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Type?What is on the bucket list?ActivitiesWhere?CostNC Location
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AttractionVisit the NC ZooAsheboroAsheboro
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AdventureCraggy Gardens. ...Blue Ridge Parkway/AshevilleAsheville
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AttractionStay at the OmniAshevilleAsheville
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AttractionVisit the Biltmore Estate (Take the behind-the-scenes tour as suggested by eatwilmington)AshevilleAsheville
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AttractionMine adventureTucked away in the Blue Ridge in Little Switzerland, Emerald Village is a slice of the past you can still experience today. Here you can mine for gems, pan for gold, or take home treasures with staff to help you identify your discoveries and also professionals that can assist in cutting and polishing your finds to make them into jewelry. This place is a true ‘hidden gem.’AshevilleAsheville
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AttractionHendersonville, Black Rock, Chimney Rock Park area, Grandfather Mountain, Highland GamesAshevilleAsheville
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AttractionLake LureDirty Dancing SetChimney RockAsheville
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EventBelle Chere festivalAshevilleAsheville
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HikeHiking Mt. PisgahAshevilleAsheville
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HikeBlue Ridge Parkway through NC. Visit Mt. Mitchell.AshevilleAsheville
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HikeClimb to the top of Chimney Rock.While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.Chimney Rock$7-$15Asheville
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HikeBlack Balsam Knob. (1 to 10 miles, moderate) For sweeping 360-degree views, hike across these bald mountaintops. ...AshevilleAsheville
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HikeRough Ridge. ...AshevilleAsheville
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HikeMax Patch on Appalachian Trail.AshevilleAsheville
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JourneyChestoa Overlook on the Blue Ridge ParkwayLinvilleAsheville
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RestuarantsTrail Head BreweryBlack MountainAsheville
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AdventureCross the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.Crossing a 228-foot suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Name for its elevation, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. Originally built in 1952, the bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using galvanized steel for the cables, rails and floor boards. While there, visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, 11 hiking trails and seven wildlife habitats to see deer, bald eagles, bears and more.Grandfather Mountain$9-$20Asheville/Winston-Salem
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AttractionMast Farm InnBooneBoone
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AttractionRide a vintage steam locomotive at Tweetsie Railroad.Be sure to check Tweetsie’s events schedule for special appearances, such as Thomas the Tank Engine.Blowing Rock$30-$45Boone
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AttractionLand of OzThe first weekend in October during the Autumn at Oz festival, visitors can explore the Land of Oz, which used to be a thriving theme park that opened in 1970 and closed in 1980. See Dorothy’s farm home, experience the tornado, arrive at Oz and see the beloved cast of characters.Beech Mountain$35; free for children 2 and youngerBoone
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HikeRoan Mountain Appalachian Trail. ...BooneBoone
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HikeHawksbill Mountain. ...BooneBoone
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HikeHawksbill Mountain TrailNewbillBoone
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HikeStone MountainThe 4.7 mile loop climbs to the summit of Stone Mountain, passes a stunning waterfall and leads to the historic Hutchinson Homestead that was built in 1855. Though the trail can get a bit steep and difficult, the scenery is worth the effort.Roaring GapBoone/Winston-Salem
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AttractionCarowindsCharlotteCharlotte
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Attraction/HikeReed Gold Rush Mine & HikeWhen you think of a gold rush, California immediately comes to mind, but you might be surprised to learn that the first gold rush in the U.S. occurred right here in North Carolina. Our state also led in gold production until 1848. Reed Gold Mine is now a historic site open for tours.North Carolina was the home of America’s very first gold rush and you can still find evidence of it today on the Reed Gold Mine nature trail. The whole trail is an easy hike, if you even want to call it a hike — it’s not even half a mile long — but it’s family-friendly and a great way to get outside while exploring the historic site.Midland & LocustFree, $3 for panningCharlotte
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EventNorth Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCharlotteCharlotte
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EventExperience NASCAR at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayCharlotteCharlotte
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ParkRelax in Freedom ParkCharlotteCharlotte
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ParkGo to the U.S. National Whitewater CenterCharlotteCharlotte
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Carolina Raptor CenterCharlotteCharlotte
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Downtown DavidsonCharlotteCharlotte
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AttractionMingus MillCherokeeCherokee
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AttractionTrain AdventureBryson CityCherokee
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HikeMingus Creek TrailExplore part of the Smokies on the Mingus Creek Trail, where you’ll pass tranquil streams and plenty of vibrant wildflowers on your way to the historic and Mingus Grist Mill that was built in 1866. The two-story mill is still in operation today and the trail is 5.8 miles round trip.CherokeeCherokee
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ActivityCamp on the beachNags HeadCoast
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Activity7 Lighthouses: Bodie Island, Cape Hateras, Cape Lookout, Currituck Beach, Oak Island, Ocracoke, Old BaldyCoast
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Adventurehang-gliding off of Jockey’s RidgeNags Headcoast
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AdventureFerries: Hatteras/Okracoke is a blast, and a short ride, but the longer mainland/Hatteras ferry (a 2-hour wonder)coast
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AttractionScuba dive a sunken German WWII sub off Manteo/Nags HeadNags Headcoast
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AttractionSee the USS North Carolina in WilmingtonWilmingtoncoast
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AttractionKitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers first flewWalk the path of the famous Wright Brothers first flight patterns at the Wright Brothers Walkway, a 2.7 mile loop that leads to the stone memorial dedicated to the famous brothers. The trail is paved and suited for everyone.Kitty Hawkcoast
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AttractionSee the wild horses along North Carolina's coast.Corolla, Shackleford Banks, Beaufort, OcracokeCoast
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HikeClimbable lighthouses: climbable: Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Oak Island and Old Baldy.$4-$8Coast
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HikeBasin Trail (Fort Fisher, aka Hermit Trail)The easy 2.2 mile round trip Basin Trail gives visitors both history and scenic views as it cascades through beautiful and tranquil marshland and past a WWII bunker.Kure BeachCoast
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JourneyCrystal Coast section of North Carolinahome to turquoise surf and white sand and home to over 100 wild horses.Coast
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HikeOld Field Bluff Trail (aka, Johnson Mill Nature Preserve)On the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve there’s a three mile trail where you’ll find what’s left of two historic grist mills and the remnants of a homestead from the 1700s.Chapel HillDurham
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HikeGold Mine LoopTo even get to the Gold Mine Loop hikers must first walk through the abandoned tunnel that’s part of the famous road to nowhere — a road that was set to replace the original road in the area after it was flooded out, but construction on the new road was halted and never started up again. Once on the trail, hikers will pass by what’s left of the town that once occupied the landBryson CityDurham
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AttractionAir Borne Special Operations MuseumFayettevilleFayetteville
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ParkWilson ParkFort BraggFayetteville
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ParkWoodland ParkFort BraggFayetteville
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RestuarantsNoble MeatsSpring LakeFayetteville
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RestuarantsBrooklyn PizzeriaSpring LakeFayetteville
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RestuarantsArmy City SteakSpring LakeFayetteville
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RestuarantsSaucy WingsSpring LakeFayetteville
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Cypress Point Loop Trail (Rockefeller House)Spring LakeFayetteville
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Colonial Arthur "Bull" Simon StatueFort BraggFayetteville
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JFK Memorial ChapelFort BraggFayetteville
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Monroe's Crossroad Battle SiteFayettevilleFayetteville
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Special Ops Memorial PlazaFort BraggFayetteville
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Sicily Drop ZoneVassFayetteville
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JFK Hall of HeroesFort BraggFayetteville
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Smith Lake Rec AreaFayettevilleFayetteville
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Main Post Parade Field MonumentsFort BraggFayetteville
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AttractionAdmire the blue ghost firefliesDuPont State Rec ForestFreeFlat Rock
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HikeGuildford Courthouse National Military ParkHike the site of a Revolutionary War battle at Guildford Courthouse National Military Park. The easy 1.7 mile loop is great for hiking or running and is dotted with historical markers and monuments throughout. There’s even a visitor’s center to find out more info on the battle.GreensboroGreensboro
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ParkFrankies Fun ParkGreenvilleGreenville
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HikeBoone's Cave HikeWithin Boone's Cave State Park there are several trails to choose from that bypass a large cave that is said to have housed Daniel Boone and his family before he made his way west. Each of the park’s hikes vary in length and difficulty. Once hikers reach the cave, they can walk inside to check it out for themselves.LexingtonLexington
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HikeHanging Rock State ParkPilot MtnPilot Mtn
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AttractionStay at The Fearrington House Country InnPittsboroPittsboro
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AttractionAttend NC State FairRaleighRaleigh
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AttractionSee a bald eagle at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.Jordan Lake State ParkRaleigh
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AttractionFood Truck RodeoGiddy-up for another round of Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos (5/7 and 6/11)! A half-mile of food trucks (lobster rolls, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and way more) invade downtown Raleigh.RalieghRaleigh
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EventGo to the Dinner TheatreRaleighRaleigh
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ParkFred Fletcher ParkRaleighRaleigh
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ParkPullen ParkRaleighRaleigh
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ParkN Carey ParkRaleighRaleigh
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NC Exec MansionRaleighRaleigh
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NC Museum of ArtRaleighRaleigh
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JC Raulston AroretumRaleighRaleigh
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Flea MarketRaleighRaleigh
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Yates MillRaleighRaleigh
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Lake JohnsonRaleighRaleigh
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Lake CrabtreeRaleighRaleigh
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Hemlock Bluffs National PresCaryRaleigh
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AdventureRainbow Falls and Turtleback FallsGorges State ParkRosman
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AttractionStay at Old Edwards Inn and SpaHighlandsRosman
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HikeLooking Glass Rock. ...Rosman/BrevardRosman/Brevard
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HikeDevil's Courthouse. ...Rosman/BrevardRosman/Brevard
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JourneyCashiers and Highlands waterfallsRosmanRosman/Brevard
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AttractionTake a plunge down Sliding Rock.BrevardRosman/Flat Rock
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AttractionVisit the Lazy 5 RanchSalisbury/StatesvilleSalisbury/Statesville
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HikeCampbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop TrailCampbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lillington, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.Hwy 421 between Sanford and Lillington, NCSanford
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HikeSan-Lee Park TrailSan-Lee Park Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sanford, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.SanfordSanford
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Sandhills Farmers MktPinehurstSouthern Pines
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ParkCarvers Creek State ParkSpring LakeSpring Lake
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ParkMendoza ParkSpring LakeSpring Lake
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AttractionFestival of LightsTanglewoodWinston-Salem
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EventAttend a performance at the Durham Performing Arts CenterDurham