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With the winter of 2013-14 safely behind us, you can do more than simply roll down your windows when you hit the road: You can set aside a weekend or a week to explore new destinations.

Beachgoers on Horry County beaches no longer will be able to erect tents now that Horry County Council voted Tuesday to implement a ban.

More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana.

Mountain scenery only gets better from the window of a train. Bryson City’s downtown is the start of one of the East’s best scenic rail rides, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. And close by? Whitewater and zip line fun at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Years of building and rebuilding at Raleigh-Durham International Airport will come to an end Sunday when the first passengers pass through a refurbished Terminal 1.

When it's Kentucky Derby season in Louisville, money seems to flow faster than the Ohio River. Hotels and restaurants fill up; bars serve mint juleps and fine Kentucky bourbon. Shopping includes a hunt for the colorful hats worn as a Derby tradition. Parties are thrown, and wagers are plunked down on can't-miss colts and longshots alike as fans guess which horse will win the famous race at Churchill Downs.

Barcelona, Spain, is a seaside city to savor, with fresh markets, great Catalan food and culture.

When it comes to popular events, is there ever too much of a good thing?  Several seasonal events...

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~ Holy Week in Spain 04.15.14

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. Check out gotomyrtlebeach.com

Mark your calendar for these great travel opportunities.

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.

JERUSALEM, April 16, 2014 ? Jerusalem has been a crossroads of religion for centuries. For trave...

Travel Better With Bob Taylor
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