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From the beaches of the coastline, to historic towns like Edenton, to Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina offers a host of festivals and events to draw you to the Tar Heel State for a fall getaway.

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Yosemite National Park, established in 1864 during President Lincoln’s administration, welcomes around 5.2 million visitors each year, including rock climbers, hikers, anglers, campers, birdwatchers and photographers. Many travel from far-flung places to see what naturalist John Muir so aptl…

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The Town of New Market, Va., returns to the spotlight during the weekend of May 18-19 for the longest continual reenactment in the United States. Hundreds of living historians from around the country will bring the epic event to life on the very ground where the actual battle occurred on May…

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Federal law gives it the name John H. Kerr Lake after the North Carolina congressman who secured funding for the dam project that created it. But a 1952 Virginia law decrees its name to be Buggs Island Lake, reflecting the legislature’s anger about the name imposed in Washington.

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All trails converge on Elkin, N.C., this spring for the first-ever NC Trail Days Festival. The May 31-June 2 event highlights the area’s abundant natural resources with a fun series of events. It purposely coincides with National Trails Day, which is the first Saturday in June.

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According to the folks at the visitor’s bureau, Wilson is one of the most unique towns in North Carolina. So what’s to love? Here are just five, out of many, things that make Wilson a special place to visit:

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The secret attraction of North Carolina’s Outer Banks may well be that you can simply sit back and relax during your stay or engage in an amazingly wide variety of activities and adventures. Vacationers have a similar variety of accommodations to choose from, though separate vacation homes s…

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Off-limits since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, Cuba reopened its doors to Americans in 2015. Today more than 4.5 million international visitors travel to Cuba each year to see the island, experience the cuisine and the culture and meet the friendly islanders.

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If you like exploring the great outdoors and being active, Johnston County, N.C., has plenty to offer. Walk along the region’s greenways and hiking trails, get moving at one of the sports facilities, or work on your swing at one of many golf courses.Start your outdoor adventure on the 3-mile…

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Kerr Lake, often referred to as Buggs Island Lake, spans the North Carolina-Virginia border along Interstate 85. One of the largest lakes in the Southeast, its 50,000 acres of water and more than 800 miles of shoreline provide a great venue for all kinds of water sports, including fishing, s…

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The prices drop with the crowds when fall settles over North Carolina’s Outer Banks. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure, a piece of history, or just a relaxing walk on the beach, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the barrier islands…

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The Island of Bermuda is a volcanic archipelago that lies the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Accessible by air and water, the island is a world of its own.

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In the Mid-Atlantic, opportunities to explore the story of flight — and even try it — surround us. Choose the experience — or experiences — that elevate you and help your imagination take flight. From the dawn of powered flight to launches into outer space, our region has been one of the inc…

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Edenton, N.C., has been called “The South’s Prettiest Small Town,” and any visitor can recall the carefully restored homes of Revolutionary patriots, the town green, views of Albemarle Sound, and friendly Broad Street. 

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If you are traveling Interstate 95 to southern beaches along the East Coast, you might want to veer off the highway when you see signs to Smithfield and other towns in Johnston County, N.C. The county is inviting visitors to check out its beautiful rural landscape, shop for homegrown product…

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It’s easy to see why Edenton, North Carolina, has been dubbed one of the South’s prettiest towns. Its tree-lined streets, historic homes, walkable downtown, and location on Albemarle Sound invite visitors to enjoy its hospitality.

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Over the past couple of decades, the month of August changed for many Americans. Once the prime vacation month fueling the largest amount of gasoline consumption during the year, August now heralds the start of the school year in most areas. With the start of school comes the numerous sports…