The Appalachian Mountains' deepest and longest river gorge is best appreciated from afar – 876 feet up, to be exact. The New River Gorge Bridge is one of only two bridges in the world (the other is Sydney Harbour Bridge) where you can clip to a safety line and cross on a catwalk: Test your nerve while cars shake your path.

Getting there: Dulles International has connecting flights to Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport, 30 miles from Fayetteville. Bridge tours are $69 per person.