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She’s famed in Scottish and N.C. folklore for picking the wrong sides. Other than legends, what remains of Flora MacDonald’s world?

The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date.

The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

Any time is great to visit the mountain college town of Boone. It can easily be argued, however, that the most beautiful time is when the leaves of the mountain forests are richly stained the delicious colors of apples and pumpkins and nuts. Soon it will be the perfect time for leaf-peeping drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the winding back roads. Make sure to include the BRP stretch between Blowing Rock and Linville, which will take you along the shoulder of Grandfather Mountain and across the famed Linn Cove Viaduct.

Another new high-rise resort could be in store for Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, replacing the Palmetto Shores Oceanfront Resort.

The ding of a cable car cutting through morning fog – where else but in San Francisco? It’s a diverse municipality where neighborhoods are authentic and distinctive

A press release issued in honor of Aug. 17 being "National Aviation Day"  says good-old Charlotte...

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

If you’re near Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, swing by the Man of Steel’s birthplace.

Fury 325 party at Carowinds

Big Sky's majestic ski slopes  (Photo: Taylor)BIG SKY, MONT,  August 29, 2014 ? When it comes to ...

Travel Better With Bob Taylor
Tribute shows continue holding, if not gaining, a footing in the world of concerts – especially in Myrtle Beach.

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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