5 Must-Do Activities in North Carolina

| 6/12/2013 9:05:38 AM

I just recently returned from a long weekend in North Carolina to visit some family and friends. Whether you're just visiting or you live in the magnificent Tar Heel State, North Carolina offers no shortage of things to do. The warm weather, marvelous scenery, and rich history come together to give endless entertainment. Here are the top five things to do in North Carolina.

Take a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Image via Flickr by David Joyce 

This scenic drive is more than just an opportunity to cruise. Along the way, your eyes will feast on rich plant life and panoramic views. Along the way, stop at lovely little towns, get acquainted with Appalachian culture, or experience the thrill of zip lining near milepost 291. 

Depending on how long you want your road trip to last, you can even stop and spend a day at Grandfather Mountain, where you can go for a hike and soak in the majesty of a nature preserve. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway you can explore Little Switzerland, and those who feel adventurous can climb Chimney Rock to experience a stunning view of the mountains. 

Visit Salisbury-Rowan County

According to visitsalisburync.com, "Each community in Rowan County has its own story to tell and is unique in its own heritage and history." In addition to the history, pay tribute to some extraordinary creatures when you visit the Eagle's Nest Nature Preserve. 

Check out some of the art galleries, visit one of the area's many annual festivals, and enjoy a unique shopping experience as you browse through amazing antique stores. I returned home with an antique lamp and a few model cars, things that I could never find in stores at home. Take time and browse through these shops, you never know what you may find behind each door.