On a relaxing day, it’s hard to beat curling up with the latest book from North Carolina author Nicholas Sparks. It’s even better if that cozy reading takes place in one of the coastal settings Sparks loves. It’s easy to see why Sparks loves living in – and writing about – southeastern North Carolina. It’s also easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, thanks to charming historic towns, quiet beaches, tidal rivers and pretty marshes as far as the eye can see.
Sports fans know North Carolina is a place where legends are made. Whether it’s the storied rivalry between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils, the #KeepPounding mantra of the Carolina Panthers, the thrill and speed of NASCAR or the excitement of having the Hornets name back in Charlotte, fans will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate their victories and sports heroes.
North Carolina is known for its striking beauty thanks to features like our vast mountains, forests and miles of gorgeous coastline. Yet, sometimes the perfect road trip means getting a little silly and venturing off the beaten path. This three-day trip will surely cause giggles while also creating lasting memories, whether you’re snapping photos in front of the world’s largest frying pan, visiting a town that inspired a classic TV show, or attending a long-running festival that features strange competitions.
Located in the cradle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard is the perfect pairing of an idyllic small town combined with the thrills of world-class outdoor activities. It’s a great place for you to spend a romantic weekend, whether your interests are cultural, such as music, art galleries, shopping and spas; or a bit more on the adventurous side, with paddling, hiking, biking and waterfalls.
It simply sounds good: The Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Perhaps not as well known as the Outer Banks to the north or the Brunswick Islands to the south. But here, right in the middle of the state’s sandy stretch of enticing coastline, is an 85-mile collection of anything and everything to make a vacation special, including some compelling golf based on quality rather than quantity.
Sometimes you just want sun, fun and quality time with your favorite women. And the coast of North Carolina has everything you need for an epic getaway. Take a local tour, get out on the water, taste wines and fresh seafood, and, of course, dish on life as you meander from the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds down to the breathtaking Crystal Coast.