Nestled on the banks of Cape Fear River, Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg, the largest United States Army installation in the country. In the 1960’s, protesters opposed sending troops to Vietnam, and the city was eventually dubbed “Fayettenam.” Fayetteville has since developed a bustling downtown, a burgeoning culinary scene, and a variety of military museums.
An All-America City, Fayetteville houses a ton of American military history. Top destinations include the 82nd Division War Memorial Museum and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
The Fayetteville International Folk Festival has showcased multicultural music, food, and artwork for more than thirty years. For more eclectic cultural offerings, visit the CAMEO Art House Theatre or the Rock Shop Music Hall.
Fascinate-U is a children’s museum designed to look like a miniature city. Exhibits are meant to represent the real world and include an army fort, farm, fire station, grocery store, post office, and stage.
If you’re feeling peckish, visit the Mash House and order the 40 oz. slab of prime rib known as the Monster Mash. For lighter fare, try Grilled Ginger, an upscale Vietnamese restaurant with fresh seafood and bubble tea.
Downtown Fayetteville is the cultural heart of the city. On the fourth Friday of the month, galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late while performers and musicians showcase their crafts.
Fayetteville has plenty of green space. Notable parks include Cross Country Linear Park, Freedom Memorial Park, and Riverside Dog Park. Nature lovers should also check out the 80-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden.