|Levelers will like the gentle terrain around Fayetteville, NC.|
What are your interests? Patriots, the area's African-American or Gaelic history, adventure, antiquing, the Civil War, period architecture, historic markers, geo-caching, Lafayette, literature, transportation, arts and gardens, religious freedom or junque treasures? Each has its own trail described, pictured and mapped in a Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau publication.
|Fayetteville's namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette.|
|Browsing in the Livery.|
|The Constitution was signed here.|
|Airborne and Special Operations Museum.|
Patriots of many eras are honored at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum,
the only facility showing and telling the comprehensive history of the U.S. Army Airborne. Visiting it and the memorials and museums nearby will swell your admiration for our military and put more than a few lumps in your throat.
|"Iron Mike," everyone's favorite photo op site.|
Everything here has a meaning and a story we discovered during a tour from Paul Galloway, director of the foundation supporting the museum. The rocks around the "Iron Mike" statue outside are from Toccoa, GA, where the first airborne jump took place. Look for the family of rabbits that live there.
The facility itself opened August 18, 2006, anniversary of the test platoon, "the first fools to jump out of an aircraft." Inside, visitors find four full aircraft, a 509 Geronimo tank and hundreds of fascinating stories, including the true account of Black Hawk Down.
Tip: Don't go without trying the Pritzker Simulator 5-minute 12-second glider ride and jump that takes you through war experiences from from France to the Euphrates River.
North Carolina Veterans Park.
The memorials here are as engaging, creative and meaningful as any I have ever visited.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden, known for its native big leaf magnolias, yellow wood trees, loblolly pines and 175 different varieties of camellias blooming from 300 bushes.
Tip: This is a 2-hour experience that includes 15 tree platforms and traversing four spiral staircases and three sky bridges.
The Mash House Brewing Company with its local quaffs and wood-fired oven fare. It's worth seeking out the New Deli Restaurant - it is hidden in a medical and office complex - for its pizza, paninis, creative grilled sandwiches and signature desserts. The Scrub Oaks Restaurant is a good choice for upscale comfort food in an attractive suburban setting.