Backroads of North Carolina. Your Guide to Great Day Trips & by Kevin Adams

By Kevin Adams

North Carolina is a traveler's dream, from the nice Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks' ancient lighthouses, wild horses, and fascinating fishing villages; from battlegrounds of the innovative and Civil Wars to the "heart of motorsports;" from rolling wine kingdom and golfing classes to stately plantations and rustic settlements. even if you go back and forth North Carolina for its historical treasures or traditional attractiveness, this convenient advisor may help you discover the previous North State's so much staggering websites and mystery treasures. The e-book charts weekend adventures and day journeys alongside again roads and scenic routes, into the states many mist-shrouded mountains--the Black, the Blue Ridge, and the good Smokies--and right down to its ever-changing seashores. Sumptuously illustrated, with maps and all demeanour of fascinating element, Backroads of North Carolina is a page-by-page excitement, in addition to a passport to the extra off-beat delights of the Tar Heel nation.

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Scientific explanations abound, but none have been proven. Among the unlikely theories are automobile or train headlights (the phenomenon was seen before trains existed in the area and also seen right after the 1916 flood that grounded all motorized transportation), methane gas (no source for it), bioluminescence (that type of light is too faint), and refraction from distant electric lights (electric lights were not in existence in the area when the lights were first seen). Among the not-yet-disproved theories are ball lightning, magnetic plasma, and charges resulting from seismic activity.

The entire region is scenic, attracting hordes of tourists year-round. Skiing is extremely popular here in the winter. The cool climate and aesthetic amenities of western North Carolina have drawn people forever, but in recent years the influx has reached horrific proportions. Golf resorts and mountainside subdivisions are popping up like dandelions, negatively altering the very qualities that attracted them here. No one, except a real-estate agent, thinks a mountainside covered in vacation homes is an appealing sight.

Follow it a mile and turn left onto Watauga River Road. S. 321. ” The statement does have merit. When the late Hugh Morton inherited the mountain in 1952, he immediately began working to attract tourists. He expanded and extended the road and built the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Later expansions included an animal habitat, a modern auditorium facility, and a museum with an impressive collection of artifacts representing North Carolina and Appalachia. The collection of North Carolina minerals is among the finest in existence.

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