The North Carolina Transportation Museum at Historic Spencer Shops north of Salisbury attracts 80,000 visitors a year. Visitors to the museum can see various types of transportation in static displays and in live operation.
Bryson City, county seat of Swain County, attracts thousands of tourists to its scenic mountains, historical attractions, and outdoor activities, yet still maintains its small-town, down-home atmosphere.
With over 20,000 farms in the state growing vegetables, roadside produce stands are numerous and well stocked. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture has a book listing 300 of them - DIRECT DIRECTORY.
Created with General Assembly funding in 1974 and having 5,500 acres of forest and fourteen miles of mountain streams, South Mountain State Park in Burke County offers many activities for the adventurous young or old.
Although reduced in number by franchises and shopping-mall eateries, small-town diners, including BJ's in Polkton and Sherry's Family Style Restaurant in Ramseur, still serve up good food in a friendly atmosphere.
Situated on Balls Creek near Catawba, Murray's Mill is one of the largest and best preserved of the state's remaining water-powered gristmills. Built in 1912-13, the mill is now owned by the Catawba County Historical Association.
Around the world, over 20,000 individuals recreate the military lifestyle of the American Civil War with historical accuracy in dress and battles. Over 600 reenactors in 15 units in the state bring local history to life.
Love Valley, located in Iredell County, is the result of one man's dream to build an Old West town. Started in 1954 by Andy Barker, the town features Western-style structures, rodeos, and many riding trails.
Incorporated in 1876, the Moore County town of Cameron, population around 200, has enjoyed prosperity through naval stores (1870-1910) and dewberry crops (until after World War II), and currently as a Sandhills antique center.
Discovery of gold near Eldorado in Montgomery County in the late 19th-century drew hundreds of speculators to the area. With 47,000 acres of Uwharrie Forest and 6,000 acres of water nearby, tourism is Eldorado's new gold rush.