Most Picturesque Place for a Sunday Drive : There is a reason that the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway  is called “America’s favorite drive”: The scenery between the Shenandoah Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains is among the most beautiful in the nation.
Best Place to Find Fine Art : Celebrated North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake has assembled a collection of prints, lithographs, and original works depicting life in North Carolina at the Bob Timberlake Gallery .
Best Place to Find Cookware and Kitsch : The Mast General Store  was founded in 1883 and still acts as a supermarket, hardware store, clothing shop, and community gathering spot for locals. The historic store carries everything from cookware and cookie mix to bolts and rocking chairs.
Best Place to Board a Battleship : Heralded for its successes in World War II battles, the 45,000-ton warship, Battleship North Carolina,  now serves as a museum and a tribute to the North Carolina soldiers who died during the war.
Best Place to Spot a Celebrity : More than 350 movies and TV shows have been shot on the studio lot at EUE Screen Gems Studios , making it the biggest production facility outside of California. Look for celebrities while you’re on the studio tour.