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46379 Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, NC 27920, USA
At 208 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in America. The beacon from the light can be seen some 20 miles out to sea and since 1870 has warned ships and sailors of the notorious Diamond Shoals, a 14-mile series of shallow...
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Umstead, Raleigh, NC, USA
I have yet to spend a night in one of the rooms in this five star hotel, nor have I had the luxury of a spa treatment, but as much as I dine in the restaurant there should be a plaque made in my honor. That is how much I love the Umstead in Cary,...
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1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
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Line up--with cash--and get your box of chicken, perfectly fried to a crisp. It comes with flattened tater tots, slaw, delicious hush puppies, and a roll of bread. There's no place to eat inside at Price's, but head back to your car, grab a seat...
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333 A East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Charlotte B-cycle is an excellent way to see the sights of the city. Simply rent a bicycle at a B-station in town and go. Charlotte is full of beautiful and historic neighborhoods—you need to take your time while pedaling through to enjoy them....
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210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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Situated just one block from the center of the city, EPICENTRE has a lot to offer anyone, anytime. Best experienced in the evening, it's a great place to unwind with a drink and live music on the roof (seasonal) with a great view of the Charlotte...
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915 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206, USA
Great 1940s era diner serving great food
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3042 Frank Pkwy, Roaring Gap, NC 28668, USA
Rising out of dense forest in North Carolina are massive granite outcroppings: stone mountains. Solid, dramatic, and rounded, you can walk down the curve until it's so steep you will fall off if you're not careful, like walking around on a giant...
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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The North Carolina Arboretum is located in Asheville, NC and offers some scenic strolls through gardens and wooded trails. The bonsai exhibit garden takes an unexpected twist on the traditional Japanese art form by interpreting it with a Southern...
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101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
The Jefferson Hotel has been the gold standard for discerning visitors to Richmond (including 13 U.S. presidents) since 1895. Not content to rest on their laurels, the hotel completed a renovation in 2016, restoring its landmarked public areas and...
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Charlottesville, VA, VA, USA
Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, Virginia.
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Old Rag Mountain, Robertson, VA 22743, USA
We leave D.C. early in hopes of beating the crowds of hikers who swarm the trail by mid morning. Old Rag may be the most popular hiking destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but for good reason. The challenging Ridge Trail starts with grueling...
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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, USA
Just a few short miles off of the Capital Beltway, nestled along a winding wooded road, Great Falls National Park is a nearby haven for nature-seeking Washingtonians. Here, the Potomac River floods into the Mather Gorge, creating breathtaking...
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1905 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
Located in the historic Ghent section of nearby Norfolk, Local Heroes carries a wide variety of classic comic books, graphic novels, and memorabilia. The shop will draw in anyone who likes to read—regardless of how you feel about comics. Hanging...
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Maymont is a must-see in Richmond. A wonderful park with different segments- a historic mansion (available to tour), European gardens, walking paths, animals to see, and my favorite, the serene Japanese gardens.
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101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA
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Stalactites, found in limestone caves, grow one inch every 120 years. So it's safe to say that these beauties in the area of the caverns known as Dream Lake have been around a very long time. Looks deep doesn't it? The deepest part is only a...
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2202 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, VA 23223, USA
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BBQ is a part of Southern culture, and every state has a specific way of doing it. Different meats and styles of sauces are worshiped in different locations. Richmond has plenty of really incredible BBQ joints that do Virginia-style BBQ right, but...
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3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504, USA
A great family activity in Norfolk is the Virginia Zoo. In addition to lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), the zoo has a large exhibit featuring animals from Asia. The red pandas will scamper and frolic in the trees above you—they always bring a...
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30 Dickmann St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
When my alarm went off at 3:30 in the morning, I considered "calling in sick." At that moment, I thought nothing in the world could be worth the loss of almost an entire night's sleep. Instead, I dialed a number and found out weather conditions...
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8405-F Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309, USA
An exceptional experience awaits you beyond the doors of this magnificent Colonial, located on a hill on the banks of the Potomac River. Situated on 8,000 beautifully landscaped acres, the home exudes the style and opulence worthy of a true...
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7300 Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs, FL 32643, USA
Every year for Mother's Day, my family and a huge group of friends descend on Ginnie Springs in N. Central Florida for a weekend of camping, tubing and BBQing. Ginnie Springs is one of Florida's best kept secrets, a privately owned park...
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Crystal River, FL, USA
We went swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida last winter and it was awesome! The water was a bit chilly, but seeing the manatees underwater in clear blue springs was incredible. You can rent a small boat and snorkeling gear from...