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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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    Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 328.3, where kids and families can enjoy apple picking, a butterfly garden, a bee hive and walking trails.

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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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    See, touch and listen to the roar of rare and vintage American motorcycles at this iconic Maggie Valley destination.
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    At the height of holiday shopping season, take in the music of 120-plus tubas at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro.
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    Take zip line tour through the trees on eight zip lines, 16 tree platforms, three sky bridges and three spiral staircases.
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    At this Yadkin Valley winery in East Bend, you can sample red and white wines and even take a three-hour llama trek that includes lunch and wine.
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    At Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, novice and expert hang gliders alike can enjoy a bird's eye view of the sun, sand and sea.

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