10 Best Fall Hikes in North Carolina

It’s no secret: North Carolina has some of the best hiking on the East Coast. From majestic mountains to dramatic waterfalls to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina is a hiker’s dream. So it should come as no surprise that some of the nation’s best Fall Hikes can also be found in this Appalachian state.

For inspiration on the Best Fall Hikes in North Carolina, check out this list of 10 incredible hiking spots to hit this autumn:

1. Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Fall Hikes in North Carolina

Trover photo by Pon Xayavong

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State Fairs: 7 Festivals of Food and Fun

Nothing says old fashioned fun like a state fair. Started in the United States during 19th century to showcase agricultural achievements, the first state fair was held in 1841 in Syracuse, New York. Today’s state fairs include rides and amusements along with music and entertainment. The other great activity at a state fair? Food of course! Here are Trover’s blue ribbon picks for some of the best state fairs in the US:

1. Washington State Fair

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Photo by Quinton Doroquez.

2. South Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Elza Hayen.

3. Minnesota State Fair

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Photo by Angelica B.

4. Utah State Fair

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Photo by Ryan Miller.

5. Iowa State Fair

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Photo by Jumpseat Explorer.

6. Texas State Fair

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Photo by Brittany Willis.

7. North Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Niko Batista.

Feeling festive? More choices for celebrating here. 

We have more festivals to see here and check out this list from our very own Julia here.  And as always, come on over to Trover.com to share your awesome travel photos.

Breweries: 9 Outstanding Brewpubs

Beer is recognized as one of the world’s oldest beverages. Starting with the cultivation of cereals, breweries and beer have been part of the world’s cultures and social gatherings for thousands of years. In fact, rules for brewing beer are part of the 2000 year old Babylonian Code of Hammurabi: one of the oldest written set of laws ever discovered. Today, the world’s oldest operating brewery is the Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, run by Benedictine monks since 720.

To celebrate this important part of the human experience, we at Trover have selected a few choice spots in the United States for you to celebrate. Each brewery has a unique approach that highlights the rich cultural heritage and delicious tastes of craft beer. Take a look at the below brewpubs that are located from Tampa to Tempe. Bottoms up!

1. Goose Island, Chicago, IL

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Photo by Barney Harford.

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15 Best Fall Road Trips in the U.S.

Fall is the perfect time for a road trip. Not only do fall road trips offer relief from the heat and tourists of summer, but in many places they offer a breathtaking look at the foliage of changing seasons, just before the cold of winter sets in.

If you like crisp air, colorful fall leaves, and driving on scenic routes past mountains, forests, rivers and farms, you will love this list of the 15 Best Fall Road Trips in the U.S.:

1. See the famous Aspen groves in Telluride, Colorado

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Trover photo by Peyton Hale

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Best Secret Swimming Holes in North America

Henry James said, “’Summer afternoonsummer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Here at Trover we have searched for the best places to cool off for a summer afternoon and created a list of the most secret swimming holes so you can escape your cube and practice your back flip in private. Check out our favorite spots to cool off as we enter the second half of summer.

Looking Glass Falls, Transylvania County, North Carolina

Follow the path from the popular waterfall to the much quieter plunge pool.

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Photo by Hayley Lundgren.

Jacob’s Well, Hays County, Texas

A karstic spring explored and mapped by some very brave cave divers.

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Photo by Stephen Leonardi.

Camp Orr, Newton County, Arkansas

Twin Falls offers a refreshing spot to cool off in the hot Arkansas summers.

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Photo by Jeremy Nguyen.

Bruce Peninsula State Park, Ontario

The Grotto is a gorgeous spot in Ontario for swimming with cool clear water for swimming and splashing.

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Photo by Ai Long.

Hamilton Pool, Travis County, Texas

Popular with Austin visitors and locals for cooling off in the strong Texas summer heat.

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Photo by wonders of back roads.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai

Located near Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, this is the former swimming hole of Hawaiian royalty.

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Photo by MapNomads.

Need more ideas for fun escapes? Check out our Epic Roadtrip photos here. Find more places to make a splash on Trover.com.