RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state of North Carolina is a diverse
destination and appears to be getting even more so.
There are many new events give agents more reasons to plan a
Among them are:Last month saw the debut of the state's first African-American
Heritage brochure in recognition that people of African descent
have been an integral part of the state's history and culture.
The 40-page booklet is sponsored by the North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources, as well as the Division of
Tourism, Film and Sports Development Division.
North Carolina Division of TourismThe renovated Roanoke Island North Carolina Aquarium is to make
its debut this spring.
Phone: (800) VISIT NC
The project includes a skylighted atrium housing 50 live trees
and the new Freshwater Habitat that depicts North Carolina's
rivers, marshes and sounds and 50 live trees. The centerpiece is a
180,000-gallon ocean tank with a replica of the USS Monitor
shipwreck and a variety of reef fish.
Other new and larger tanks house such marine life as sharks,
barracuda and sea turtles.
RINCAFayetteville in August will boast the opening of the Airborne
and Special Operations Museum.
Phone: (252) 473-3493
The 65,000-square-foot museum pays tribute to all U.S. airborne
and special operations units of the past, present and future.
Fayetteville CVBThe first annual Blackbeard's Bounty festival will be held May
19 and 20 in Morehead City.
Phone: (800) 255-8217 or (910) 483-5311
Carteret Country Tourism BureauConcord's new Lowe's Motor Speedway track will host the Penzoil
World of Outlaws sprint-car racing in conjunction with the
Coco-Cola 600 and UAW-GM Quality 500 races in May and October. The
new track also will be used for Supercross, flat-track motorcycle
and monster-truck races.
Phone: (800) SUNNY NC or (252) 726-8148.
Lowe's Motor SpeedwayThe long-running "Horn in the West" outdoor drama, set in the
Appalachian mountains, marks its 50th anniversary this year.
Phone: (704) 455-3200
The drama follows frontiersman Daniel Boone and his band of
mountain settlers as they struggle against the British militia.
Southern Appalachian Historical Association
Phone: (828) 264-2120