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If you're on the lookout for a specific precious gemstone to own, you might have a hard time finding it for an affordable price. Whether you're attempting to tap into healing powers or just rock a pretty new jewel, there's a mine in North Carolina that lets you discover authentic crystals to add to your collection.

Open year-round, Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC, has a few cool means of finding one-of-a-kind stones and minerals of over 60 naturally occurring kinds.

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As the weather cools down, fall activities are coming into full effect. For you, this might mean going to a pumpkin patch, exploring a corn maze, or brewery hopping, all of which there is plenty of in North Carolina.

However, one activity in Bryson City, NC is perfect for just the grown-ups. It offers a way to see the stunning fall foliage, and all it takes is a ride on one of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) excursions.

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The Tar Heel State is chock full of adventures just waiting to be crossed off your bucket list. Before the weather cools off, head to Sliding Rock in North Carolina to experience a "natural water park." You can glide down a giant nature-made water slide at this super fun spot and channel your inner kid.

Sliding Rock is a hidden gem tucked away in Pisgah National Forest, surrounded by gorgeous scenery. There, you can discover a large rock waterfall among the trees.

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You can zip through the treetops of North Carolina at top speed this fall. If you're looking for fun things to do in North Carolina, the Gorge Zip Line near Asheville is the "steepest and fastest" zip line canopy tour in the state. Thrill-seekers in North Carolina need to knock this exhilarating adventure right off their bucket lists. 

The Gorge is located in Saluda, North Carolina, and is open every day of the week.

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You can save the drama for your llama this fall in North Carolina. Divine Llama Vineyards lets you sip on merlot while you wander a farm full of fluffy friends. This adorable spot near Charlotte is the perfect place for wine and animal lovers to relax and unwind. 

Divine Llama Vineyards is open Thursday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit this spot outside the city with your girlfriends for a cute and unique experience. It's totally worth the trip. 

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