Top Ten Small Towns for a Romantic LGBTQ Honeymoon
Small towns can provide the most romantic setting for any honeymoon. Breathtaking scenery, a slow pace, and friendly people offer…
There are some destinations where the name alone is enough to conjure up very specific and wonderful images. North Carolina is one such place. This region rich in history, both Native American and colonial American, is a state of incredible diversity from cities like Charlotte and Raleigh to rolling farmlands and a huge coastline that includes the sensational beaches of the Outer Banks as well as memorable offshore islands. Yet in between are the Appalachian Mountains, award-winning golf courses, excellent local dining and,of course, the famous hospitality of the Carolinian people. A honeymoon in North Carolina is an ideal celebration of your union together within a land rich in possibilities.
Located in the southeastern United States, North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. For lovers of the outdoors, it’s a fantastic location to be at sea level today and at the top of Mt. Mitchell, the East Coast’s highest peak, tomorrow, all while enjoying the warmth of the state’s subtropical climate.
Fast times in bustling and ever-growing cities, relaxing on beautiful Atlantic beaches, hiking majestic mountains—a honeymoon in North Carolina has appeal for everyone, whether you want to feed your adventurous side or drift away in gorgeous serenity.
How you spend your time during your honeymoon in North Carolina largely depends on the region you choose to stay in, so it’s a wise idea to know before you go. North Carolina is much wider east to west than it is north to south. On the Atlantic side, water fun is the nature of the game with marvelous white sand beaches with numerous opportunities to be with people or enjoy the company of one another in relative solitude. The Outer Banks have many delightful towns like Kitty Hawk and Duck where you’ll have no problem fishing, boating, water-skiing or finding incredible action among the dunes. Head on over to the western part of the state and you’re presented with hiking, camping, hunting, biking, skiing and white-water rafting in the natural beauty of mountains and reserves such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From engaging in adventure to luxuriating in peaceful bliss, romance is certain to spark in this sensational state.
AREA CODES: There are six area codes in North Carolina—828 for Asheville and Banner Elk, 919 for Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh; 704 for Charlotte; 252 for the Outer Banks; 910 for Wilmington, and 336 for Winston-Salem.
· CURRENCY: The US dollar. You should have no problems finding ATMs all around the state at banks and most stores and markets.
· LANGUAGE: English.
· GETTING AROUND: Renting a car in North Carolina can be a great idea, especially if you plan to see more of the state. The major towns and cities generally have transportation such as buses, taxis and limos. Locally, you may want to rent bikes to see the wonderful forests and winding roads of the state’s countryside. Also, the bigger attractions like you’ll find in the Outer Banks have transportation options ready for travelers. Ferries, boats and jumper planes can get you to some of the more remote locations. Plan ahead and reserve a spot so you don’t get caught waiting in long lines.
· WHEN TO GO: Spring, summer and autumn are the very best seasons to enjoy the stunning foliage and scenery of North Carolina. Late March and early April bring a lively splash of color, while the falling leaves of late September and early October put on an equally spectacular show with colors from the other spectrum. Of course, the excellent skiing in the state is reason alone to come visit during the winter months.
· ELECTRICITY: All of the United States and Canada use 110 volts system. Finding converters can be difficult in the U.S., so if you need one, bring it with you.
· TIME ZONE: North Carolina falls under Eastern Standard Time, and it observes daylight saving time beginning on the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in Novemb