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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
About the Author and Photographer
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. This provides more background on the selection of certain stops, enhancing not only the readers enjoyment but the visitors. Especially when the stop is self-guided. Many of his routes are truly "backroads," a few will require a 4x4 vehicle during certain times of the year. Others are on dirt or gravel roads. However, Adams is careful to tell you when is a good time to attempt the trip and whether your subcompact vehicle will be able to handle the route. Also, some of the destinations require hiking. Again, Adams is honest in his delivery; he will tell you how strenuous the hike and the distance covered. If you are prepared, very few of the hikes will come as a shock.
While there is a plethora of North Carolina guidebooks from which to choose, they are, for the most part, filled with "touristy" attractions and eateries. This unique book places special emphasis on the natural wonders of North Carolina as well as some unique dining and attractions. If you are partial to discovering exclusive destinations, the North Carolina depicted by Adams will provide some restaurant recommendations, but the ones he mentions add to the flavor of North Carolina; you will find no chain restaurants in this book. Nor will you find pedestrian sights.The routes I enjoyed most in this book are the ones that are just off the paths to the beaches and also the ones with which I am familiar, as we use some backroads to get us to and from Myrtle Beach, SC. These are the areas that most travellers miss, but the ones that seem to have the most charm, history, and unusual sights. Plus, they would provide a welcome break from travelling, giving the family a chance to experience the real North Carolina.
This is an excellent book, whether you are a native of North Carolina or just visiting. For the native, Adams provides you with exceptional day trips through your excellent state. For the vacationer, he describes sights that will add to your enjoyment. I also believe that Backroads of North Carolina would be perfect for those that vacation in the northern areas of South Carolina. Take a day from the beaches, in either North or South Carolina, open this book, and allow your family to experience another facet of North Carolina. I am certain that by following in Adams' footsteps, they will be rewarded with an exceptionally good time. Even if you never visit any of the destinations in this book, simply reading it will provide you with a new appreciation for the Tar Heel State. And the photography-breathtakingly beautiful. North Carolina has never looked as good as through the lens of Kevin Adams. Arguably the best travel book on the state of North Carolina, Backroads of North Carolina: Your Guide to Great Day Trips and Weekend Getaways will provide exceptional destinations, sights, and experiences within the state.
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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.