02 Jul Best places to visit in North Carolina
- 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. A similar aquarium complex is located in Brisbane Australia called Underwater world on the Sunshine Coast. A few years ago we got a limo hire in Brisbane to travel to the Gold Coast to see the sights. it was a very enjoyable time and I recommend it to anyone visiting Australia.