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We know what you’re thinking: North Carolina’s all NASCAR all the time, unless it’s college basketball season or it’s time to plant/harvest tobacco crops. Not true. Well, not entirely true. Some Tar Heels love NASCAR and some of others are still tobacco farmers, but the state holds much more than bucolic farmland and high-octane racing. Beaches in the east, the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains in the west, cities in between, each region holding something exciting to see, taste or do. Hike in the most popular National Park, play a round at a legendary golf course, see where the Civil Rights Movement’s sit-in protests were born, have a pulled pork barbecue sandwich and watch a nest of sea turtle eggs hatch, spend entire days at the beach—you can do all this and plenty more in North Carolina. Pack your bags, plot your course and come on by prepared to be surprised at the variety of splendid things to do in North Carolina.
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