explorenc Photos & Videos

1 hour ago

Did you know we are a certified Raleigh Dart League location? Come by and play for free daily. Interested in learning? Ask any of our staff for a quick lesson! . . repost via @isaachunters

2 hours ago

Sea of Grass

3 hours ago

Wandering in the rain.

6 hours ago

My friends asked me to meet me on the deck to take out their boat... I told them I preferred O-Ku's patio for their sushi boat.... Executive chef Richard Fong prepped some amazing bites and sips and there is nothing like their patio in the heart of the warehouse district on the ground level of the Dillon. Here are the current weekly specials: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, guests can enjoy half-priced sushi rolls during Sushi Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, every Monday and Wednesday, O-Ku offers $3 off specialty cocktails and $5 sake on draft. Helllloooo my loves this is where you'll find me.  #RDUGems  • • • • • #collabraleigh #collabnc #explorenc #northcarolina #visitnc #rdu #raleighdurham #explorerdu #lifestyle #happiness #inspire #nc #ourstate #welovenc  #raleigheats #dtraleigh #raleigh #raleighnc #oku #okuraleigh #okusushi #downtownraleigh #warehousedistrict #thedillon #portraitmode #sushi #sushiboat #avocado #healthysummer

7 hours ago

Thanks to @east_tn_hillbilly * Just miles upstream from the famous 411ft Whitewater Falls, a rare slot canyon at the headwaters of the Whitewater River offers a unique and adventurous opportunity for hikers, kayakers, and thrill-seeking canyoneers. Slot canyons are rare on the east coast and are more common in the southwestern United States. The canyons are usually much deeper than they are wide, formed by rushing water forced through narrow rock passages, and can pose quite the threat during any flash flood event. This unique geographical feature found on the Whitewater River is approximately a quarter mile long and boasts four beautiful waterfalls within its borders: Entrance Falls, Sculpted Falls, Little Canyon Falls, and Exit Falls. Other beautiful waterfalls can be found above and below the canyon and are easily accessible via trail or bushwhack. Take extreme caution when visiting the slot canyon and take someone with you who knows the area if you choose to explore the area. Featured here is Sculpted Falls, located within the walls of the slot canyon. Sculpted Falls Nantahala National Forest Whitewater River Gorge Cashiers, NC * * * Photo selected by: @jeremyrobert_photos * * * #northcarolinaoutdoors #ncoutdoors #explorenc #ncnature #ncphotography #northcarolinanails #northcarolinabraider #northcarolinaweddings #landscapephotography #riverscape

8 hours ago

GIVEAWAY! 🎉 We're hooking one lucky winner up with a $100 gift card to one of the AMAZING and beautiful dining experiences in Durham, @parizade ! ⠀ ⠀ TO ENTER:⠀ 1- Be sure to like this photo⠀ 2- Follow us @bestofthebull & @parizade ⠀ 3- Tag at least 2 friends you would take to this gorgeous restaurant! (You can do separate comments for more entries)⠀ ⠀ That's it! Giveaway ends 6/21 at midnight. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram. Good luck! #bestofthebull

8 hours ago

Dupont State Forest stays so busy now, the only way to capture any of the waterfalls without people everywhere is to shoot early or late. I was here just a few minutes before dark last night. High Falls of Dupont Www.redrockphotonc.com #blueridgemountains #blueridgeparkway #brevardnc #dupontstateforest #nc #ncmountains #blueridgeoutdoors #ashevillenc #exploreavl #explorenc #explorecarolina #landscapephotography #art #photography #wncmountains #828isgreat #adventureasheville #hikenc #getoutdoors #landofwaterfalls #highfalls

8 hours ago

June is really flying by! Any fun summer trips or rides planned for the next couple of months? 🚲🌞🚲

9 hours ago

Another beautiful start to the week ☀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is anyone else a huge Wino like me? 🥂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to think I didn’t like wine until I was forced to try it constantly as a server and bartender...and now look at me!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Greg and I to get in some sunshine before the rain yesterday and we couldn’t think of a better way than trying out a few new wineries. 🍷 We took a scenic drive up the Parkway to @linvillefallswinery and @grandfather_vineyard. In between we stuffed our faces with a huge (and delicious!) lunch at the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill and walked around Banner Elk. 😋 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After a day of wine tastings and exploring, it was nice to watch a movie in bed and fall asleep to the sound of thunderstorms ⛈

9 hours ago

Hiking buddy for life. 💚✌ Click the link in bio to shop Bugs Be Gone + so many more organic + vegan aromatherapy remedies + goods! 🌼 Live pure. 🌿

10 hours ago

Met Bruce, who is part of a conservatory team that helps the Appalachian Trail, at the trailhead at Carver’s Gap. We hit it off instantly and I just enjoyed what felt like my own private tour with him just pouring knowledge of all the plants and history that are apart of the Appalachian Trail. Thanks Bruce! 👍🏻 The main flowers in these pictures are called flaming azaleas. The first picture you see is us looking at the geological markings of where marks were left from rock breaking off of each other many many years ago. . . . . . . #appalachiantrail #appalachianmountains #roanmountain #blueridgemoments #getoutandhike #ncoutdoors #northcarolinamountains #blueridgemountains #carversgap #conservancy #gohike #hikemore #idhikethat #flamingazaleas #ncmountains #northcarolinaoutdoors #explorenc #explorecarolina

10 hours ago

Really grateful this exists and grateful I live close enough to enjoy it.

11 hours ago

I think we make the best team. Comment below with your favorite duo!

11 hours ago

Remember that there’s so much beauty in the little things. Like the way the sun sets in the afternoons and you see an beautiful glowing light. Or the way you brew coffee in the morning and cuddle up in bed. Or feeling so powerful and divine from yoga. Or the way the crickets chirp at night. Or summer rain after it’s been hot and dry for so long. There’s so many little things in life that are just so beautiful. And there is so much beauty in this world and many don’t realize it. It’s really the simple things in life that add to our happiness.

11 hours ago

In our line of work, we’ve always needed a good, reliable vehicle to go wherever the road (or trail) takes us. This workhorse is loaded and ready for our summer photo and video shoots!

13 hours ago

When the rain really picked up around Rough Ridge, I decided to start making my way to Boone. On the way, I stopped by these trees, which have been on my list for a while. I call them Tommy's Trees in honor of @tommytwhite. While I was setting up my shot, a guy on a motorcycle rode by and slowed down just long enough to shout, "Nice trees!" Indeed. #tree_magic #blueridgeparkway #blueridgemountains #nationalpark #nationalparks #findyourpark #americasbestidea #blueridgemoments #ncoutdoor_inc #828isgreat #landscapephotography #explorecarolina #explorenc #optoutside #visitNC #ashevilletrails #romanticasheville #scenicNC #landscapelovers #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #exploreboone #wnc #booneview #naturalnorthcarolina #usinterior #photooftheday #moodygram #appalachian_explorers @blowingrocknc

14 hours ago

you’re allowed to outgrow your old self. don’t let anyone shake you for changing and taking on a new shape. ⠀ growth looks different for everyone. ⠀ — @alex_elle ⠀ Grateful for all the friends, old and new, who have embraced my “new shape” with open arms. Time to explore and make memories with some people I love very damn much. 💛 ⠀ 📸: @asana_al

14 hours ago

I got a really bad cold this weekend. After loading myself with every vitamin/cold medicine in my house I thought it would be a good idea to drive along the blue ridge parkway. // Long story short...the medicine wore off after awhile. It took me hours to get home bc I had to keep stopping to rest. I kept thinking “I am absolutely miserable, but geeze if this isn’t the most beautiful view and the most beautiful day!”

15 hours ago

¡swipe! Brown floating lights throughout this gorge have been witnessed by many and recently captured by Appalachian State University. Found on YouTube, their videos have given new life to the local folklore surrounding these mysterious floating lights and a surge of spectators lingering at vistas past dark. By word of mouth on the trails, I've gathered that most believe them to be spirits of tortured Native Americans. In US history, the natives were exiled and subjects of mass genocide by the settlers. Linville Gorge has been said to be the last stronghold natives held before they were forced into reservations. It was also said that the gorge itself was named after the last white man to be scalped by Native Americans. A number of people claim this wilderness area possess strong spiritual forces, attributed to the volatile events that took place here. The scientific theory attributes the lights to pockets of gas, rising from the valley bed, refracting light. All of this has been trail talk, so please feel free to add any additional information in the comments. Have you seen them? Where are the best places the phenomenon can be seen? Do you know more history of the place?

15 hours ago

June in NC is typically known for being hot and humid, but this past weekend it was completely opposite as the wind picked up and the temps dipped near the 30s. It was all worth it as I unzipped my tent and sat in the door way watching this spectacular sunrise unfold!

16 hours ago

Passing out Free Showers Today!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Soap sniff party @ Avon Farmers Market, Every Tuesday, 9a-1p, across from Koru Spa in Avon, NC. Farm food, great vendors...and the best soap in the WORLD...hee hee hee! No seriously, we make awesome soap & green living products!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photo cred: @slewis60 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ocracoke #ocracokenc #ocracokeisland #outerbanks #nccoast #obx #outerbanksnc #visitnc #visitocracokenc #ncbeaches #explorenc #welovenc #northcarolina #coastalliving #nationalseashore saltair #saltyair #beachtherapy #sandinmytoes #oceanair # beachbums #beachdays #beachfun #avonnc #avonfarmersmarket #koruspa #buylocal #summerfun

16 hours ago

“Let go of your umbrella, darlin' I'm just tryin' to tell ya That there's always been a 🌈 hangin' over your head Yeah there's always been a 🌈 hangin' over your head It all be alright” Kacey Musgraves • Is it really summer if you don’t own a romper? Add this rainbow of color to your closet today! Sizes S-L, $42!

16 hours ago

Mountain views for Tues

17 hours ago

I got lucky with this one. It was raining pretty steadily so I didn’t want to set up the tri pod. So I sat in the truck with the window down hoping it might work. 1 second exposure if that tells you how quick things happen. • . . Check out www.tricsawphotography.com for purchasing prints. • . . #scenicnc #lightningstrike #theoutbound #lightning #ncmountains #ncoutdoors #explorecarolina #discover_carolinas #explorenc #myblueridge #blueridgemoments #scenicnc #blueridgemountains #stzlife #stayoutside #greettheoutdoors #itsamazingoutthere #naturephotography #canonphotography #staywild #ourplantetdaily #natgeolandscape #earthoffical #alwaysgo #planetearth #storm

23 hours ago

The Robbins family is on a mission to complete the North Carolina State Parks Passport in 2019. Follow along with their journey this year and see some of the most amazing parts of our great state of North Carolina.  . We're currently at 25/41 - videos are in edit! . Subscribe and follow along with our journey @parkschallenge  . . . . . . #ncstateparks #ncstateparkspassport #ncstateparkpassport #nc #adventure #northcarolina #visitnc #explorenc #explorecarolina #naturenc #lifeofadventure

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WHERE is your fave destination to take a Day Trip? For a memorable family getaway from Raleigh, NC, we ❤ Wilmington's River District & Island Beaches. @wilmingtoncoast Besides being an easy, 2 hr + drive, it is a cool place that has historic Southern charm and a beach life vibe! -------------------------- We have been coming here at least once a year ever since our daughter was 4, but not matter how many times we visit, it is always a good idea to stop by to see what's new and get information on fun things to do at The Riverfront Booth, which is located at the foot of Market Street and Water Street and operates on a seasonal schedule; daily, 9:30am-5pm (June-Aug.). -------------- Watch for highlights from our fun day on my instastories exploring #WilmingtonNC , enjoying the walkable River District, visiting @ncaquariumff 🐠, playing on Pleasure Island [Kure/Carolina Beach], dining at @michaelsseafood and more! Plus stay tuned for my #familyfun #DayTrip itinerary on the blog, SobeSavvy.com! #visitNC #exploreNC