Travelers in search of unique experiences can find fresh inspiration in a new postcard-style feature from VisitNC.com, North Carolina’s official travel website.
With evocative photos and text, the state travel office captures 543 experiences that can be found only in North Carolina. The number 543 represents the driving distance between Manteo on the coast and Murphy in the mountains, the state’s alliterative (though not actual) east-west bookends.
“Project 543 uses unique experiences to reflect what people love about North Carolina,” said Lynn Minges, the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Assistant Secretary of Tourism, Marketing and Global Branding. “We don’t just talk the talk about jaw-dropping scenery, outdoor adventures and intriguing history. We give you wild mustangs on Shackleford Banks, mountain biking at the East’s highest ski area and the nation’s largest natural habitat zoo.”
Each week new entries will be added to the collection, which now showcases about a dozen attractions and events with direct links to the destinations. Readers can comment on items and repost them through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media.
“Project 543 will inspire travelers from Manteo to Murphy and beyond to explore one-of-a-kind places - a winery in an old jail, golf games to brag about, a burial ground that will haunt you and a furniture market that will amaze you,” Minges said. “It’s a site to visit again and again, just like North Carolina.”
The collection can be accessed at VisitNC.com/project543.