2014 Travel Guide


From one end to the other, North Carolina is about as diverse as any state in the nation. We've got hard gemstones in the west, soft crabs on the coast and red clay in the middle. The tobacco we grow in the mountains is different than what we grow in the east. What we live in, how we drive, what we eat and how we talk varies from one region to another.

Our annual Touchstone Energy Travel Guide encourages you to experience this variety firsthand.

This year, we offer you six guides to Carolina Country Adventures. Learn about our aviation history, famous North Carolinians, animal parks, African-American heritage, new state parks, and birds that fly everywhere. The adventures may be familiar to you, or they may not. In any case, each holds the promise for a lot of travel fun.

As you make your way through this guide and through the countryside, you can be assured that a Touchstone Energy cooperative is nearby.

Where the wild things are

Get up close to animals in the Piedmont and the mountains

Fly zones

Aviation enthusiasts will find lots to explore in North Carolina

Heritage with a heart

New trails link African-American history and culture

Famous North Carolinians

Museums showcase folks who made good

Free as a bird

Help yourself to North Carolina’s heavenly host

More jewels for the crown

Since 2000, North Carolina has added 8 places to the state park system