What state can provide both mountains and beach within a day’s drive of each other? The answer is North Carolina. On the west side, there are the mountains with Beach Mountain Resort and the U.S. National White Water Center. On the east coast, you can go deep sea fishing and shark fishing at Captain Stacey’s Fishing Center, learn to surf at Indojax Surf School, and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities or just relax in the sun at Baldhead Island. No matter where you go, west or east, you’ll find extraordinary adventures awaiting your arrival!
Fish, fish, fish….shark!
For those looking for an extraordinary fishing trip, Captain Stacey’s Fishing Center in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina offers deep sea fishing and shark fishing day trips (and some night trips for shark!) on a head boat. The usual fish caught are red snapper, amberjack, trigger fish, and grouper. Sometimes, someone catches a shark! Charter boats are also available for groups desiring a more private trip. On these boats, you can catch more interesting fish such as dolphin fish and mahi mahi.
Surf’s Up, Dude
Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf, or maybe you want to brush up on your surfing techniques? Wrightsville Beach, the best place in North Carolina to surf, is home to the Indojax Surf School. Providing private lessons in surfing and kiteboarding, along with summer camps, the school prides itself on giving their students a safe and friendly experience at an affordable rate. They hold many special summer camps for children and adults with disabilities, such as deafness or blindness, which is hard to come by.
Bald but Beautiful
With fourteen miles of beaches, Baldhead Island is a paradise island. Inland there is forest, mashes, and creeks to explore, while the beaches beg you to enjoy them. Outdoor activities available include hiking, cycling, kayaking, sailing, surfing, and geocaching. This beautiful vacation getaway is sure to please any outdoor adventurist.
It’s a Winter Wonderland!
The mountains of North Carolina are known for their ski resorts nationwide. One of the most well-known ski resorts is Beach Mountain Resort, about half an hour outside of Boone, North Carolina. This is the highest ski resort east of the Rockies, and offers skiing and snowboarding trails throughout the winter season, as well as tubing runs. The trails are opened starting Thanksgiving weekend and snow is made often and as much as possible.
Last but Certainly Not Least
Situated on 700 acres and dedicated to outdoor activities, the U.S. National White Water Center has adventures for individuals and groups. From white-water rafting and kayaking to triathlon and ultra-marathons, the center is the place to be for outdoor activities! Located near Charlotte, the center has an in-depth website that describes everything you need to know about the center. The website is available at http://usnwc.org. The menagerie of activities available at this center is sure to please everyone who comes.
East or west, you’re sure to find the extraordinary adventure you’re looking for in North Carolina. This is the state of both mountains and beach, a dream come true for many vacationers. So come and give it a try. You’re sure to not be disappointed!
This article was written by Ryan Thomas for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.