This museum will appeal to young and old alike! This museum traces the natural history of North Carolina, from the dinosaurs to the present day. You can see live butterflies, the impressive skeleton of a whale, as well as deer and other animals that live in this state. Temporary exhibitions and special theme days are held regularly. The museum is home to nearly 2 million specimens divided into three sections: Zoology, Geology and Paleontology.
The stadium of the University of Chapel Hill is the home of the Tar Heels. A trip to the United States would not be complete without a visiting a football game. The fervor, the atmosphere, the colors and the famous cheerleaders create an incredible atmosphere! We didn't always understand the rules, but we were carried away by the mood. And imagine a university stadium that can accommodate 60,000 people! In the gift shop (above the cafeteria) you can buy official merchandise like t-shirts and sweatshirts.
This statue of a bull is located at Plaza del Teniente Arce, just behind the Plaza de Toros (bullring). It was made by the sculptor Nacho Martín and opened in 2005 as a tribute to the city of Ronda, home of the Fighting Bull. The commemorative plaque describes it as "pillar of the party, the culture and history of a town".
The Chocolate Fetish located in downtown Asheville creates and sells handmade artisan chocolates. The Chocolate Fetish opened in 1986, and since then have won numerous awards and accolades. The chocolate creations at the Chocolate Fetish are creative twists on traditional favorites. They sell creations such as chocolate dipped fruits, chocolate bars and truffles such as, Key Lime Pie, Jewel of India (which has coconut and curry), Pumpkin Pie, and Chai Moon (which is a Chai Tea spiced white chocolate). Do you love shoes? They also sell chocolate high heels and cowboy boots. Each chocolate creation is displayed like a jewel in glass cases and your selected chocolates are put on gold-toned plates.
People from around the country visit Asheville to experience the creative art scene. One of the galleries to visit in Asheville is ZaPow, which specifically displays illustrations and pop culture art. ZaPow, located in downtown Asheville, displays art from both local and artists from elsewhere in the U.S., and you can even apply to show your work in the gallery. At ZaPow you can enjoy the gallery for free, or can purchase originals, art prints, or products such as screen-printed scarves, shirts, or bags. Many of the original pieces are very affordable. I really enjoyed browsing the creative illustrations at the ZaPow and was surprised by the casual and fun atmosphere.
You can learn a little more about the history of North Carolina in this museum. You can see the reconstruction of a drug store from the 20's, exhibitions explaining George Washington's connection to the state, clothes and objects of all kinds, with several sections aimed at children.
The mansion of the governor of North Carolina is found here in Raleigh. Built in 1891, this large Victorian house has been home to many governors. Beverly Perdue currently lives here, and the ground floor of the mansion is open for tours, with several interesting historical objects on display.
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is a Roman Catholic Church located in downtown Asheville. This church was designated a Basilica in 1993 because it has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. The brick façade and dark colored domes of the basilica are stunning, but the intricate tiling on the inside is more magnificent. The basilica was built by the Spanish architect, Rafael Guastavino, who also designed several other buildings throughout the United States. After Guastavino completed his work on the Biltmore Estate, he designed and built the Basilica of St. Lawrence in 1905. Upon his death, Guastavino was buried in the crypts below the Basilica.
The Grove Arcade in located on Battery Hill in downtown Asheville, North Carolina was built in 1929 by E.W. Grove. When the Arcade opened in 1929 it held numerous shops and offices, just as it does today. When I visited Asheville I went to the Grove Arcade early in the morning as the shops were opening up. It was really nice to beat the crowds and enjoy the gorgeous interior architecture. The shops and restaurants inside of the Grove Arcade really showed off the uniqueness of Asheville. For example, you can find handicrafts and art at Alexander & Lehnert, Mountain Made, and Asheville NC Homecrafts, bathe and beauty items at Bath Junkie and Makeup at the Grove Arcade.
The Park Museum covers 164 acres of fields woods and streams. It presents a unique setting for exploring the intersection between art and nature.You can encounter artwork while bicycling, walking dogs, or wandering the scenic roads. You can picnic near the imposing and spinning artworks, or run through the wooded trails. You can see the sights with trailside signals about the art, plants, animals and ecology.
The Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee was located in the foothills of the lush Smoky Mountains. Our guided tour of the living museum began with some young Cherokee people doing some local dances. Then our large group was split up and guided by the same people who just danced for us. My group leader was incredibly nice and knowledgeable about the different exhibits that we viewed. In the exhibits we could talk to elders who were in the process of making different handicrafts such as pottery, carving, or basketry. Though I enjoyed the tour and our tour guide, I felt uncomfortable by this whole experience because I felt like it was almost a zoo or museum with living people on display.
Richland Creek Greenway is a footpath that runs around a golf course. It's ideal for running, cycling or simply strolling about. It's lined with many trees and is easy to see squirrels and birds along the way.
The Cherokee Museum is located across the street from Qualla Arts and Crafts in rural Cherokee, North Carolina. You begin your self-guided tour through the museum with a short video of that depicts a mythological story about their ancestor spider and the capturing of fire. Then you continue your self-guided tour with exhibits meant to teach you about the Cherokee culture and history. The museum is only okay. Some of the exhibits are not that well maintained and the rooms were rather dark, which made it difficult to read the information. Also, the museum staff was not prepared for our pre-scheduled larger group.