Summer Escapes to North Carolina
Unwind your summer on the sunny coast of North Carolina. Visitors from around the globe get lost in the beautiful scenery, southern charm, and the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, mountains or beaches, the rhythm of city life or the tranquility of nature, you’ll find it all in North Carolina.
Coast — On the eastern side of the state, the Outer Banks offers a splash of fun for everyone. The scenic coast views some of the world’s most prized resources, lighthouses. For the past two centuries, lighthouses have guarded the east coast. To date, the tallest brick beacon in the country is known as The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Standing at 208 feet, the lighthouse is located south along highway 12 on Hatteras Island. Depending on the weather, the lighthouse is open to friends and family for climbing from Good Friday to Columbus Day between 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. www.visitnc.com/listings/view/31782
Piedmont — Explore a great collection of southern cities packed with arts, entertainment, fine dining and superb shopping.
Hang from the vines and taste some of The Old North’s states wines. With dates as far back as 400 years, the mother vine is known as the oldest grapevine in North Carolina. With over 100 wineries to taste, you’ll be sure to send your taste buds flying. In the southern roots of North Carolina sits the Cloer Family Vineyards, located on a farm in Apex. With ongoing events, the Cloer Family Vineyards is a fun place to bring your whole family and enjoy a picnic lunch. www.visitncwine.com/
Mountains — While passing through America’s favorite drive, be sure to view an up-scale look from the highest peak east of the Rockies, Mount Mitchell. Nothing sounds more like summer than the sound of your voice echoing off from the states natural beauty. Mount Mitchell lies at an elevation of 6,684 feet, viewing picture perfect moments. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. families can hike through the trails from dawn to dusk. With over nine million guests each year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the top visited park for family and friends to pack a picnic and snap a photo you’ll never forget. www.visitnc.com/listings/view/45333
While you’re here, why not fly through the capital of adventure with a three-hour “glide and slide” experience with Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. With family fun in the outdoors, North Carolina’s mountains will be sure to mesmerize you with the beautiful scenery, and the exciting outdoor activities appropriate for all ages. www.visitnc.com/listings/view/59214
Drive: Only 10-12 hours from Toronto, Ontario
Fly: Direct daily flights into Charlotte & Raleigh via Air Canada
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