By Olivia Cohen
From the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the shores of the Outer Banks, North Carolina is filled with a vast number of ways to celebrate the arrival of fall. While there are events and attractions all over the state, these four beloved cities are sure to give visitors a variety of activities to enjoy.
Only a 10 minute drive from Chapel Hill, Carrboro is a charming escape from the crowded college town. Hearty meals at Elmo’s Diner and steaming coffee at Open Eye Cafe are a crowd favorite, usually with lines out the door. On Weaver Street, people can admire the changing of the leaves paired with an afternoon of people watching. On Nov. 11, go to Carr Mill Mall and find apple cider and live music under the luminaries from 6-9 p.m. A trip to Carrboro is affordable, and leaves people with a new and refreshing experience every time they visit.
Home of Appalachian State University, Boone is a college town with a life of its own. Most commonly associated with Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain, these destinations are a must-see for tourists that love to hike. Gem hunting is a beloved activity and there are many specified areas where people can test their luck. On Dec. 3, visitors can witness the town’s traditional Christmas parade from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Boone is a charismatic town which is definitely worth checking out this fall season.
In order to receive a traditional fall experience in N.C., visiting Asheville is a necessity. Crowned by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque city is jam packed with fall themed activities. Anyone who loves thrills can soar with Navitat Canopy Adventures, while those that prefer staying on the ground can check out the Biltmore Estate. Stop by UNC-Asheville for a quick tour, and then head downtown for intriguing restaurants and shops. From Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, the Winter Lights show at the NC Arboretum is a must see. For a full immersion into the fall season, Asheville is a great place to stop by for a few days.
For those who prefer their toes in the sand, Kitty Hawk is the ideal beach destination. Brisk breezes and radiant sunsets are perfect for a memorable weekend. The Wright Brothers Memorial is often a highlight for visitors in this tourist-based town. On Nov. 26, people can experience the magic of “Kites with Lights,” a festival under the stars at Jockey’s Ridge. With so much to do, Kitty Hawk leaves visitors with a wide variety of activities to put on their bucket list.
Although this list only names four cities, North Carolina is filled with incredibly beautiful destinations worth visiting. Enjoy the season while it lasts and explore the state we are lucky to call our home.
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