Pre & Post Conference Press Trips

Media attendees will be able to select from either a pre or post conference press trip, which is included with conference registration. Once trips are assigned, media may be able to participate in both a pre or post press trip, if space is available. Below find information on the available tours. Please note that all itineraries are subject to changes.

Pre-Conference Press Trips

Find the Right Amount of Adventure in Boone, NC

Hosted by Boone Area Visitors Bureau

Trip Dates: Sunday, May 14 – Tuesday, May 16
Max Number of Journalists: 10
Activity Level: Medium Impact
Nearest Arrival Airports: Nearest airports are Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport (2 hour or less drive from Boone), and Raleigh–Durham International Airport (2.5 hour drive from Boone)
Decription: Adventure along America’s Favorite Scenic Drive: the Blue Ridge Parkway
Areas of Interest: Family travel, adventure travel, culinary highlights
Guest Policy: Non-media guests not allowed

Heart of North Carolina

Hosted by Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau

Trip Dates:  Sunday, May 14 – Tuesday, May 16
Max Number of Journalists: 6
Activity Level: Medium Impact
Description:  North Carolina Zoo; Seagrove Pottery Community; Petty Museum & Attractions
Areas of Interest: Family Travel, Adventure Travel, Educational, Zoo & Aquarium, Automotive/Racing/NASCAR Enthusiast, Art & Cultural tours, History/Heritage Museum
Guest Policy:
Non-media guests not allowed

JoCo Beer, Wine, Shine, and Dine

Hosted by Johnston County Visitors Bureau

Trip Dates:  Sunday, May 14 – Tuesday, May 16
Max Number of Journalists:  10
Activity Level:  High Impact
Nearest Arrival Airport/Train Station:  Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Selma Amtrak Train Station
Description:  Participants will get a taste of local craft beverages and regional dishes as they venture along the Johnston County Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. The trail includes 2 family-owned wineries, 2 craft breweries, and the first local distillery to make legal moonshine in over 100 years. Along the way participants will also meet artisans, chefs, and mixologists working to combine local, unique ingredients into edible masterpieces. We can’t wait to show you JoCo. Cheers!
Areas of Interest: Craft Beverages, Southern Cuisine, Food Travel
Guest Policy:
Non-media guests not allowed

Kinston – Culinary, Art, History, Brew & Q! Collard greens and BBQ to sculptures and gunboats, Kinston’s waiting for you!

Hosted by Kinston-Lenoir County Convention & Visitors Bureau/Visit Kinston

Trip Dates:  Sunday, May 14 – Tuesday, May 16
Max Number of Journalists:  12-15
Activity Level:  Medium Impact
Nearest Arrival Airports:  Pitt-Greenville Airport PGV or EWN Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Areas of Interest: Culinary, Arts and Cultural, History, ENC BBQ, Family travel
Guest Policy:
Media guests are allowed, expenses are covered

For The Adventurer - FULL

THIS PRESS TRIP IS NOW FULL!

Hosted by Burlington/Alamance County CVB

Trip Dates:  Monday, May 15 – Tuesday, May 16
Max Number of Journalists:  8
Activity Level:  Low Impact
Nearest Arrival Airport/Train Station:  Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Selma Amtrak Train Station
Description:  We will be canoeing in the Haw River (part of our Haw River Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail), enjoying local Farm to Table cuisine and looking in the eye of lion from five feet away (as well as many other animals) at the Conservators Center.  Our trip encourages and engages visitors to enjoy what nature has to offer!
Areas of Interest: Nature, Adventure, Family Travel, Education
Guest Policy: Non-media guests not allowed

Post-Conference Press Trips

Stay and Explore More in Chapel Hill and Carrboro - FULL

THIS PRESS TRIP IS NOW FULL!

Hosted by Chapel Hill/ Orange County Visitors Bureau

Trip Dates: Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21
Maximum Number of Journalists:  6
Activity Level:  Medium Impact
Nearest Departure Airport:  Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Description:  Stay and explore more cool places not showcased on conference tours! Accommodations provided by our newest hotel! Take a historic guided walking tour of downtown Chapel Hill, tour a coffee roastery and taste gourmet coffee, explore Ackland Art Museum and Morehead Planetarium (home of early NASA training), be a local at the Friday’s on the Front Porch event, attend a nationally recognized farmers market and tour a 60,000 sq. ft. food emporium that foodies love! Not to mention, taste more great food from other local restaurants.
Areas of Interest: History, Arts, Culinary and Family
Guest Policy: Non-media guests not allowed

The Crystal Coast - FULL

THIS PRESS TRIP IS NOW FULL!

Hosted by The Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority

Trip Dates: TBD (immediately following conference)
Maximum Number of Journalists: FULL
Activity Level:  Medium Impact
Nearest Departure Airport:  Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (New Bern, NC)
Description: Discover the eco-treasures of The Crystal Coast (NC’s southern outer banks). Beginning with a dock-to-table kick-off dinner at Atlantic Beach, followed by a day of shelling at Cape Lookout National Seashore, kayaking to The Rachel Carson Reserve (for an up-close encounter with the wild horses), lunch at “America’s Coolest Small Town,” Beaufort, NC (by Travel + Leisure) and more.
Areas of Interest: Adventure/eco-travel
Guest Policy: Non-media guests not allowed

#OBXnow Outer Banks Immersion - FULL

THIS PRESS TRIP IS NOW FULL!

Hosted by Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Trip Dates: Friday, May 19 - Monday, May 22
Max Number of Journalists: FULL
Activity Level: Medium Impact
Nearest Departure Airport:  RDU Raleigh Durham International
Description: You're getting the insider's trek to The Outer Banks of North Carolina or "OBX" as the barrier islands are known by fans. We'll hop across three islands to experience amazing public lands rich in history, culture and beauty. We'll go off-roading in the beach wilderness and climb the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, retrace the footsteps of Orville and Wilbur into the sky at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and see new discoveries in the search for the "Lost Colony" of 1587 at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Our group will also explore the largest sand dune mountains on the East Coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Hungry yet? You'll leave knowing the difference in taste that only local wild-caught fish, shrimp and crabs can offer, with a thirst slaking sample of local craft brew and distilled Kill Devil Rum. Vacation rental homes are the bread and butter of this popular family-style beach, and we'll split our stay between a big beach cottage and the four star Sanderling Resort. OuterBanks.org
Areas of Interest: Family, Adventure, Culinary, History
Guest Policy: Non-media guests not allowed