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Jun 30, 2006

Here be Lisa, and She Needs to Know...

Lisa_us_1 Welcome to the blogroll: Lisa at A Clear View to a New Life.

From her, a question for those of us who know the Carolinas.

I am considering a late-August/early-September 10-day trip that begins with a few days in Charleston, SC, ends with a few days visiting a friend in Charlotte, NC and in between involves a drive up the coast to the Outer Banks, with that week spent exploring the Outer Banks.

Do you have any experience with this route? Do you think it would make for a nice trip? I like to see new places, enjoy fresh air, take a variety of photographs and meet interesting people.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Opinions, anyone?  Mine, below:


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It seems it would make more sense to do the outer banks first and then the other two locations.

Posted by: Martha Harris | Jun 30, 2006 2:50:14 PM

Thanks, Martha. I'm curious about the reason for your suggestion.

For what it's worth, my thought process in choosing this order of visits is: (a) geography/lack of time--it's easier for me to fly in and out of Charleston and Charlotte at either end of the trip; and (b) I would prefer to be at the beach during the week, when I would expect it to be less crowded, and in the cities where there is more to do on the weekend. Plus, my birthday is on the second weekend of the trip and I would like to spend it with my Charlotte friends. :)

And thanks, Phil, for the addition to the blog roll! ;p

Posted by: Lisa | Jun 30, 2006 3:36:17 PM

I don't know where Lisa is from, but I hope she's used to warm weather. I live in this state, and personally I can't think of a time when I'd less want to be tooling around (especially the coastal plain).

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jun 30, 2006 6:24:31 PM

Joseph, I live in Dallas, so I'm thinking the weather can't be any hotter than it will be here.

Phil . . . I'm sorry, but I just realized I can't find your feedback "below".

Posted by: Lisa | Jul 1, 2006 11:53:48 AM

Hi Lisa - Actually, I hadn't gotten around to typing it yet But now here:

My experience with the eastern part of NC is fairly limited (I grew up in the mountains) but here's what I think:

1. If you're interested in the NC coast and coastal regions, I would suggest heading up the coast (more or less) from Charleston until you hit I-40 at Wilmington. Wilmington and points NE have a variety of beaches to visit.

2. From Wilmington, head inland and north to New Bern which has some interesting things about it. Then consider going ~40 miles SE down the southern side of the Neuse River and take the ferry across. Then consider going north to Aurora and taking another ferry across the Pamlico to Bath. (I'm pretty sure it's the Pamlico.) I'm fairly certain there will be some "beach" things on the rivers -- or at least things that feel very pleasantly coastal.

3. From either New Bern or Bath you can go further east to ferries that will take you to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. I've never been there but I suspect it's lovely.

4. Finally, return to the "city life" of the Triangle (Durham/ChapelHill/Raleigh) via the secondary roads where possible (reasonably fast -- various odds and ends of semi-rural life to see). Then stop in to see yer pals in Durham (like me, say).

Note: I've been to the northeastern "quarter" of NC (i.e., parts east and north of Raleigh) and don't really find them that interesting. At least not when I don't have a lot of time to explore and am just trying to get the Outer Banks. Even the Outer Banks out there aren't that interesting (to me). So, that's my two bits.

FYI: From Durham to Charlotte is ~3.5 hours depending on the day, time, and how fast you drive. I would tell you that coastal area driving is sort of boring (long and flat and straight) except you're from Texas, and you're used to that kind of thing. We, at least, will have lots of greenery to look at.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 1, 2006 3:13:53 PM

Phil, thanks so much for the really thoughtful suggestions! I have never been to the triangle, but may have to stop in for a visit if it means meeting the Famous Author of The Archer Pelican. I'll keep you posted on my plans!

Posted by: Lisa | Jul 1, 2006 11:49:01 PM

If you make it to the Outer Banks, you should do the dolphin cruise out of Manteo. Tons and tons of dolphins!

Posted by: marianne | Jul 2, 2006 12:14:42 PM