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Carolina Barbecue 'A Culture of Its Own'

Along with noting the difference between Eastern and Lexington style, USA Today says "barbecue in the Carolinas is as varied as the geography," which packs "several distinct styles and specialties into a relatively small region."

North Carolina Hotels Earn Readers' Choice Nods

Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands ranked No. 45 on Condé Nast Traveler's list of 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock ranked No. 7 among the Top 12 Destination Resort Spas in the World.

Beaufort tops 'America's Favorite Towns'

Travel + Leisure readers ranked the Crystal Coast town of Beaufort No. 1 in its category for "its quaint, tree-lined downtown and colorful history – populated with plenty of fishermen and even a fair share of pirates."

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    Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of a plane at Paraclete XP SkyVenture in Raeford. The indoor skydiving facility boasts the largest vertical wind tunnel of its kind in the world…

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    Set in Manteo on the Outer Banks, America's oldest outdoor drama has told the story of the lost colonists of Roanoke Island since 1937.
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    In addition to stunning scenery, the Brevard area boasts world-class mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, fly fishing, rock climbing and more.

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    From Sparta to Boone, you can hear local musicians play the mountain music that has echoed through Western North Carolina for hundreds of years.

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    The Smokies are named for the serene, naturally occurring blue haze that hovers over them. Brought to you by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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    From peach picking on the coast, to cutting Christmas trees in the mountains, to sipping wine at a vineyard, the state is full of farm fresh fun.

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