ADD TO LISTFayetteville attracts a decent number of travelers visiting the United States, and it can be worth stopping by if you're traveling through the area. Most travelers go to check out the Linville Gorge and enjoy Fayetteville's parks and wildlife watching. Explore this Fayetteville travel guide to get more ideas for things to see and do.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina was named after the famous pirate from the revolutionary war, John LaFayette. Fayetteville NC is the fourth largest metropolitan in North Carolina. Fayetteville NC is a place you want to be FROM. Fayetteville NC is affectionatly called "Fayette-Nam" by military members who live there. The median age for men is 20 years old. The median age for women is 35, with two children. This would explain all the pawnshops, check cashing stores, and the tattoo parlors. An example of the stress and aggravation of living in Fayetteville: The city was excited one year when the murder rate actually dipped from 10th in the nation to 12th in the nation. They were in competition with Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas. If the records were to compare murder rates to per capita, then Fayetteville, NC would have been clearly number one. That was never taken into account, and murder rates were down, in big bold letters across the newspaper headlines. Another example of your typical day in Fayetteville: There is one parking lot near a major mall that no matter the time of day, or time of year, or how long I park there, I will have a local panhandler hit me up for some money. Not food, not clothing, must be cash... Otherwise, the brave and bold panhandler will curse you up and down the street until you manage to get in your car and drive off... It has happened to me without fail. I had one panhandler climb in my car, and would not get out until I promised to give them cash. One panhandler even handed me a business card that said " John Doe, Homeless" while he politely demanded I give him something for his efforts. The only people on bicycles in Fayetteville are the homeless. There are no bike lanes, and you would have to be pretty desperate to take your life in your hands like that. The city has the highest ratio of fast food restaurants per capita than Atlanta and Washington DC. So if you work at a fast food chain now, you will always be able to find a job in Fayetteville. The city has the highest tax rate in the state. The city has a crumbling infrastructure, with about 3.5 miles of sidewalks, and one crosswalk with a light. The bus service is a joke. I once had a bus driver pull off the side of the road, put the bus in park, and then get off the bus to take a cell phone call. the passengers sat and waited in the bus while the bus driver lit a cigarette, and chatted away on his cell phone. The city has more churches listed in the telephone book than actual businesses. This does not seem to deter the homeless, the murder rate, or the other pluthera of crimes in the city. In fact, one pastor I met was a devout hethen, he just liked to list his "business" as a church for the tax benefits. As a friend of mine once told me as I was moving there, "Welcome to HELL..."
Another name for Yadkin Rd, which is one of the main roads in Fayetteville, is Indy 500. It has 2 lanes in both directions w/a turning lane in the middle, but the lanes are so narrow that you need to be careful when passing a vehicle when going in the same direction, or watch out for the one that's on coming from the opposite direction!
If you are into nasty, smelly, and cheep strip clubs this is the place for you. Not really my cup of tea but I guess everyone's different. However, it is the home of the largest military base in the world. That's always fun.
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