North Carolina Attractions

Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine Although most people think of California or the Alaskan Klondike when they hear the term "gold rush," the discovery of gold in the United States happened right in the North Carolina piedmont. The Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County is the site of the country's first documented gold find, back in 1799. Charlotte's financial structure began...

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Haunted House in NC

Haunted House in NC It's midnight. You are walking down a deserted, country road. Suddenly, around the bend and through long strands of Spanish moss, you see it ... the old Haunted House. A chill creeps over you, even your toes are a-tremble, yet you find youself compelled to continue onward. Such is your fate.  As you begin your dark adventure, take heed, lest you...

Asheboro

Asheboro Located in the center of the State of North Carolina. In this place of motorcycling enthusiasts come to admire the collection of Harley Davidson that houses a museum of the population. Asheboro is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. Population: 24,130 Pop. Change: 11% State: North Carolina Metro Area: Greensboro-High Point Metro Area...

Shotgun houses

Shotgun houses Shotgun houses were long, narrow one-story dwellings, with rooms lined up one behind the other inside. A porch and gable roof face the street. At one time, Charlotte had hundreds of Shotgun houses to shelter many of its residents. Until urban renewal got underway in the 1960s, rows of Shotgun houses lined Independence Boulevard as it wound its way through...

Christmas at Biltmore House

Christmas has been a lavish tradition at Biltmore House since it opened more than a century ago.  The 250-room Biltmore House is the centerpiece of the larger-than-life country retreat built by George Vanderbilt in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains in the town of Asheville. The opulent mansion opened to family and friends with joyful...

Exotic fish store

Exotic fish store If you were looking for a place to set up an exotic fish store, Kannapolis, NC might not be the first town that came to mind. But the Greendale Tropical Fish store has been selling Gouramis, Oscars, Cichilds there for over 70 years. This aquatic oasis sits on a little country road, removed from any other retail store by miles of farmland. Greendale opened...

Appalachian Cultural Museum

Appalachian Cultural Museum Characterizations of Appalachian culture often range from the derogatory to the overly romanticized. Dr. Chuck Watkins and the staff at the Appalachian Cultural Museum do their best to present the culture and traditions of the Southern Appalachians in a way that is authentic, entertaining and educational. Dr. Watkins, professor of history at Appalachian...

North Carolina Transportation Museum

North Carolina Transportation Museum This is a truly moving story: the story of the  North Carolina Transportation Museum. Located on the 57 acre site of Southern Railway's steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer, the museum is a tribute to the people and machines that moved North Carolina. Over 55 pieces of rolling stock (trains, cars, engines, etc.) are on display, including 19...

McGill Rose Garden

McGill Rose Garden The McGill Rose Garden was started in the early 1950's by Helen McGill when she and her husband, Henry, owned the Avant Fuel and Ice Company. Mrs. McGill saw the need for some beautification in such an industrial part of the city. Starting with two rose bushes from home, she began planting roses along the fences and railroad tracks, wherever she could...

Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns A Geological Kaleidoscope On Humpback Mountain near Linville Falls, 2,700 feet below the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitors can discover the real lowdown on the High Country at Linville Caverns. Carved from a river flowing through the mountain's limestone for more than one hundred thousand years, Linville Caverns offers visitors a geological kaleidoscope of...

Forest Trails / Horse Trails in North Carolina

Forest Trails WHERE YOU CAN RIDE When you're mounted on a horse, the journey through a national forest can offer better views from the saddle, the ability to go longer distances, and varieties of motion-walk, trot, lope, or gallop. The national forests offer variety of riding experiences for all levels of riders. Look for trails signed with the horse-use symbol. If the...

Apex

Apex Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, a satellite city of Raleigh. Located in southwestern Wake County, Apex combines a relaxing small-town atmosphere with convenience to big-city amenities. It was a small town once called "Log Pond" and later named Apex. The name "Apex" was adopted because the community was the highest point on...

Carolina Raptor Center

The Carolina Raptor Center, which got its unlikely start in the basement of the science building at UNCC, has come a long way. Since the arrival of the first injured owl in 1979, the non-profit organization has grown to one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the United States. Last year, more than 650 injured and orphaned birds of prey were...

Come Feed The Animals at Lazy 5 Ranch

Come Feed The Animals at Lazy 5 Ranch Now you too can go where the deer and the antelope play. And the water buffalo and the camels, and the elk, and the Watusi cows, and the rhino, and the giraffes…. The Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC is home to over 400 animals from around the world. The animals come right up to you, hoping for food, as you travel the three mile safari path in your...

North Carolina Outward Bound

North Carolina Outward Bound Driving the Parkway and stopping at the overlooks is one way to acquaint oneself with the mountains, but for those interested in forming a stronger bond Outward Bound could offer just the right program for you. North Carolina Outward Bound, like its companions around the country, presents an entirely different aspect to the outdoors experience, combining...