Hiddenite in Alexander County is a rockhound's paradise, with over 2,000 minerals and 65 major gemstones identified. Though small (population 250) the town's rich history, arts, crafts, and culture attract thousands of tourists yearly.
For rock enthusiasts, this article contained gems of the information. Examples are mother lode level locations such as Spruce Pine, Franklin, Little Switzerland, a facility to discover more areas of interest (Museum of North Carolina Minerals), and number of minerals that can be found in the Tar Heel State (over three hundred, in comparison to ten that can be found in other states).
Sites such as The History Museum of Burke County and Benjamin May-Lewis House offer information about North Carolina’s history. An experience of the state’s beautiful landscapes can be found in areas such as WRAL Azalea Gardens and Wiseman’s View. Entertainment and dining can be found at businesses such as Drexel Barber Shop and Chapel Hill’s Sup Dogs.