NORTH CAROLINA

There are many things to enjoy in North Carolina, but NC is famous for: “First in Flight”-The Wright brothers, fathers of aviation, had their first successful flight on Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Biltmore Estate-the nation’s largest private residence. And so much more!

The Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains all thread their way through the western part of the state, and it is where you will find some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.

Geographically speaking, North Carolina really is the best of both worlds. It is one of the few states where you can start your day off in the mountains and end it with a sunset stroll along the coast. If you’re wondering where the best places are to sink your toes in the sand, Wrightsville Beach and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are two spots you won’t want to miss.

Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in the New World.

Dubbed “Wall Street South,” Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city and a major financial hub along the Eastern seaboard. There are also plenty of places to shop and a vibrant arts scene. North Carolina weather is about as unpredictable as the future, but it is not something you will hear people complain about too much. The temperature starts heating up as early as March, and the warm days can stretch into early November. Wintertime brings the occasional freeze, but you will not have to worry about battling six-foot deep snowdrifts when you head out the door.

The tiny little town of Calabash bills itself as the seafood capital of the world. North Carolina produces more sweet potato taste-bud tempting vegetables, than any other state, harvesting about 4 billion pounds of them annually. High Point, N.C., is known far and wide as the furniture capital of the world, and it is got over 1.6 million square feet of furniture stores to prove it. Twice a year, the city hosts the High Point Market, where new furnishings are rolled out for professional buyers, but the average Joe is welcome here anytime.

Whitewater Falls is tucked away in the Jocassee Gorge in Jackson County, just before you get to the South Carolina state line. It is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, plunging an astonishing 411 feet into the Whitewater River. If out for a morning hike, there is no better place to soak up some of North Carolina’s natural beauty.

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