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Keep an eye out for these NC roadside attractions

Posted November 3, 2021 5:00 a.m. EDT

Shangri La Stone Village (Tandra Wilkerson/Thriller Mom Blog)

— One thing I appreciate about North Carolina is its plethora of things to do and places to go. From the mountains to the beaches, possibilities are ample. As a family, we're determined to explore as much as possible. Over the past year or so, we've become more interested in roadside attractions. Here are a few we've seen that you may want to check out, too.

Shangri La Stone Village (Henry Warren Rd, Prospect Hill, NC 27314)

Shangri La Stone Village has been a tourist attraction for over 50 years. It's a bit of amazement you'll find in Prospect Hill, NC. It was built by Henry Warren, a retired tobacco farmer. He began building the miniature stone town at the age of 72.

We first read about it and visited in 2020. It's an impressive work of art with a little library, gym, theater, and other town necessities. Henry Warren's passion for this project is evident. I think anyone would be impressed with the details.

Read a firsthand account of our visit on my blog.

Arts Annex/Satellite Park

Arts Annex/Satellite Park (404 Gattis Street, Durham, NC 27701)

The Arts Annex/Satellite Park is located on the Duke University campus in Durham. It serves as the art scene for students and organizations. It's also worth the time for anyone who appreciates art and roadside attractions.

Once destined for destruction (or so I've heard), these old satellites were turned into beautiful murals. The buildings on the lot are also full of artwork. We found quite a few spaces to capture photos. See them at this link and check out the vlog.

World's Largest Chest of Drawers (508 Hamilton St, High Point, NC 27260)

The World's Largest Chest of Drawers. Did you know it's located right in High Point? Sure is! And if you like to stop at quirky or oversized attractions, you'll definitely pull over for this one.

The dresser is 36 feet tall and appropriately standing right in the "furniture capital of the world." Long ago, it was the home of a business. I'm not sure if it's a business today or serving only as an attraction. There's a small lot on the side of the building but no one was around the day we visited.

I shared my family's experience in this post. There's a vlog included with this one as well. I also give you the best way to get a good photo in relation to the dresser's location.

The World's Largest Chest of Drawers

Each of these attractions were cool to see. And taking these small road trips are exciting for my daughters! Doing the research, finding something to check out, and then traveling there is micro-adventuring at its finest.

More detailed information and up-close views can be found at each post link above. Have you visited either of these roadside attractions? What others would you recommend?