NCDOT Wildflower Program

When we were on our big road trip this summer, we were surprised at all of the beautiful flowers we saw all over the interstates in North Carolina.  The flowers are everywhere and are an amazing array of colors against your typical green surroundings.  Every corner we turned, my daughter would shout out which color flower she could see!  I noticed a sign at one of the rest stops with some information about the wildflowers so I did a little bit more research at home and found that there is an actual Wildflower Program through the North Carolina Department of Transportation that began in 1985.  The flowerbeds are installed and maintained by Roadside Environmental personnel and make for a beautiful drive through the state.  At the NCDOT, you can download a booklet that helps you identify the flowers you will see.

These pictures were taken on the side of the road at a rest area.

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And of course, Little S ha to have a picture in front of the flowers!

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Whiteside Mountain – North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina is known for its beautiful hiking. There are hikes of all lengths and levels. We traveled to the Cashiers area and spent four amazing days relaxing, hiking to waterfalls, and touring the Biltmore grounds. One of my favorite parts of the trip was our Whiteside Mountain hike. If you love to get out in nature and go hiking with your kids, Whiteside Mountain is perfect. We did not have kids yet, but we were traveling with friends who had a 3yo and an infant. Whiteside Mountain is a 2 mile hike that the website lists as moderate. If you are an avid hiker, this will be a nice and easy walk for you. Some spots might be challenging for those who do not hike often. The 3yo that we were hiking with walked almost the entire hike on his own. Our friends carried their infant in a front carrier.

The kids will love the many waterfalls that are found all over Cashiers and Highlands as well. Dry Falls is a great waterfall to see because it is easily accessible for families and part of the path goes behind the waterfall. The children will also like riding in the car as you drive under Bridal Veil Falls.

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Highlands Family Travel Tips