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Mountains vs. Beach

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as a citizen of the piedmont area in north carolina, we are privliged to be in such close proximity to both geographical havens. so, when it comes vacation time where do you go? or where would you rather go? what do you like to do while there? yeah, they're both amazing... but what's your preference?

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I can do both easily but i dunnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooo... tough one

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Well it depends, usually in the summer I yearn for the beach although there are times when it's really hot out that I'd prefer the mountains since it's usually cooler up there with less humidity. I tend to miss the mountains in the spring when everything is in bloom but on some warm days I feel like walking along the beach although the water temp is too cool for swimming. Fall has to be mountains, hands down. In the winter I tend to prefer the mountains as well, in hopes of seeing snow.

Alot of times in either place I do the tourist shops thing, if I'm in a decent sized town I'll "do as the natives do" and eat at local places, shop at the mall if it's rainy, stuff like that. If I'm in the mountains, well aside from being in Asheville, you'll find me on the Blue Ridge Parkway or exploring the tiny mountain towns. At the beach I'm probably on the beach or in the ocean...

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Coast: Oriental on the Neuse/Pamlico-great place for sailing. Beaufort and Ocracoke aren't bad either.

Mountains: Hot Springs or Mount Mitchell (backpacking).

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I'm a beach person. My favorite NC vacation spot would be the Southeast Coast.

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I quite like the Pisgah Ranger District, and Shining Rock Wilderness in the mountains. I haven't been to most of the stuff there though. I've seen nothing in Nantahala National Forest and the Smokies so far.

The foothills are very interesting too. They extend pretty far into the piedmont, so they get a great view of the flatlands, and the Blue Ridge off in the distance. The Sauratown and the Brushy Mountains have really good hikes.

I've seen more of the beach, and I have to admit, most of it looks the same. The natural beaches like Bear Island and Shackleford Banks are especially great, because the shells and critters aren't cleaned off of them. Ocracoke is incredible too, both the island and the town.

Yin and Yang.... beach and mountains. Maybe the topography in the center of the state could be a bit more interesting, but at least everything is within a day's drive.

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DanRNC - Oriental is cool little town, is it not? A fine gentleman that I used to work with owns the house that looks like it has been pieced together over time (which it has).

Oriential is one of those great little towns that nobody knows about, and the natives seem to want it to stay that way.

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Summer: Beach, Whenever I get a long weekend we usually check out a new beach. Now that I've been here for 4 years though I'm starting to revist.

Winter: Mountains/Ski Boone/Asheville

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DanRNC - Oriental is cool little town, is it not? A fine gentleman that I used to work with owns the house that looks like it has been pieced together over time (which it has).

Oriential is one of those great little towns that nobody knows about, and the natives seem to want it to stay that way.

i just went to oriental (first weekend in may) for a wedding, and it was beautiful. however, i am more of a mountain man, myself. something about NC's ancient hills that beckons my soul. IMO, both mountains and beach are both great... but i've always had a theory that when it all gets down to brass tacks - your either a mountain person or beach person.... don't even get me started about my other theory - that you either a bird spirit or horse spirit. :)

anyways, 2 of my favorite spots in NC cover both:

bear island, on the coast near jacksonville. (you can camp there)

and

joyce kilmer national forest, in the mountains not too far from murphy, nc. (u can camp)

i have heard that this is the oldest virgin forest in the nation... can that be?

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I love both regions, especially the Boone/Blowing Rock area in the mountains, and Pleasure Island/Fort Fisher area at the coast. But I am a beach person at heart. Haven't been to the Outer Banks yet, but will visit soon. :D

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Total mountain person here - for me it's no contest.

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I used to be a hands-down mountain person, but since i've moved closer to the coast, I actually like it just as much. NC has some great beaches, and some great coastal towns....several of them are kinda off the beaten path.

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So here is a question...

Should there be intra-Carolina flights available from RDU and GSO? CLT sort of has them on US but they are expensive..

Do you think people would want to fly to the Outer Banks if the airport can be brought to the correct category for scheduled flights?

Would RDU/GSO-EWN/ILM/MQI (Outer Banks)/FAY/AVL/CHS/CAE/MYR/GSP/PGV flights work?

How about RDU/GSO-ORF/ROA/RIC?

Would some other flights work like AVL-MYR or ORF-CHS or EWN-MQI or ILM-ROA.. do you think some of these would help make NC more accessable or more tourist friendly? Would they provide easier access to the mountains or the beach instead of driving the 3, 4, 5, or 7 hours depending on where you are going from?

Just wondering.. any thought would be encouraging..

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I quite like the Pisgah Ranger District, and Shining Rock Wilderness in the mountains. I haven't been to most of the stuff there though. I've seen nothing in Nantahala National Forest and the Smokies so far.

The foothills are very interesting too. They extend pretty far into the piedmont, so they get a great view of the flatlands, and the Blue Ridge off in the distance. The Sauratown and the Brushy Mountains have really good hikes.

I've seen more of the beach, and I have to admit, most of it looks the same. The natural beaches like Bear Island and Shackleford Banks are especially great, because the shells and critters aren't cleaned off of them. Ocracoke is incredible too, both the island and the town.

Yin and Yang.... beach and mountains. Maybe the topography in the center of the state could be a bit more interesting, but at least everything is within a day's drive.

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i'm glad this thread got bumped... a few weeks back i did something i've often wanted to do. i took my camping gear and went to carolina beach state park and stayed for 2 nights then drove directly to linville gorge and stayed a night.

the day i left the beach i swam in the atlantic ocean - that afternoon i took a dip in the toe river @ carolina hemlock state park in the mountains. that night while i was camping in linville i fell asleep during a thunderstorm.... i felt very complete.

obviously the night air of the mountains was incredible compared to the beach - which was a little stiffling... so, i slept better in the mountains. which causes me to think that my bias towards the mountains might be one of pure environment rather than what i actually do there... i.e. shopping, dining, going out... etc.

of course, even still i prefer the mountains... it's just a little more attuned to my way of life. but, i enjoy both immensely.

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I remember backpacking in the pisgah ranger district in heavy rain, and there was a point where the uphills were so steep, I just wanted to destroy the mountains and never have to hike up them again. We got the tallest, most rugged chunk of mountains on the east coast.

The beaches at Fort Fisher and Ocracoke are especially good. Wrightsville, Hammocks Beach, Topsail, and a few other places also have really good flat shorelines with lots of room to swim. The water's warm, clean, and there isn't trash all over the place. Jockey's ridge, the capes, the sounds, and the abundance of carolina bays (the round natural lakes all over the coastal plain) are also pretty interesting.

It's a tough one.

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So here is a question...

Should there be intra-Carolina flights available from RDU and GSO? CLT sort of has them on US but they are expensive..

Do you think people would want to fly to the Outer Banks if the airport can be brought to the correct category for scheduled flights?

Would RDU/GSO-EWN/ILM/MQI (Outer Banks)/FAY/AVL/CHS/CAE/MYR/GSP/PGV flights work?

How about RDU/GSO-ORF/ROA/RIC?

Would some other flights work like AVL-MYR or ORF-CHS or EWN-MQI or ILM-ROA.. do you think some of these would help make NC more accessable or more tourist friendly? Would they provide easier access to the mountains or the beach instead of driving the 3, 4, 5, or 7 hours depending on where you are going from?

Just wondering.. any thought would be encouraging..

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Yeah, the foothills do indeed extend into the Piedmont Triad. smile.gif Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock are actually part of the greater Triad area; you can see Pilot Mountain from Winston-Salem city limits......

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as a citizen of the piedmont area in north carolina, we are privliged to be in such close proximity to both geographical havens. so, when it comes vacation time where do you go? or where would you rather go? what do you like to do while there? yeah, they're both amazing... but what's your preference?

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Hmmmm, I guess I'll say I prefer the Mtns. much more than the coast. But there are times I enjoy just laying out on the beach and listening to the waves crash!

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I prefer the beach. In NC I love Wrightville Beach, Carolina Beach and Emerald Isles.

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