Wanting to visit Florida & North Carolina

Old Dec 28th, 2021, 07:47 AM
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Wanting to visit Florida & North Carolina

We are planning a trip to Florida in March. Would like to a valid the spring breakers, and would love to be on the east coast. Any suggestions? We are then going to go up to Georgia, Carolinas etc
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Welcome to Fodors. A couple of quick comments (not helping with your actual question at all ) . . .

1) your title really doesn't explain what your thread is about - maybe ask the moderators to edit the title something like "Help with Atlantic coast Florida trip" or something else more descriptive.

2) I assume "Would like to a valid the spring breakers . . . " meant to be Would like to avoid the spring breakers . . . - right??

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Just avoid Daytona Beach and possibly Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach in Miami and you should be fine. You might want to check out:

De Land--Deland. Northeast of Orlando is Deland which bills itself as the Athens of Florida with Florida’s oldest private college, Stetson University. The lively downtown features unique shopping, dining and hotels. It is a wonderful, charming friendly community with a small town feel but full of culture and things to do. Old, charming houses. There are large live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss throughout the town.

Fernandina Beach. Charming Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island has 50 blocks of historic buildings housing restaurants, bed ‘n’ breakfasts, and boutique shops. Check out the cozy Book Loft, a famous independent bookstore (it has 1,500 rare books). Ft. Clinch State Park features serene beaches and six miles of natural surface trails for hiking and mt. biking. You can sail the islands aboard a 100’ replica 19th Century schooner (sunset cruises).

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Wanting to visit North Carolina

Can anyone suggest what part of NC is nice to visit. Not interested in hiking or boating. Interesting in sights, culture etc
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My mother and aunt really liked New Bern, NC. See this: "At one time, New Bern was called “the Athens of the South,” renowned for its Masonic Temple and Athens Theater. New Bern has four historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places; their numerous contributing buildings include residences, stores and churches dating back to the early eighteenth century. Within easy walking distance of the waterfront are more than 164 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. Also, nearby are several bed and breakfasts, hotels, restaurants, banks, antiques stores and specialty shops."

Many say Wilmington, NC is a lot like Charleston, SC but without the crowds and expense. See:"From Wilmington’s vibrant riverfront and scenic Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here that surrounds, transforms, and enthralls visitors. One destination with four unique settings creates a bounty of vibrant vacation experiences. Come explore North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination flowing with energy and creativity.

A variety of architectural styles and moss-draped live oaks line the city’s National Register Historic District, spanning more than 230 blocks. From horse-drawn carriage rides on the old brick-lined streets to the rhythm of live music along the riverfront, Wilmington embraces influences from the past and present. As history moves forward with each exciting new addition, the city mingles Victorian and historic architecture with modern design and new attractions like a performing arts center, waterfront park and amphitheater, an event pier near the Port City Marina, hotels and restaurants. Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington’s scenic Riverwalk offers easy access to boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife." https://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/


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North Carolina: Asheville - Biltmore House - Blue Ridge Parkway. Possibly Cherokee and Smoky Mountains National Park (most visited NP in the US).

Old Salem in Winston Salem.

The state capital (Raleigh) has the Capitol building, the Governor's mansion, an historic section (Oakwood), an Art Museum, a History Museum, some other museums, an arboretum. Nearby, Durham has Duke (and a lemur center) and Chapel Hill has a Planetarium.

There's a zoo roughly in the middle of the state, plus an active pottery industry nearby based in Seagrove.

If you're doing the coast you could add Beaufort to the suggestions above. Try to avoid Myrtle Beach on the way north.
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Yes to Asheville and the Biltmore House.
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What Thursday suggested in the middle of NC. Seagrove is a little gem. There are probably 50 potteries in that area doing all kinds of pottery and has dated since the 1700s. In the town of Seagrove is a small museum where you can get a map to get to the potteries down many back roads. In Jugtown (in the area) is a delightful store that carries examples of a number of the artists. And Ben OwenIV has a pottery there with his work.k I don't know if March might not be a "kiln opening" when all the potteries have an event when they coordinate their firiings and there is a large amount of new items for sale.
Winston Salem with Old Salem is a real destination. There is also the Museum of Southern Decoratvie Arts in Old Salem with wonderful examples of southern furniture from the 1800s.
There's a lot to do in Charlotte also. Museums, good food, shopping

At some place you will want to sample NC BBQ.
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