North Carolina Aquariums- Dedicated to promoting awareness and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments. 3 locations: Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. Admission is $6 for children ages 3-12, $7 for seniors, and $8 for adults.

North Carolina Aquariums- Dedicated to promoting awareness and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments. 3 locations: Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. Admission is $6 for children ages 3-12, $7 for seniors, and $8 for adults.

Charlotte NC boasts many corporate headquarters, including Bank of America,  Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, SPX and Nucor.  Lowe’s and Family Dollar are also headquartered locally.  Charlotte ranks ninth nationally in number of Fortune 500 headquartered companies.

Charlotte NC boasts many corporate headquarters, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, SPX and Nucor. Lowe’s and Family Dollar are also headquartered locally. Charlotte ranks ninth nationally in number of Fortune 500 headquartered companies.

Charlotte Easter Egg Hunts!!  I Wanna Easta Egg!! ... I Wanna Easta  Egg!!

Charlotte Easter Egg Hunts!! I Wanna Easta Egg!! ... I Wanna Easta Egg!!

Tanglewood Park festival of lights (Clemmons, NC--Just outside of Winston-Salem). Annual drive-through holiday light show. $10.00 per family car Monday through Thursday, $15.00 per car Friday through Sunday.

Tanglewood Park festival of lights (Clemmons, NC--Just outside of Winston-Salem). Annual drive-through holiday light show. $10.00 per family car Monday through Thursday, $15.00 per car Friday through Sunday.

It doesn't get much more Southern than butter pecan-flavored pound cake.  This is a recipe my Mamaw used to make all the time and now it is on Our State's website.  It uses a box mix so it is super-easy.  Hope you enjoy!

Butter Pecan Pound Cake

It doesn't get much more Southern than butter pecan-flavored pound cake. This is a recipe my Mamaw used to make all the time and now it is on Our State's website. It uses a box mix so it is super-easy. Hope you enjoy!

Carolina Brewing Company, in Holly Springs, NC

Carolina Brewing Company, in Holly Springs, NC

NC Museum of Natural Sciences - new Nature Research Center in Raleigh

NC Museum of Natural Sciences - new Nature Research Center in Raleigh

Tubing on the Dan River. Best way to spend a hot summer day, hands down.

Tubing on the Dan River. Best way to spend a hot summer day, hands down.

Top 3 Southeast Hikes - Backpacker Readers' Choice 2012

Top 3 Southeast Hikes - Backpacker Readers' Choice 2012

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