Tourism en The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:11:14 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31933 at The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built Shutdown Slams North Carolina Tourism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font size="2"><span>Just because you don&rsquo;t work for the federal government does not mean you are immune from the effects of the shutdown. </span></font></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:57:02 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23489 at Shutdown Slams North Carolina Tourism The Shutdown's Reach Into North Carolina <p></p><p>Thousands of federal employees in North Carolina are at home today after the government entered a partial shutdown.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:35:59 +0000 Will Michaels 23430 at The Shutdown's Reach Into North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences Is New State Tourism Champ <p>A research firm says the <a href="">North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences</a> was the most visited of the state’s museums and historic attractions last year.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s the first time in nine years that <a href="">Biltmore Estate</a> has not topped the list.&nbsp; Mathews-based Carolina Publishing Associates compiled the numbers.&nbsp; The firm says 1,220,814 people visited the museum in 2012.&nbsp; Biltmore attracted 1,123,144 visitors.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:18:13 +0000 Gurnal Scott 11467 at Museum Of Natural Sciences Is New State Tourism Champ OBX Sees Record Number of Turtles AND Tourist Revenue <p>Dare County brought in a record amount of occupancy taxes in 2012 while a record number of sea turtles nested on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.&nbsp; Numbers from the Outer Banks Visitors' Bureau show Dare County collected $382 million in occupancy taxes through November of 2012 compared to $367 million during the same period the year before.&nbsp; The county levies the tax on hotels, motels and beach houses.&nbsp; At the same time, park rangers reported a record 222 sea turtle nests in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:57:46 +0000 Will Michaels 8426 at Spectacular Leaf-Peeping Season Predicted <p>With summer drawing to a close, thoughts turn to fall...and the tradition of leaf-peeping in Western North Carolina. While much of the country has been in drought, North Carolina has gotten plenty of rain in recent months...and that means the foliage this year could be particularly spectacular. Pamela McCown is coordinator for the <span class="link-external"><a href="">Institute for Climate Education</a></span> at A-B Tech in Asheville. She says rainfall is the most important factor in predicting a good year for fall foliage.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2060 at Spectacular Leaf-Peeping Season Predicted