Hello, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I am back to recapping our trip to North Carolina from last year. It was a while ago, but with March Madness nearing closer and closer, it has me reminiscing about our trip down South. In case you missed it, here's part one where I cover the main attraction: touring University of North Carolina.
Anytime we go anywhere, we always try to take in as much as possible. This was our first time in North Carolina and while Chapel Hill was our main destination, we really wanted to see as much of the surrounding area as possible. We visited Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Wilmington, and even Rock Hill, SC.
Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and one we were both really excited to visit. We were only there for a couple of days but we managed to see quite a bit. We went to the Levine Museum of the New South to get a taste of some of the area's history. We also had tickets to a Hornets game at the Time Warner Cable arena, which was right next to our hotel.
Mike's love for the Tar Heels grows more and more everyday but I managed to convince him to visit the Duke University in Durham. It was a struggle dragging him there, let me tell you. And I was legitimately worried that our car would get vandalized because of our UNC-related custom licence plate. The Duke campus was actually stunning (Mike disagrees) and reminded me of parts of my alma mater's campus. A visit to one rival's campus was already more than he wanted so I wasn't successful in seeing NC State or Wake Forest.
WilmingtonWilmington is a smaller city on the North Carolina coast and probably my favourite out of all the places we saw on our road trip. We were there on New Year's Day so everything was closed but we still explored a lot. Our first stop was Laney High School, where Michael Jordan attended. We even got to peek inside the gym! Jenelle Evans (Teen Mom) is also from the area but sadly, we didn't see either of them. But we did get to see a few palm trees! This was wildly exciting because we have to travel really far from Ontario to see them. At one point, I even Googled "Northernmost palm tree in America." I also really hoped to tour a true Southern mansion but sadly the Bellamy Mansion was closed. It was really beautiful from the outside though!
Just east of Wilmington is Wrightsville Beach. We didn't dip our toes in the Atlantic Ocean because, winter, but it was nice to spend a little bit of time hanging out on a beach. Again, not something we are overly familiar with in Ontario. Beach towns are so pretty and I would love to come back here in the summertime!
The last spot I will recap is Rock Hill, South Carolina. My birthday happened to fall on one of the days of our trip, and Mike promised that we could do absolutely anything I wanted that day. And because I'm all about YOLO, I wanted to visit South Carolina. Basically just so that we could say we stepped foot in another state. Rock Hill is the first city after the NC/SC border and didn't have much to see because it was raining, but being there was exciting enough. I would have pushed to drive even further to Columbia but we sadly didn't have enough time.
Mike and I hope to make it out to North Carolina again in the next year or two for some more UNC time (him) and explorations (me). If you're from the area, I would love to hear your recommendations on what we should do or see!