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Safe Exit

They are the overlooked amenities on our state’s highways: 60 state-run rest areas placed for travelers’ convenience and designed to appease road fatigue. For some people, it may be their only introduction to North Carolina. So we want these places to be nice.
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Tales of the Fourth-Grade Field Trip

Each year, our state’s fourth graders examine North Carolina’s history for a state-mandated project. But one mother found plenty for the family to learn, too.
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Scenes from 64

Landscape artist Chris Wilson has taken on a mighty big project: He’s producing 100 large-scale oil paintings of scenes along the 563 miles of the U.S. Highway 64 corridor.
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Field Trip Memories

Do you remember the joy of leaving school to discover a new place? Our State staff shares some of their favorite school field trip memories. Share yours with us, too!
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Barbara McKenzie Pianist

Musical Missionary

A classically trained pianist who has toured the world brings quality music to our coastal cities.
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Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium

Explore all of the state’s aquatic life, from the mountains to the coast.
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The Prize Inside

If you open this peanut bar from Warsaw, you won’t be disappointed.
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The Birdman

Birds of many feathers flock to Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Halifax County. They come because one man, Mike Lubbock, brings them here for one reason: his unwavering love.
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Mount Olive

When your hometown is famous for its namesake pickle company, you don’t mind saying you grew up across the street from a pickle plant.
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Grady’s Barbecue

Eating barbecue at this Dudley restaurant is simple, but running the place requires some sacrifices.
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