We depart Knoxville traveling via Asheville to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for an included lunch at one of the local restaurants. We continue to Williamston, North Carolina for our first overnight. Williamston is is a beautiful small town located in rural northeastern North Carolina on the banks of the Roanoke River.
It’s a short drive northeast through Windsor to Historic Edenton, on the North Carolina Inner Banks on Edenton Bay at the head of Albemarle Sound. Edenton retains an extensive historic district with a wonderful assemblage of 18th, 19th, and early-20th-century buildings. After a photo stop at the The Roanoke River Light a historic, decommissioned lighthouse, located on Edenton water-front, we continue to Grandy, North Carolina to tour the Weeping Radish Brewery. The tour is normally given by Uli, the owner, starting with the history of N.C.’s oldest brewery and the evolution over the last 30 years from Reinheitsgebot Beer to Reinheitsgebot food. Lunch is included at their Pub Restaurant. We will continue to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a two night stay. Dinner is included this evening.
This morning as we travel through the windswept dunes, we come to the Kill Devil Hills area and Kitty Hawk for a visit to the historic homeof modern flight-the Wright Brothers Memorial. During your visit youcan walk to the First Flight Boulder and Flight Line which marks thelocation where the brothers first flew, peer into the reconstructed Wrightbrothers’ camp building and hangar, visit the 1903 Bronze Sculpture of the First Flight featuring a life size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer, and walk to the top of Big Kill Devil Hill to the base of the Wright Monument. Marvel at the towering mountains of sand which form the hang-gliding Mecca of Jockey’s Ridge. At Roanoke Island we will visit Fort Raleigh National Historic site and Elizabethan Gardens. At Manteo we will tour the Elizabeth II, a reproduction of a 16th-century sailing ship. Dinner is included this evening before seeing America’s #1 outdoor drama, The Lost Colony at Waterside Theatre in Manteo on Roanoke Island. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green’s, The Lost Colony tells the story of the events leading to the disappearance of the English colonists who settled here over 400 years ago.
Today, on our way to Cape Hatteras, we make a stop at Bodie Island Light House, south of the town of Nags Head. An extensive restoration project has recently been completed to ensure that future generations will not only be able to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse, but continue to climb the 214 steps to the top. Our journey continues along the shoreline to the most famous lighthouse in America and tallest such structure in the United States. Built in 1870 and standing 208 feet tall, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse continues to stand guard over the “graveyard of the Atlantic”. Following the move, it was at the same distance from the ocean at high tide as it was when built. At Hatteras we ferry to Ocracoke Island where we enjoy a box lunch and make a photo stop at the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse before boarding the ferry to Cedar Island. It’s a short drive to Morehead City, NC for our next overnight stop.
This morning we continue along Carolina’s Crystal Coast and Bogue Sound, serving as a popular portion of the Intracoastal Waterway that cruises through this coastal Carolina region. The Bogue Sound is argu- ably the most popular – and the most visited – sound along the entirety of the Crystal Coast. Our next stop is the Wilmington area for an eight mile trolley tour of Wilmington’s beautiful mansions, museums, birthplace of famous natives, and Civil War shipyards. After your tour, grab a bite and enjoy some shopping along the water at Wilmington’s Riverwalk. This nearly two-mile boardwalk runs along the scenic Cape Fear River and is lined with independently owned shops and waterfront restaurants. We continue to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a two night oceanfront stay in one of their beach hotels. In the evening we will enjoy dinner and the Carolina Opry. Tomorrow rest and relax on the beach or if you prefer, we will take you shopping by mid-morning and return to the hotel for relaxing before our included dinner. After dinner we will see the show at the Alabama Theatre.
We depart Myrtle Beach this morning for our final day of travel arriving in Knoxville by late afternoon ending another delightful tour with Knoxville Tours.