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Request the New 2008 North Carolina Travel Guide


Raleigh, N.C. (Jan. 4, 2008) The official 2008 North Carolina Travel Guide is now available and is free of charge to those planning a trip to North Carolina. Visitors who request the guide at through Jan. 31 will be automatically entered to win a getaway to Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, home of America’s best beach!

Go to to register to win.

The package includes:

•    Ocracoke Island Realty: Four days, three nights stay at the “Beach Therapy” a restful two bedroom, two-bath home that sleeps four on Sunset Drive in the village of Ocracoke.
•    Beach Outfitters: Use of two bikes and two beach chairs for duration of your visit.
•    Mermaid’s Folly: Two T-shirts.
•    Howard’s Pub: $50 gift certificate for lunch or dinner and a #1 Beach T-shirt.
•    Zillie’s Island Pantry: An in-room gift basket filled with gourmet foods and non-alcoholic drinks.
•    Captain’s Cargo: One $50 gift certificate good for an array of gifts, ornaments and home decor infused with coastal art and crafts.
•    “An Insider’s Walking Tour of Ocracoke Village:” Ocracoke native Philip Howard (descendant of the pirate Blackbeard’s quartermaster and the last colonial owner of Ocracoke) will give a personalized history tour for two persons.

(Please go to for official rules.)

The 2008 North Carolina Travel Guide’s cover highlights the charming village of Ocracoke, nestled at the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Ocracoke’s Lifeguarded Beach was named America’s Best Beach by noted beach expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, who is also known as Dr. Beach. Ocracoke is known for clean water, golden sand and unspoiled beauty. At 16 miles long and a half-mile wide, the island is a sun-swept wilderness, once a haunt of Blackbeard the Pirate and the place where he met his demise.

This year’s Travel Guide has been totally redesigned to highlight the most popular experiences visitors to the state are seeking. From intergenerational vacations to adventures in the great outdoors, the 2008 North Carolina Travel Guide captures the spirit of vacationing in the Old North State. Other themes include nightlife, educational vacations, food and wine hotspots, Girlfriends getaways, a focus on the need for speed and the state’s cultural pearls. The Guide has information on more than 650 attractions and things to do and nearly 4,000 accommodations, and for the first time ever, it includes a pull-out map. An online guide will also be available at (click on “view online travel guide” on the left-hand side of the main page). The virtual guide features video clips of exciting North Carolina travel experiences.

“The Travel Guide is an essential tool for travelers who have an interest in visiting North Carolina,” said Lynn Minges, executive director of the North Carolina Commerce Department’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.  “And with its new design it will offer visitors more than just information, it will transport them to the state and showcase the experiences that are available for their North Carolina vacation.”

Natural scenic beauty, adventure and relaxation, a dining experience for every taste, rich history and warm Southern hospitality come together in North Carolina. Call 1-800-VISIT NC or go to to plan your next getaway.


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