Tourists visiting America like to go to the well-known hotspots of New York, Hollywood, and Miami Beach. And rightly so: these are some of the most exciting destinations in the world. But if you want to experience what it’s really like to live a day in the life of the average American, you have to travel a little further afield than these international destinations and venture further into the country.
America is often thought of as a highly urbanized and industrial society. But what many people are shocked to discover is that the US is predominantly rural. There’s just so much space on the mainland United States that virtually every state outside of New England has genuine wilderness.
North Carolina is one such state. It sits just a few hundred miles south of the crowded east coast, but it’s a wild land of adventure with plenty of places to explore. Nearly the size of Italy, a lot is going on here which isn’t immediately apparent. It’s the closest you’re likely to get to America unplugged: what the country is like when nobody is looking.
Explore The Outer Banks
Outer Banks vacation rentals are extremely popular among the local population. People love traveling to the barrier islands for their exceptional views over the Atlantic, the surf, and the tropical island feel. North Carolina has its own Canary Islands, right on its back doorstep, with sun-drenched beaches and beachside bars for refreshments.
The geology of the barrier islands is perhaps their most exciting feature. The island chain goes on for mile after mile, as sandy dunes extend from the mainland. Between the islands and North Carolina is a kind of natural harbor, protected from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean currents.
Relax At Lake Lure
Lake Lure certainly lives up to its name, attracting both locals and tourists for miles around. The lake is well served by roads, meaning that it’s easy to get to, either on a coach trip or in your car. There’s plenty of parking nearby, providing you with the perfect spot to go out for a stroll.
The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is one of the most elegant homes in all of North Carolina, and perhaps the US. Just a few hours drive from Raleigh; the estate is a kind of magical wonderland nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s an enormous place built for the entertainment of the Vanderbilts back at the turn of the twentieth century and has practically every feature you could imagine. Today you can visit the house, walk around the grounds, and enjoy the opulent surroundings and stunning architecture.
Watch The Durham Bulls
The Durham Bulls are famous all over Carolina, representing the state in the game of baseball at the national level. You can watch them practice in Asheville and, if you’re lucky, see them in a competitive match, so long as you’re in town at the right time. Going to an all-American baseball game is a great way to experience American culture at its most authentic.