I’m a born and raised Mainer. I love Maine, but at times I think I missed out of my calling to be a Southern Belle. Over the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to explore a bit of the Deep South and have fallen in love with it. There is something about sweet tea and a slow drawl that makes my heart swoon.
While I’ve only ever been to Charleston, the Carolinas are special. I could easily picture myself settling down in some quaint little town in the Carolinas. Of course, I’d have a hard time choosing between an Antebellum era mansion in the coastal lowlands and a charming cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Experience the Beaches of Wilmington
Wilmington is a port city in coastal southeastern North Carolina that was named the “Best American Riverfront” by USA Today in 2014. The city is home to early American history, a college, the Coast Guard, and a movie production studio that had produced the likes of Iron Man 3 and One Tree Hill. Three popular beaches are just 25 minutes from the city– Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.
Explore Raleigh, the “Smithsonian of the South”
Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina and home to North Carolina State University. Raleigh is known for its many historic sites, world-class museums, and art scene. The city offers over 40 free attractions and numerous high quality museums like the North Carolina Museum of History and Contemporary Art Museum, which is why Raleigh is often called the “Smithsonian of the South.”
Discover Durham’s Tobacco History
Duke University is the pride and joy of Durham, North Carolina. Outside of bleeding Duke blue, Durham is known for its tobacco production. After the Civil War the city expanded rapidly with the new tobacco industry. Much of the old tobacco warehouses have been renovated into shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels.
Greensboro – The Heartland of North Carolina
Greensboro is located in North Carolina’s heartland making it the perfect place to relax. The city is home to over 500 restaurants and more than 80 different accommodations to meet your needs. Greensboro is a great home base for hiking. With Pisgah Forest and Hanging Rock State Park nearby, there is no excuse not to bring your hiking boots. After a long morning of hiking, head to the Greensboro Science Center for the Sciquarium and the Bodies exhibit.
Trek Asheville’s Miles of Trails
Asheville is a small city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Many tourists come to Asheville just to see the largest privately owned house in the United States – the Biltmore Estate. Just outside of the city limits lie thousands of miles of trails that twist and climb through the peaks and valleys surrounding the city. Head to Asheville during the fall to see the colorful fall foliage.
While I’m about to head out to explore the world, I can’t wait to return home someday to explore more of the Eastern seaboard, including North Carolina.
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