Day 4 - Morehead City, NC Morehead City is a popular port along the Intracoastal Waterway and is always bustling with boat activity and excitement. There are plenty of interesting shops to browse in Morehead or you can tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, just across the Newport River. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing .
Franklin, NC west of Asheville, is also known as the, “Gem Capitol of the World.” There are gem mines and museums here that will intrigue men and women of all ages. Back in the late 1800’s, Tiffany and Company mined for rubies and gems in the area. Sheffield Mine is one of the oldest Ruby Mines still in operation in the Franklin, NC. Sheffield mine was once owned by Tiffany and Company, Other mines in other parts of western NC were sources for sapphires and emeralds.