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North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

North Carolina can be divided into three general regions: the mountains; the Piedmont; and the coast. The Great Smoky Mountains are covered in deciduous hardwood forests that burst into glorious color every autumn, while the Piedmont, which covers almost half the state, consists of gently ...

North Carolina can be divided into three general regions: the mountains; the Piedmont; and the coast. The Great Smoky Mountains are covered in deciduous hardwood forests that burst into glorious color every autumn, while the Piedmont, which covers almost half the state, consists of gently rolling hills and verdant farmland. The coastal plains are warmed by the Gulf Stream and comprise vast sand dunes, wetlands and the Outer Banks, a loose chain of small barrier islands. The area is also home to several colonial-era sites, Civil War battlegrounds, historic lighthouses and Kitty Hawk, the birthplace of modern flight. My recommended properties in North Carolina stand outside the state's most charming small cities and are as steeped in history and lore as the state itself. 

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in North Carolina

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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