North Carolina is home to some of the most picturesque landscape in the country. For a road trip near Asheville, opt for a drive along the Linn Cove Viaduct, a 1243-foot concrete bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (a section of the U.S. National Park Service) framed by the Grandfather Mountain. For a break, get out and hike on one of the area’s hiking trails, or pack a picnic and take in the sweeping views. Situated in New Bern, visit Tyron Palace, a replica of a Georgian-style mansion erected in the late 1700s for the Royal Governor of North Carolina. The brick palace, completed in 1770, features more than 10 gardens comprised of 16 acres designed by landscape architect Morley Jeffers Williams, and historic buildings including a blacksmith shop depicting 18th century tools and artifacts.
Poetry and Literature aficionados will want to make a beeline for the Carl Sandburg Home Historical Site. Sandburg, a beloved poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, first moved to the home in 1945. Now, the woodsy 264-acre property is replete with a goat farm, two lakes, 5 miles of hiking trails, and even an apple orchard. Visitors can take a 30-minute guided tour of the historic home, venture outside on one of the many trails, or get an up-close look at the Connemara Farms goat dairy barn. It’s as close to real-life poetry as it gets.