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If you notice a lot of Canadians in North Carolina in 2018, this may be why

NC Vacations: Hatteras Island

VIDEO: Experience the untamed environment along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Climb a lighthouse, charter a deep sea fishing trip, or just relax on unspoiled beaches.
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VIDEO: Experience the untamed environment along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Climb a lighthouse, charter a deep sea fishing trip, or just relax on unspoiled beaches.

North Carolina is one of the hottest travel destinations in the entire world. At least that’s some of the latest talk out of Canada.

That’s quite the turnaround for an outsider’s perspective of a state where tourism wavered over the House Bill 2 “bathroom bill” in 2016.

Flight Centre Canada named North Carolina in a November blog on its top 10 places worldwide to visit in 2018. The hot travel spots – including Poland, Japan and Guatemala – were said to be listed in no particular order.

Last week, however, a spokeswoman for the group and travel contributor for CTV singled out North Carolina as the top destination on the list during a segment on the Vancouver station.

“For people looking for something in the North American area, a little closer to home, North Carolina is suddenly jumping on the radar – kind of where Oregon and Utah were the last couple of years,” Allison Wallace told CTV Vancouver.

VIDEO: Horseback riding on the beach and a quick tour through Beaufort’s Front Street at sunrise.

Wallace compared North Carolina to British Columbia for the opportunities it offers nature lovers, having both coastal and mountain regions.

She also noted the state is home to two of the fastest-growing cities in the United States (Raleigh and Charlotte), and how Asheville was included on Forbes’ list of the 15 coolest places to go in 2018.

“I think you’re going to start hearing a lot about North Carolina,” Wallace told CTV. “It’s really interesting.”

Rainbow Falls, in the Pisgah National Forest and accessible via Gorges State Park, is a 150-foot waterfall near Sapphire, NC. The three-mile, round-trip is moderate to strenuous – including a series of wooden steps that take visitors up the steep

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