Why You Should Visit North Carolina, USA (SP)

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Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina

Last year we travelled to the US, and we went a few places nearly everyone goes (San Francisco and New York city to name a couple) as well as a couple of out-of-the-way or not-quite-so-travelled places. One of these places was North Carolina.

Upon telling people we were planning our trip to the US and would be gone for a month, many asked where we were going and wanted details of where in the US, and for how long. The place that gave most people pause on our list was North Carolina. Slightly left of centre and very out of the way of everywhere else (mind you, out of the way for USA is still pretty damn close in Australia terms, especially when you consider we have cattle stations larger than Texas), I’ll admit even I didn’t want to go there to begin with.

The fact was, we went to North Carolina for one very good reason: Because that is where Morfar lived.

Morfar

Morfar

Morfar, for those who don’t know, is the Danish word for grandfather, literally translating to “Mother’s Father” and Morfar, at 97 years old, was a cheeky, feisty bugger who refused to leave his independent house and, right before we visited, was moved into a retirement village, only to die less than a month later (5 days after our visit).

The thing was, once I arrived in North Carolina, the charm of the place got to me and I wondered why more people didn’t consider it a must see. The incredible Autumn colours (which American people come from miles around to drive through the mountains at look at), rocking chairs in the airport, massive meals at restaurants for less than $50 for 6 adults. Amazing!

Don't tell me fairies don't live here.

Don’t tell me fairies don’t live here.

I was convinced in some of the places we looked at that fairies simply must live there and if only I stood still for long enough in the leaves, I would get the chance to see one.

Add to that the squirrels bouncing around the back garden, the birdsong as you woke up in the morning, and the fact that there was a very good chance you would be mauled by a bear while putting out your garbage, I consider North Carolina to be one of the most interesting and beautiful places I’ve been. And I’ve been to the Solomon Islands!

North Carolina is somewhere I strongly recommend you go, even if you don’t have a grandfather to visit. It may be out of the way, and may not have the appeal of New York or Vegas for novelty value, but it’s incredibly beautiful and you won’t regret it.

Have you ever travelled somewhere you really didn’t want to go but it ended up being amazing? 

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  • Gary

    I’ll put NC on my must visit list. I have visited Washington DC a few times and they do capital city buildings, monuments and museums very well. One of my favourite places.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I haven’t been to DC but really want to go!

  • Gary

    As much as I like Canberra as our ‘country’ capital with eastern grey kangaroos in streets, DC really makes you feel like you’re in a capital city. The Smithsonian museums are also amazing. The natural history museum there and in London must be the best two in the world. The aeronautical one in DC is also fantastic.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Really? You liked the natural history museum there better than the one in NYC? I must go!! I LOVED the natural history museum in NYC, I adore dinosaurs. I’m yet to go to Europe at all but when I do you can bet I’ll be going to the one in London.

      • Gary

        London is a must do. So much to see. So much history.

        • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

          Even being in the US it was really mind blowing to see things that have been around longer than our country has. I can’t wait to see Europe.

          • Gary

            Seeing and touching something that was built >500 years ago is amazing.

          • Gary

            It makes you realise how young our modern Australian culture is (not neglecting the ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture).

  • Monique Fischle

    I have always wanted to go to North Carolina. Why? Because two of my favourite television shows were filmed in Wilmington (Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill) and every single Nicholas Sparks book is also set there (he is one of my go-to authors for a nice light read). It looks like such a beautiful place and I have always wanted to go. I’m actually quite jealous you have been.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I didn’t know Dawson’s Creek was filmed there! How cool! It is a truly beautiful place, you should definitely go. And go in Autumn so you can see the incredible leaves.

      • Monique Fischle

        Ah how I love autumn leaves!

    • Melissa Savage

      That was going to be my answer too…

      • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

        I wish you guys had told me all this BEFORE I went there! I might have been more excited!

        • Monique Fischle

          If I had known you were going there, I would have!