The Carolina Panthers and Duke Basketball are just a small part of the reason people want to visit North Carolina. The Outer Banks with the wild ponies and barrier islands are another draw. The Appalachian Mountains offer skiing and hiking. The Blue Ridge Parkway is filled with black bears, horse trails and historic homes. Do you need more reasons to come and visit the Tarheel State? Well, we have plenty of things to entice people to spend their vacations (or a lifetime) here.
Charter bus adventures are a wonderful way to experience the state capital, Raleigh, and the rest of the triad area including Chapel Hill and Durham. In this triangle there are two of the best college basketball teams in the country, the Duke Blue Devils and the UNC Tarheels. These rivals are constantly winning titles in the ACC and the national championships.
If basketball doesn't hold your interest, then how about NASCAR racing? The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte. Come and see the exhibits from past and current racing stars like Dale Earnhardt and Kyle Petty. Charlotte is also home to the Carolina Panthers Stadium. This football team is young, popular and a fan favorite in the Carolinas.
The mountains of North Carolina have their own fans. The Blue Ridge Mountains, The Great Smoky Mountains and the Appalachians all run through the state. Your bus can take you to Cherokee where you can see the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Stop at Harrah's Cherokee Casino and try your hand with Lady Luck. You can tour through the Indian Village with museums, exhibits, and gift shops. Stop by the gorgeous wide creek that runs through the middle of the village. Take pictures or have a picnic. Visit Blowing Rock and hear the legend of the Indian princess and her true love. Stop and have a luxurious massage at the spa at Chetola Resort.
In autumn, visitors throng to the mountains to see the foliage as it changes from green to brilliant yellow, burgundy, and fiery orange. The mixed colors spread across the rolling mountains with the hazy blue in the background. It is truly breathtaking.
Stop in Asheville and visit the Biltmore House while you are in the mountains. Here is where time stands still and visitors are amazed. Wealth and status combined with the patience of George Vanderbilt to create this 250-room private residence that took six years to complete. The lush landscape, famous gardens and lavish home was finished in 1895. Today this home mesmerizes visitors with its indoor pool, bowling alley and opulent furnishings. The stone work, bronze roof and gargoyles enhance the outside of this mansion that is now open to the public year-round.
Foodies will love the Carolina pork barbecue. There are two distinct styles barbecue here. The difference is not the meat, which is slow-cooked in a pit to make the famous smoky taste. The sauce is where competitions are won or lost. Vinegar-based sauces are popular, spicy, and do not hide the taste of the meat. Others love the sweet, tangy barbecue sauce that is thick, sweet and usually made with brown sugar. Either way, Carolina barbecue is a treat not to be missed. Brisket, ribs, chicken, beef or pork- the people of the Tarheel state love their barbecue, served up with crispy hush puppies, cole slaw and, of course, sweet tea.
Maybe you would rather have wine than sweet tea. A bus rental is a fantastic way for your group to tour all of the great wineries from the coast to the mountains. Muscadine wine is very popular in North Carolina. The Muscadine is a thick-skinned wild grape that produces a sweet, fruity wine. The Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail is a tour of family-owned wineries that produce Muscadine and Scuppernong wines, with history dating to the 1700's. Stop and see the vineyards, enjoy a glass of your favorite wine and take home a bottle or a case.
We are sure you will love tasting your way through our dishes and wines. You can thrill with race car simulators or dip your toes into the sands of the coastline. Have your breath taken away with mountaintop vistas and cosmopolitan skylines. Our state welcomes you to come and play today!