Visit the Piedmont of North Carolina from Brenda on Vimeo.
In the middle of North Carolina, discover fabulous foods, pottery, thrilling NASCAR, world-famous golf, a natural habitat zoo and so much more.
Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham Three awesome cities, each with fine museums, colleges and fantastic local arts, crafts and music.
Closest large city to Monroe and our School is Charlotte. Charlotte —– apparently royalty loves whitewater rafting, NASCAR, nightlife and shopping because the Queen City has it all.
If you are looking to plan a Charlotte family vacation you will have a lot to choose from. Family friendly activities include the Discovery Place, ImaginOn, Carowinds, Carolina Raptor Center, Lazy 5 Ranch and plenty of kid friendly restaurants. We’ve been to them all.
Latitude: 35° 13′ 53.04″ N
Longitude: -80° 50′ 44.8794″ W
Visit NASCAR at the Dale Earnhardt Showroom and the North Carolina Racing Hall of Fame, then browse the more than 40 race shops before heading over for to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Catawba River is near for outdoor activities as well as Lake Norman. You’ll find outdoor adventures galore, from whitewater rafting and kayaking to rock climbing, mountain biking and Eco Caching at the US National Whitewater Center. See a Panthers game at the stadium while in Charlotte.
Crowders Mountain State Park This natural getaway is located in Gaston County just 30 minutes from Charlotte. Weekend warriors flock here on beautiful weekend days for a hike to the top of Kings Pinnacle (1,705 feet) or Crowders Mountain (1,625 feet) where the views of the surrounding Piedmont are spectacular. Others come for rock-climbing adventures, fishing, or wilderness camping just half an hour away from the big city.
Latitude: 35° 12′ 44.2794″ N
Longitude: -81° 17′ 34.44″ W
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site -Statesville , NC
Situated near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War.
Also see the Balloons Flying high over Statesville in the fall at the Hot Air- Balloon Festival.
Piedmont Triad— How can you resist an area that’s home to Krispy Kreme, Mayberry, Texas Pete, Lexington barbecue and Moravian cookies? Cities of Winston Salem, Greensboro, Lexington.
Lexington is the self-proclaimed Barbecue Capital of the World, in a state that has an abundance of great barbecue. So, whether you like it vinegar-based or tomato-based, whole hog or pork shoulders, chopped or sliced, you can’t miss out on barbecue in Lexington, accompanied by hush puppies, cole slaw, and super-sweet sweet tea.
North Carolina Zoo
Natural habitat enclosures for its animals. Today, it is still one of the largest walk-through zoos in the US, incorporating more than a thousand animals into natural settings on approximately 500 acres. The bird house is worth the trip alone, but here you can also walk from the African grasslands to the Arctic coast in a matter of minutes. See the dinosaur exhibit.
History and hiking go hand in hand in the Northern Foothills. Everywhere you go it seems you’re following in the footsteps of those who came before. Walk the cobbled stone streets of Old Salem and you’ll find interpreters depicting the daily life of the Moravians who settled here in 1766. Guilford Courthouse National Military is the site of a fierce Revolutionary War battle and includes 2.5 miles of battlefield walking trails. Pilot Mountain was once used by Native Americans as a guide or “pilot” on the north-south travel route. Pilot Mountain State Park and nearby Hanging Rock State Park both offer miles of trails, rock climbing, picnicking, and spectacular views.
The rolling northern foothills region of the Piedmont offers fabulous scenery and attractions like the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro Latitude: 35° 42′ 28.0794″ N
Longitude: -79° 48′ 49.68″ W ,
the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove and Mayberry in Mount Airy.
History comes to life in Winston-Salem, where some of the best-preserved colonial heritage sites in the country can be found. Members of the Moravian sect settled in the area in the mid-18th century, and eventually established the thriving community of Salem. Today, visitors can see how those early settlers lived, worked and worshiped by visiting the historic settlements of Bethabara Park,Bethania, and Old Salem.
Pinehurst and the Sandhills- Find natural beauty, antiquing, unique pottery, history and a hidden gem known as Pinehurst No. 2. Take your golf clubs with you if you are a golfer.