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Prior to the American Civil War, many travelers who toured the United States would pass through North Carolina at some point. The travelers were mostly either upper-class Europeans visiting the New World or Northerners wishing to see the rest of their country. Many of both group had negative perceptions of North Carolina because of the use of slavery and the lack of infrastructure and development in many regions of the state.
The State of North Carolina spent years building its reputation as Variety Vacationland and, in the process, made its travel promotion as well-known as its travel attractions. In a Carolina Country contest, there were nine student winners who wrote about why they think North Carolina is called Variety Vacationland. The judges comment on their selections and present the winning essays in this article.
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives boasted that the Tarheel State’s cultural and natural landscape is as sundry as its inhabitants. When it comes to NC’s main mountain range, outdoor activities such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail can offer new meaning to the great outdoors. For Piedmont Region travelers who are military buffs, Greensboro offers a Revolutionary War battle site in its Guildford Courthouse National Military Park. As for what the other end of NC’s climatic spectrum offers, visiting the Outer Banks lighthouses can provide a treasure trove of memories.