North Carolina Travel Guide

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This North Carolina travel guide tell about this diverse state's history, its geography, and the many fun and interesting things to do in the state. North Carolina is a remarkably varied state situated in the south eastern corner of the United States. The western portion is filled with tree-covered mountains and protected forest land, the eastern coast is lined with warm beaches, and everywhere in-between are cities alive with culture. North Carolina is alive with natural beauty.

North Carolina Travel Guide: About North Carolina

The territory that is now North Carolina was once home to a number of Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Tuscarora, Lumbee, Creek and Catawba. Sir Walter Raleigh chartered two colonies here in the late 1500s, but both of them were a failure. In fact, the disappearance one of these colonies, Roanoke Island, is one of the great mysteries of colonial America.

By the late 1600s, several settlements, established in North Carolina, were prospering. In 1786 North Carolina ratified the Constitution and became the 12th state of the Union.

North Carolina Travel Guide: Parts of North Carolina

Travelers divide the long pan-shaped North Carolina into three main areas: the western mountains, the eastern shores and the Piedmont in-between. Each offers a distinctly different North Carolinian flavor.

The Mountains

The far western arm of North Carolina offers a large variety of sights for eager travelers. Outdoor activities, such as hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, or any of the 800 miles of trails throughout the heavily forested mountains, are just waiting to be discovered. The North Carolina mountains are laced with trickling streams and over 300 waterfalls, ranging from a few feet tall to over four hundred feet from stream to ground.

Perhaps one of the most famous western North Carolinian cities, Asheville boasts old world European charm mixed with inviting southern hospitality and free-spirited people. Here you'll find the Biltmore Estates along with many fine restaurants and cultural events throughout the year.

For more in-depth information about Asheville and Biltmore, check out our travel guides: Biltmore Estate and Asheville NC

The southern Appalachian mountains were once the original home of the Cherokee Indians. The town of Cherokee celebrates their rich cultural heritage with native craftsmen, authentic Cherokee performances, gemstones, arts, and even gambling.

The Piedmont

The Piedmont area of North Carolina stretches between the eastern coast and western mountains of the state. The mostly flat areas of land are the home to one of America's first gold rushes, numerous golf courses, fishing opportunities and pristine lakes. And like the rest of the state, the Piedmont area is so filled with natural beauty, you won't be able to tear your eyes away.Two of North Carolina's most active cities - Raleigh and Durham - offer historic sights and a bustling city lifestyle. You'll find a mix of old-world charm and new world wonder in these southern towns. Charlotte, North Carolina's most populous city, also rests in the Piedmont area.

The Coast

The western part of North Carolina borders the Atlantic Ocean with white, sandy beaches and a number of small islands. The unique feature of the coastal area is the coexistence of secluded and crowded beaches within miles of each other. Towns such as Wilmington offer an active nightlife and many beautiful beach locations in which to relax.For more information about touring the coast of North Carolina, visit OuterBanks.org.

North Carolina - Diverse and Relaxing

North Carolina offers a surprising diversity of cultural events and tourist sights. From the pristine mountains of the west to the clear coasts of the east, the entire state is filled with natural beauty and charm that is sure to take your breath away. Let this North Carolina travel guide inspire you to spend your next vacation there.

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