One of Statesville's most treasured traditions, the Carolina BalloonFest, runs from Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16. (Image via Carolina BalloonFest)
5 Things to Know About the Carolina BalloonFest

Float free at the three-day hot air balloon festival, which runs from Friday through Sunday in Statesville

North Carolina has no shortage of locally-owned farms where you can pick your own pumpkins this fall. (Shutterstock)
10 Locally-Owned North Carolina Farms to Pick Your Own Pumpkins This Fall

These family-friendly North Carolina farms might sell you a pumpkin, offer a hayride, or scare you so much you pee your pants this Halloween (if you’re into that sort of thing). 

Yum! The Venus fly trap, a native of Wilmington, does its thing with a common house fly. (Shutterstock)
Ghosts, Gnomes, and Carnivorous Plants: 8 Spots To Get Weird in Wilmington

North Carolina's eccentric port city is a destination, and not just because lots of TV shows were filmed there.