National North Carolina Day is this weekend (September 28th ) and recognizes the 12th state joining the Union. Blue Ridge Chair Works is based in Western North Carolina with many of the chairs and tables inspired by North Carolina surroundings, from the Outer Banks Chair to the Pisgah Forest Folding Table. North Carolina is filled with beauty from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the beach town of Kitty Hawk - celebrate our state this weekend with some of these fun ideas to learn more and explore the lands around us.
1) North Carolina Museum of History
Explore downtown Raleigh and swing by the North Carolina Museum of History. Admission is free and exhibits change all the time to keep you coming back! As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum fosters a passion for North Carolina history, with more than 14,000 years to learn about and explore, from the state’s earliest inhabitants through the 21st century. Learn more about the story of North Carolina and the history your state holds! Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
2) Mountains to Sea Trail
Up for a fall adventure? With the leaves changing in the mountains this is the perfect weekend to explore parts of the Mountains to Sea Trail. This footpath stretches almost 1,200 miles across North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Whether you make the ultimate pilgrimage across the state or enjoy a nice day hike on a trail near you this trail has something for everyone. Plan your hike here.
3) North Carolina Museum of Art
If reading a bunch of history doesn’t suit you, try enjoying some works of art instead! The North Carolina Museum of Art is in Raleigh, NC and has rotating exhibits to keep you coming back. From Art-Inspired Yoga in the Galleries to the Wakanda Forever! Black Panther Movie Party there is something for everyone at this Museum. Check their event calendar for a family fun activity.
4) Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s favorite drive. From waterfalls to high peaks you can drive for days or plan out a section for a fun day trip. Cycling is also a great way to see the views with plenty of pull-off spots for a quick rest. You can find designated camping spots on the route, or reserve your stay at a lodge such as the Pisgah Inn. Fall does tend to get crowded as it is leaf season, so be sure you head out early and plan out your adventure route.
5) Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers were the first people to successfully fly an airplane, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial pays homage to this feat. The memorial showcases the exact places where the brothers' first airplanes took off and landed, and there are also several reconstructed buildings designed to show what their working conditions were like. The Museum also features a replica of the wind tunnel that the Wright brothers used during their early experiments, along with interpretive displays and exhibits placed throughout the museum. The educational programs and workshops are perfect for the whole family!
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Blue Ridge Chair Works was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and continues to grow throughout the United States - and the world! All products manufactured are created with two goals in mind, sustainability and comfort. With a love for kayaking and rafting the local brand has everything you need for patio, traveling and outdoor life! On #NorthCarolinaDay and throughout the rest of the year try and practice the shop local mentality and keep all purchases local!