The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.
The routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternates to the faster-pace and commercial areas found along the state's major highways and interstates.
Travelers can really get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes and sounds in the Coastal Plain.
Cape Fear Historic Byway
Experience history along one of North Carolina's and the nation’s most scenic urban downtowns.
Travel beside the Cape Fear River and view colonial architecture while riding on oyster shell streets. Enjoy the exclusive residential area that comprises the heart of Wilmington's National Historic District, and a little farther along the byway circle, visit Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens, which is known for its amazing display of azaleas.
Speaking of Azaleas, the 70th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival occurs April 5-9, 2017. This five-day celebration of spring, held in the "Port City," is filled with entertainment and activities for everyone. You may even see Wilmington's finest 'Azalea Belles' styling hoop-skirted antebellum dresses, if you take the garden tour.
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