A visit to North Carolina is full of firsts. Watch the sun rise and set from the same spot on a barrier-island beach. Hear the sound of waterfalls echoing all around you. Sip moonshine distilled from a recipe five generations old.

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@dennyculbert

@samjonesbbq rib memories. The @samjones1980 cookbook drops May 7, preorder available now. #cookbook #jonesbbqgospel #northcarolina #wholehog #shooteatrepeat #foodphotographer #bbqribs #pork

@ada.bobada

Made it to the top! ⛰ #hikingdogs #hikingdogsofinstagram #terriermix #mutts #mutssofinstagram #visitnc #adoptdontshop

@jared_kay

What could be more pristine than rolling hills, beautiful countryside, and a carriage ride overlooking a French Chateau in the mountains Western North Carolina. . . . . #Biltmore #biltmoreestate #WNC #VisitNC #visitAsheville #BlueridgeMoments #blueridgeoutdoors #BlueRidgeMountains #ourstate #Carriageride

@erichaggart

There was a very nice palette along the Glen Falls Trail in Highlands yesterday before the rain finally made it’s way into the area. Of all of the unique features of the over all cascade of Glen Falls, this one is my favorite. . . 📍— Glen Falls | Highlands, NC . . #wncphotographer #wnc #sonyalpha #blueridgemountains #smokymountains #828isgreat #visitnc #sonya7iii

@netforceone

Happy National Dog Day! On a recent trip to Sunset Beach, I trekked to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. While I was taking pictures, I was able to recruit Jake, a 7-mos old lab, to pose for a picture (because the mailbox, bike, beach, and ocean weren’t enough). Jake did an outstanding job with his sit and stay, unlike his little buddy who you can see on the left side of the frame. #nationaldogday #kindredspiritmailbox #sunsetbeachnc #northcarolina #primebeachusa #discover_northcarolina #discover_carolinas #ncoutdoors #igdc #northcarolinabeaches #canonfanphoto #just_unitedstates #theamericancollective #nicholassparks #everybreath #ig_northamerica #ig_unitedstates ##yourshotphotographer #onlyinnorthcarolina #ncbrunswickislands #brunswickislands #visitnc #outaboutnc #grandstrandmag #tlpicks #uspixels

@pmacmiller

“You can break my heart, and crush my dreams, but you can never take my soul” ⛑ - - - - #onlyincb #naturalnorthcarolina #onlyinnorthcarolina #northcarolinaliving #northcarolinaoutdoors #northcarolinalife #northcarolinacoast #northcarolinabeaches #ncoutdoors #visitnc #discover_carolinas #ipulledoverforthis #clpicks

@boguewaves

Life is a gamble, better check the point spread 🎵☑️📘🌊🦈 #lilwayne #emeraldislenc #mycrystalcoast #sobx #shotondji #djispark #dronepilot #fromwhereidrone #instadrone #droneshot #dronephotography #outerbanks #visitnc #ncoutdoors

@firemedical

Kiteboarder at sunset in Avon, NC #kiteboarder #kitesurfing #kiteboarders #kiteboarding #kitesurfers #kitesurfingworld #outerbanks #obx #outerbanksnc #capehatteras #northcarolinaphotographer #northcarolinaphotography #avonnc #sunsetporn #obxphotography #nctravel #onlyinnorthcarolina #visitnc #sunset #sunsets #sunsetlover #obxphotographer #obxkiteboarding #ourstatemag

@gregmceachernphotography

Just needed a reminder that the sun still rises and sets, and that all days don't just go from gray to black.

@therestlesstraveler

You can’t help but feel a little magic in the air standing here on the 18th as the sun comes up. Look closely in the second pic for the Carolina moon directly above the cupola. Couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so figured share both 😁 . . . #pinehurst #pinehurstresort #sunrise #golfdestination #golfhistory #paynestewart #pinehurstno2 #bucketlist

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