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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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    Try the pork chop sandwich at this Main Street attraction in Mount Airy, the real-life Mayberry made famous on The Andy Griffith Show.
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    The Moravian Gardens at Old Salem, Reynolda Gardens and the Botanical Garden in Kernersville capture the history of the Winston-Salem region.

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    There's plenty of good seafood to go around during this annual October festival celebrating local fishermen, seafood recipes and cooking tips.
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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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    In the center of the state, you'll find award-winning spas and dining, a range of sports and cultural attractions, theme parks, historic sites and outdoor fun.

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Winter Craft Beer

Winter Craft Beer

Craft brewers across North Carolina create recipes with intriguing ingredients to offer an incredible variety of winter beers.

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Fall Foliage Hikes

Fall Foliage Hikes

Chase autumn colors from the mountains through cities to the coast on hikes that take advantage of distinct landscapes.

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Local Holiday Gift Ideas

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High Country Getaway

High Country Getaway

You'll feel reinvigorated after a few days enjoying the quaint shops and cafés, charming inns and peaceful hikes of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk.

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