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For one of North Carolina’s best spots for boating and camping, set sail for the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area in the state’s northeastern Piedmont.

Plymouth, N.C., on the Roanoke River just before it reaches Albemarle Sound, has big plans for the weekend of April 25-27: The town’s 24th annual Living History Weekend will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Plymouth.

The Mendenhall Plantation home in Jamestown is a very unusual plantation house.

The Mendenhall Plantation home in Jamestown is a very unusual plantation house.

Not too far from the Charlotte area is the Richard Childress Racing Museum in Welcome. Showcased here are cars driven to victory by the likes of Ricky Rudd, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Museum of the Albemarle does a splendid job of giving an overview of the environment, culture, and development of North Carolina’s northeast coastal region.

While most visitors to the Roan Mountain area come during warmer months, it truly is a year round destination for those who enjoy the beauty and majesty of nature.

Through March 5, the N.C. Museum of History has twin exhibitions that focus on the splendor of imperial Russia: “The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs” and “Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art.”

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum in Staunton, Va., is adjacent to the house in which the future president was born.

The Richmond County town of Hamlet is a genuine destination for railroading fans. A beautifully restored passenger depot, a faithful replica of the first steam engine to arrive in the state capital, and two railroad museums await.

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