Experience Firsts that Last in North Carolina.
The first time you visit North Carolina will not be your last. That’s because once you trek through our picturesque mountains, explore our vibrant cities or seek ultimate relaxation on our pristine coastline you’ll want to return again and again. Come, experience firsts that last in North Carolina.
Adventure awaits almost anywhere you go in North Carolina, set against a backdrop of striking scenic beauty. From the highest point in the East at the top of Mount Mitchell to watersports on the Atlantic Ocean, travellers find themselves immersed in the outdoors and the magic it has to offer.
North Carolina offers bike trails as diverse as our regions – from the Brevard area (known as the Cycling Capital of the South) to more extreme thrills in the High Country, and miles of trails stretching across the state. If you prefer to explore by car, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 252 miles through North Carolina, with camping, hiking and historic sites along the way. Exciting and serene hikes stretch across the state as well, with the Appalachian Trail and the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.
The height of North Carolina’s mountains is modest compared to Everest or K2, but the forested peaks with halos of blue and grey reflect uncommon beauty. Dramatic vistas, hiking and biking trails, rivers, lakes and hundreds of waterfalls invite travellers to experience treasures within the landscape.
The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park offer access to the mountain region’s heritage as well as its wealth of wildflowers and wildlife. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to elk, black bears and other grand species as well as rare salamanders, blue fireflies and 200 species of birds.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is famous for scenic overlooks and access to trails. It’s also dotted with opportunities to explore folk arts and traditional crafts, old-time fiddle and banjo music, gem mining, history and authentic mountain cuisine.
North Carolina’s most celebrated food tradition is barbecue ― specifically pork that has been slowly smoked over wood until tender enough to melt in your mouth. Old-fashioned barbecue restaurants operate the same way they have for generations while modern chefs showcase their culinary training with creative side dishes to accompany the pork.
Other specialties include trout from mountain streams and seafood from the ocean and inland bodies of water.
As an agricultural state, North Carolina farmers and artisan food producers work with chefs across the state to the delight of diners. No matter how inventive they are, their efforts reflect their pride in authentic foodways of the South.
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