Transformational Experiences in North Carolina
North Carolina is a place to loosen up and explore no matter where your interest lies on. The states geographically ranges from mountains, towers, beaches, lake, lighthouse, island and bank out. Visitors can dive into some of the creative art work, museum and well beautified recreation park for pleasurable exploration. immensely we are happy to be your guide. here we will be sharing perfect destination that had transform the experience in North Carolina.
Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky may look like an enchanted hobbit home, but it is in fact the work of British artist Chris Drury who built the structure as a rustic camera obscura.
Located on the largest museum campus in the United States behind the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Cloud Chamber is a unique work that mixes fairy tale design with medieval technology to create one of the most unique spaces in the world. The low-lying hut is made of large, dry stone blocks in the shape of a rocky igloo with a lush, green turf sitting on top. There is a single wooden door leading into the chamber which becomes light-tight when the door is closed. The only illumination in the 14-foot diameter room comes from a small hole in the roof of the chamber which acts as a camera obscura, a medieval optics trick that ends up projecting a mirror image of the area on the lit side of the camera. Thus the interior of the cloud chamber has trees, clouds, and blue sky projected across the white cement walls.
A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you’ll feel enriched and energized the instant you’re warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. Raleigh’s bright minds head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.
Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of cutting-edge Southern cuisine enhanced by artisan craft brews and spirits. Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands, as well as rollicking bluegrass festivals and more. Discover gifts and treasures from local boutiques, including many handmade and custom designs for truly eclectic finds. And, join in broadening your horizons through an enticing array of visual and performing arts exhibitions.
Raleigh may be quiet about the fact that it’s leading in most recent quality-of-life rankings, but the fact is, you’ll enjoy visiting as much as people enjoy living here. Come see what the city will inspire in you. Its authenticity is homegrown by passionate locals, rooted in Raleigh.
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North Carolina’s state parks are Naturally Wonderful and also wonderfully diverse. The system stretches from the highest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge to Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the eastern U.S. Between these points, you’ll find mysterious bay lakes, wild swamps, rare sandhills, piedmont river systems and bold mountain streams. All state parks offer opportunities for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Most have campgrounds and many have modern visitor centers.
The parks system was begun in 1916 when a group of citizens sought to protect the summit of Mount Mitchell. It became the first state park in the Southeast and among the first in the nation. Many of the state parks were initiated by local citizens with a strong conservation ethic. This tradition of grassroots conservation in North Carolina is reflected in the state’s mandate that these precious natural resources be readily available to all citizens. No admission fees are charged at the state parks. (There is a modest parking fee charged at three state recreation areas.) Fees for services such as camping and picnic shelters are kept as reasonable as possible. There is also a conscious attempt to offer facilities and recreation opportunities in a low-impact manner that protects the land.
More than 19 million people visit the state parks each year. The state parks system employs about 480, and over 200 of those are park rangers and park superintendents who are commissioned law enforcement officers. Environmental education is also a hallmark of North Carolina state parks. Each park offers free interpretive programs by rangers on a regular basis that explore the marvels of that park’s resources. The system also has exhibit specialists, naturalists and interpretive specialists that expand opportunities for education.
Research and natural resource protection are other important facets of the state parks. There are biologists on staff and frequent joint projects with universities and conservation organizations that expand knowledge about conservation. The state parks system also manages several state natural areas. Many of these are representative samples of the state’s great diversity of resources and fragile ecological systems. Some of these state natural areas offer public facilities and interpretive programs. (Those are listed in our parks directory.)
In the mid 2000s, our founders were looking to launch a business with a vision of giving back to our local communities through outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship. They stumbled upon a network of zip line and aerial adventure courses in the UK and formed a partnership to bring the idea to the United States. Frederick, Maryland became home base for the team and their vision sprung to life with the very first Go Ape USA course in Rockville, Maryland.
Through partnerships with public parks across the country, our vision has become a reality. Every local community where you find a Go Ape Treetop Adventure and Treetop Journey, we give money back through a revenue share with our partners. Go Ape provides the capital investment, designs, builds and operates each course. Park and preserve partners pay nothing, but receive a percentage of each ticket sale to reinvest back into their local communities.
Flash forward to today, Go Ape Treetop Adventures can be found throughout the country in thirteen states (with more being added every year) and we have a thriving team of +200 rock stars. Since the very beginning, Go Ape has been focused on a mission: Inspire everyone to live life adventurously. And despite the rapid pace of change, all of us at Go Ape remain true to our original vision of giving back to our local communities.