North Carolina is one of the most beautiful and unique states in the US. It’s a state of contrasts offering everything from Sandy Beaches to dense forests, rolling mountains, and bustling cities.
North Carolina is bursting with natural beauty, culture, city living and rural sensibility. North Carolina is also bursting with history as well. The 12th state is where the Wright brothers to their first powered flights at Kitty Hawk, and colonial forts and homes still stand in much of the state.
Here are 3 road trips that you need to take in the Tar Heel State this year.
The Haunted Road Trip
For those who like a bit of fright in their life, this trip through the haunted history of North Carolina is right up your alley. It starts in the Great Dismal Swamp which was the site that inspire the novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Visitors and residents alike report strange sounds, screams, lights, and ghosts coming from the swamp, and wandering the nearby towns.
From there you can see the Maco Lights where a man named Joe Baldwin was decapitated by a train. The area also houses the Devil’s Tramping ground, a 40-foot circle where nothing will grow. Lastly, check out the Grove Park Inn where the Pink Lady fell to her death from a 5th-floor overlook
North Carolina is home to some amazing waterfalls. This trip goes from north to south through the state and visits the most breathtaking falls in North Carolina. Linville Falls is the first stop, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. After an easy 4 mile hike, you can see 5 lookouts with unique views. Crabtree Falls is next, just a short hop from Linville. It’s a short 3-milehike.
Next are the Looking Glass Falls, which have clam pools perfect for a dip, Moore Cove Falls is a beautify walk-behind waterfall, and Cove Creek Falls which is perfect for kids and grown-ups. Lastly the huge 811 foot Whitewater Falls which is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.
Outer Banks Scenic Byway
The Outer Banks offer some of the most beautiful beaches in America. The 137-mile scenic byway will take you through 21 beach towns such as Bodie Island, Hatteras and Ocracoke as you follow the coastline. Make sure to check out Hatteras Lighthouse which is the tallest of it’s kind in the country.
With so much to see in North Carolina, you can find something for everyone in your family to fall in love with.