one so well. It is located in western part of Raleigh. I don't remember the address but I recall it was not far from the fair grounds and that just next door there was a prison for women. I wondered if any of the prisoners were former art thieves.
Visit the North Carolina State Fair. Traffic was bad getting there but it was worth it. I had great time at the fair. Visited the fair grounds another time for an outdoor expo that was even better and much less crowded. The expo had exhibitions for almost any sport or activity one could do out of doors. It was a great idea. Manufacturers had their exhibits there and gave away tons of free samples. I don't have a schedule of activities at the fairgrounds. You can find some information about that by visiting this web site... http://www.agr.state.nc.us/fair
Visit the state zoo in Asheboro. I would go to the zoo in Ashboro on holidays when I was missing my family back in Kansas. The zoo was very nice but not very large back in 1986. All of the exhibits were of such a quality it was a pleasure to see the fine habitats the animals had to live in. Wish I could go back now and see how it has expanded.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is in a new home since I was last there. It is in Raleigh at 11 W. Jones Street. I like nature so this museum was a great one for me to visit. I remember it had a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. Kind of neat to see just how huge a real whale could be.
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