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Backroads of North Carolina: Your Guide to Great Day Trips & Weekend Getaways Paperback – April 4, 2009
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The beauty of mountain waterfalls, the charm of rolling vineyards, the tradition of waterfront villages—these and more are explored in Backroads of North Carolina, a colorful guide to nearly 30 scenic drives through the Tarheel State. Taking you to secluded areas and sites steeped in history, the drives vary from 15 to 180 miles in length, ideal for planning a day trip or weekend getaway.
From the wildflower-lined switchbacks of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the barrier islands of the Outer Banks, North Carolina encompasses stunning natural wonders. This essential guidebook reveals its hidden allures—mineral mines, Cherokee mounds, bird-filled estuaries—all waiting to be explored.
Illustrated with beautiful color photography and intriguing historical images, Backroads of North Carolina leads you deep into the soul of the state, beyond the common tourist attractions.
Author and photographer Kevin Adams has published eight travel books, including Our North Carolina. He lives in High Point, North Carolina.
About the Author
A naturalist, writer, teacher, and photographer, Kevin Adams is the author of the books North Carolina Waterfalls, Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians, Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes, The Mountains, and the photographer of Voyageur Press's Our North Carolina, as well as numerous magazine articles. His photographs appear in books, magazines, calendars, and advertisements across the country. Kevin lives in High Point, North Carolina, with his wife, Patricia. www.kadamsphoto.com/
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Part I: Bluffs and Valleys: The Northwest
Part II: Land of Waterfalls: The Southwest
Part III: History and Scenery in the Heartland: The Piedmont
Part IV: Deep History and Endless Water: The Northeast
Part V: Diverse Nature and Scenery: The Southeast
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A beautiful and well written guide, Adams divides the state into regions and then provides the reader with some short road trips within the region (15 to 100+ miles). Beginning each chapter with a map of the area and detail of the specific routes, they then delve into each route, providing you with interesting, fun, and unique sites to visit. Spectacular photography enhances the outstanding writing, bringing each trip to life. Interspersed within the chapters, you will find more detailed history of specific people, places, and things.Read more ›
Most of the time I use the book as a guide but mark in my GPS the routes before leaving home. I also use the internet to do some research about restaurants and add them to my route. This way I can ride to a certain place and find good meals before riding back.
Sometimes I join two or more routes together to create a longer trip. Easy using the method I described above.
After all that, all I have to do is follow the directions from my GPS. It has worked every single time. The result is a great ride that also allows me to get to know NC better.
Last, but not least, the images in this book are really good. I'm a photographer and Mr Adams has a good eye for color and composition. This is not amateur photography inserted in a book with sloppiness. No sir. Some of the pictures here are quite incredible and very well edited.
I bought other NC guides. This is the one I decided to follow first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Very fun read especially if you're planning a road trip. Beautiful pictures throughout and allows the reader to gain a sense of the rural areas of North carolina.Published 2 months ago by megan
Great addition to my books to explore North Carolina. I love checking out the mountains each time we head to see our grandson.Published 2 months ago by D. Edly
This is a great book for getting to know North Carolina. The pictures and illustrations make this book a delight to pick up.Published 5 months ago by LW
I bought this book for my son who has just moved to North Carolina and he is very impressed with it. They are looking forward to driving some of the routesPublished 7 months ago by HeatherOC