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What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Attractions are diverse and many, and range from wine-tasting to theater, bluegrass music to a train ride.


Big-time bluegrass is about to do an encore in Raleigh: Last year was the first of six annual confabs the International Bluegrass Music Association held there. Between ticketed performances and a two-day street festival, this is a weekend of music.

The Northeast’s spectacular foliage season is just ahead – which means crowds of leaf-peepers will be taking to the roads to follow the changing colors.

Instead of lugging a thousand pounds of provisions up the Chilkoot Trail, do Alaska and the Yukon in luxury and style next spring by taking Holland America Line’s Alaska Land + Sea Journey.

We’ve picked three areas to take in a little of fall’s striptease. Now if Ma Nature will just cooperate …

Temperatures dropped into the upper 30s earlier this week in the higher elevations of North Carolina’s mountains, providing a signal that the leaf-viewing season will soon be underway.

There was a severe outbreak of travel envy as we pored over the hundreds of photos submitted for our annual reader photo competition.

Sipping a beer when you're riding the rails. Sound like a fun combination?That's what the New Hop...

Going, Going...
Mark your calendar for these great travel opportunities.

Fall beach dance

The majestic Taj Mahal, Agra, India  (Photo: Taylor)CHARLOTTE, September 26, 2014 ? Thanks to UNE...

Travel Better With Bob Taylor
Looking for a place to enjoy the Grand Strand’s outdoors? Here’s where to point your shoes.

The Observer's sister newspaper The Sun News of Myrtle Beach now has a travel site dedicated to everything you need to know about visiting the area: gotomyrtlebeach.com

Road Trips: Drive time in the Carolinas
Spring & summer guide to fun
N.C. Mountains
Asheville | Asheville events | Cherokee | Boone/Blowing Rock | Lake Lure/Chimney Rock | Bryson City | Mountain Adventures | Mountain Hikes
N.C. Piedmont
Charlotte area | Raleigh | Winston-Salem | Greensboro | Durham | Great Uwharrie Hiking | Piedmont Adventures
N.C. Coast
Outer Banks | Great Croatan Hikes | Wilmington | Morehead City/Beaufort | Coastal Adventures



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