Uniquely positioned near the center of the North Carolina, Old North State residents can be one with Mother Nature in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains or surfing in the waves off NC coast…in as little as 3 hours.

If you’re the adventurous kind, make your way NW and explore the spectacular Piedmont Foothills for the many outdoor activities it has to offer. Whether your pleasure is hunting big game or your favorite fowl, fishing for large and small mouth bass, striper or perch in freshwater lakes, or a prized trout in one of hundreds of streams, this sportsmen’s playground is awaiting your arrival. Not exciting enough for you - strap on a helmet and hit the whitewater rapids, numerous zip lines, or rock climbing to get your adrenaline fix.

For those who like a more leisurely path, enjoy countless nature trails, hike the many landmarks, visit one of the many Seagrove Potteries, or picnic amongst one or more of the 25 wineries welcoming you to some of the best kept secrets this side of California.

Venture further West and make your way up the Blue Ridge Mountains where extraordinary views will take your breath away. Rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul in Boone, Blowing Rock, and Grandfather Mountain, or make it an overnight getaway in Asheville with visits to the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn.

As we turn our attention from the Mountains to the Coast, head East from Uwharrie Point and you will experience the NC Sandhill country full of down home Southern hospitality. A visit to Pinehurst takes you back in time and might just lure you into trying a mint julep or donning a pair of knickers as you walk the links. As you veer slightly Northeast you will find the State’s capital city, Raleigh, the research triangle, Raleigh-Durham International airport, and the heart of ACC country. This is the home to the UNC, NC State, and Duke Universities; so just brush up on your basketball I.Q. as it’s sure to come up in conversation with the locals. Take in an NHL hockey game with the Carolina Hurricanes or enjoy world-class museums and eateries catering to all palates.

Have you noticed a warming trend or a slightly salty tropical wind? Quite likely it is the famed NC beaches beckoning you. As you head further East, visits to our 8 military bases in Fort Bragg Army Post (Fayetteville), Pope Air Force Base  (Manchester), Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (Goldsboro), Camp LeJeune Marine Corp Base (Onslow), Cherry Point Marine Corp Base (Havelock), New River Marine Corp Base (Jacksonville),  Air Station and Strive Force Coast Guard Station (Elizabeth City), will make you proud to be an American. And then you arrive…the Atlantic ocean and all its splendor rolled out in front of you. From the Outer Banks′ seclusion, to historic New Bern and Morehead City to our southern-most city of Wilmington, deep blue waters invite.

Tired yet? No worries as your return home to Old North State will be short but your restoration and revitalization will have you planning your next venture out from Mountain to Coast before you know it.

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