State parks grace Official 2016 North Carolina Travel Guide

Mike Murphy, state parks director, left, and Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina, unveil Travel Guide covers.

The role of North Carolina’s state parks as visitor attractions is being celebrated with twin, companion covers for the “Official 2016 North Carolina Travel Guide.”

Visit North Carolina, which touts the state as a travel destination throughout the world, joined the centennial celebration of the state parks system with covers featuring Mount Mitchell State Park on the highest peak in the eastern U.S. and Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the tallest living sand dune on the east coast. The magazine also offers features on Carolina Beach and Gorges state parks and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

“The cover images frame the content of the Travel Guide perfectly,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “They draw you in with North Carolina’s enchanting beauty and natural diversity, then invite you to immerse yourself in a place that’s rich in culture and craftsmanship and that radiates a spirit of adventure.”

Mike Murphy, state parks director, said the magazine’s focus reflects the close partnership between state parks and the tourism industry. “It’s appropriate to have these two parks on the covers. Both were the result of grassroots efforts by the local communities and so there are many commonalities in these parks.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Travel Guide is sent to travelers researching North Carolina, is available at welcome centers and can also be ordered here. An online version is enhanced by information pop-ups, audio and video, a table-of-contents slide slow and NC Insider tips, and is complemented by a smartphone magazine app.

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