Blue Ridge Parkway- Designed by Stanley Abbott, Blue Ridge Parkway is nicknamed as “America’s favorite Drive”. The drive has incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the landscape around the mountains. This endless scenery is popular among motorcyclists and bicyclists.
The Biltmore Estate- This is a 8000 acre compound with the largest private home in the US in the center- The Vanderbilt Mansion. The mansion has 250 rooms and has an impressive collections of artworks, antiques, vintage clothing and accessories and architecture. The gardens in the state are huge and of different variations such as the Italian garden and the Rose Garden. The estate also includes the first managed forest in the country, a deer park and walking trails throughout the forest.
Morehead Planetarium and Science center- Located in the University of North Carolina, opened in 1949 and more than seven million people visited the center, The center airs more than 15 planetarium shows on a repetitive schedule and the permanent exhibits explore a wide variety of topics. It is said that more than 60 astronauts learned about celestial navigation in this center and these include a large group of astronauts who walked the moon.
Linville Gorge and Falls- This is one of the deepest and most scenic gorges in Eastern US. The gorge is located in the Pisgah National Forest and the Falls is where the Linville River enters to drop 90 feet and 12 miles within the steep rock walls. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers 4 overlooks to these falls, after a 1.6 mile hike.
Battleship North Carolina-The USS North Carolina was one of the first 10 battleships to join the American fleet during World War 2. The vessel has nine 16-inch, 45 caliber guns in three turrets, and twenty 5-inch 38-caliber guns in ten twin mounts. The ship was called the greatest sea weapon in the world.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences- This is a museum which is dedicated to the Natural history of North Carolina. The museum has two buildings- Nature Research Center and the Nature Exploration Center. Both these buildings are filled with exhibits, information and interactive learning opportunities and presentations. This is also home to the skeleton of Acrocanthosaurus, which is the only genuine skeleton of the species in the world.
North Carolina Aquarium- This aquarium includes four coastal locations- Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher and Jennette’s Pier. The Roanoke island features the largest collection of sharks in the state of North Carolina. However, Jennette’s Pier is not an actual aquarium, but offers views of marine animals like humpback whales. Fort Fisher shows us freshwater streams and swamps.
USA is one of the largest countries in the world. Precisely, it is the third largest, after Russia and Canada and is about 3.8 million square miles in size. The country’s population is diverse, as it has immigrants from all around the world, some as refugees, some looking for work and some as people whose ancestors have settled in the country. The climate in the country is diverse too. It might be really hot in one state and snowing in a different state.
The Americans measure things on a different scale. They use Fahrenheit to measure the temperature, weigh things in pounds, measure distance in miles, measure liquid in pints and gallons.
Politics is a sensitive topic amongst the citizens of America, especially since the Civil War. The country has a range of people who are leftist, centrist and rightist. Talking about politics these days has become very fragile and any discussion usually ends up in yelling, cursing and buzz phrases.
Each state has he liberty to make its own laws. Hence, laws are different around America. Basic things like speed limits, legal drinking age, street signs differ from one state to another. When visit, look up the state laws or ask a local about the area.
Be fluent in English- One finds it very hardly to survive in America if he/she does not know how to speak English. You need English to make things happen or get something in this country as there are very few Americans who are bilingual or speak another language. Basic things like hailing a cab, ordering in a restaurant or asking for directions should be learned at the least for a peaceful stay.
Tip always. When you go out in a limo ride, or go for a meal, do not forget to tip the cab driver or the waiter. Tips are not included in the bill and hence the people who are at service to you expect you to leave them a little tip. It is considered highly rude by the employees if the customer does not leave a tip behind.
Explore nature- America is more than the high-rise buildings and the concrete jungles. It is a country filled with beautiful scenic nature views, forests, water falls, gorge, beaches, and another ton of natural beauty. Explore the National Parks in the country and do not forget to pay a visit to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone for the best marvels of nature.
8.Security at the airport is a big deal as there is a major concern about terrorism in the country. The airport security conduct a thorough screening upon the arrival of foreigners and some are even taken for a second round of screening. Do not panic in situations like these.