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If you’ve just moved to North Carolina—or know someone who needs a good list to get better acquainted with all that the state has to offer—check out these three must-see spots for young North Carolina newbies.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

You’re in NASCAR country —why fight it? It’s more than racing around in a circle; the backstory about how racing legends like Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt got started can be found at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte or other local museums in Cabarrus County. Newbies to racing may want to start with a zMax Dragway, fast action on a four-lane quarter-mile long drag strip. 

Look for NASCAR’s annual events such as the Bank of America Roval 400 in October and the Coca-Cola 600 in May. You can also sign up for one of the daily behind-the-scenes tours at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. 5555 Concord Parkway, Concord

Potters of Seagrove


More than 80 potters live and work in Seagrove, a small town in the heart of North Carolina and known as the pottery capital of the U.S. 

Meet the potters and see them in action at special events such as the twice-annual Tea with Seagrove Potters in March and August and Potters’ Pumpkin Patch on Saturdays this October. For a history lesson, stop at the NC Pottery Center. 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

Bird Island

For more than 40 years, people have been visiting a mailbox set in the dunes of Bird Island, a one-mile walk on the beach. Read the dreams, love notes, and personal stories filling the notebooks sitting inside the mailbox. Add your own tale—anything you want to send into the universe. Nicholas Spark fans will appreciate the mailbox’s connection to his novel, “Every Breath.” Park at the far end of Sunset Beach and take the beach entrance to Kindred Mailbox, about a mile walk.

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