Waterspout (water tornado) in Nag's Head North Carolina, USA

Hurricane Hermine generated a massive "water spout" at Avalon Pier in Outer Banks, North Carolina!

One of the coolest cross-country trips a traveler can take is along I-40. The third longest interstate in the United States, the route runs all the way from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina (that's a 36-hour drive from end-to-end, in case you're wondering). Yet, it’s not the length that makes I-40 appealing for travelers. Rather, it’s the amazing and unique sights that decorate this stretch of highway.

10 Stops You Can't Miss on an I-40 Road Trip

One of the coolest cross-country trips a traveler can take is along The third longest interstate in the United States, the route runs all the way from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina (that's a drive from end-to-end, in case

Whitewater Falls, North Carolina! http://www.zorpia.com/

Whitewater Falls near Saphire, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, North Carolina ~ photo by Alan Lenk, Fine Art America

Steps to a Smokies overlook (North Carolina) by Andrew Soundarajan / 500px

Steps to a View - Steps lead to the Chestoa Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina at sunrise.

Ride of a Lifetime: the 300 mile loop starting and ending at Waynesville, North Carolina, (“K” on the map) near Maggie Valley. This route takes you on some of the most beautiful, twisty roads in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, including the infamous Tail of the Dragon (300-curves in 11 miles) and Moonshiner 28.

Ride of a Lifetime: the 300 mile loop starting and ending at Waynesville, North Carolina, (“K” on the map) near Maggie Valley.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina  July 2006

Chimney Rock, North Carolina I haven't been there - yet. I have family in North Carolina, so I'll have to make it a point to visit Chimney Rock when I visit them! This so looks like my kind of place.

I consider myself a travel expert,  I've been so many places in the states and Europe.  But the outer banks and the south is where my heart is routed.  It's coastal. Living for me all the way.  The Outer Banks lighthouse

I consider myself a travel expert, I've been so many places in the states and Europe. But the outer banks and the south is where my heart is routed. It's coastal. Living for me all the way. The Outer Banks lighthouse

Craggy Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. I really want to go on a walk here...

One of my favorite places - North Carolina and hiking through the mountains. Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina photo via igor

Female Northern Cardinal by Christina Rollo © www.rollosphotos.com. Close-up of a beautiful female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) State bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia

Close-up of a beautiful female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) at rest in the snow

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