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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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    The fall is a great time to visit Biltmore, where you can enjoy some of the best fall color in the Asheville area and a range of outdoor activities.

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    Watch as one of the country's most unique fall foliage experiences takes shape. The bear appears just 30 minutes a day for two weeks in late October.

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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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    If you're looking for adventure, head to Seven Devils, home to the largest tubing park in the East and a 20-cable, year-round zip line course.
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    Replacements, Ltd. in Greensboro is the world’s largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver, and collectibles, with more than 14 million pieces of inventory from more than 360,000 patterns.

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    Explore Richard Childress Racing team shops and get hands-on at the RCR Museum – home to more than 30 Dale Earnhardt cars – in Welcome.

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    Bald Head Island offers visitors a rich maritime world, from pristine beaches and sea turtles to Old Baldy Lighthouse.
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Fall Foliage Hikes

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