North Carolina boasts having 41 state parks, 10 national parks, and four national forests. Endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling.
North Carolina's "Triangle" region is comprised of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. These cities are home to North Carolina University, Duke, and North Carolina State, respectively. Nationally-recognized universities that have elite basketball programs (UNC and Duke are college basketball's greatest rivalry).
Charlotte, known as the "Queen City", was ranked as the #6 best place to live in the country by the U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021). Raleigh-Durham just missed the top ten with #11.
The Outer Banks are a 200-mile string of barrier islands off the coast from North Carolina and Virginia. The area is known for beautiful (and rarely crowded beaches) next to charming towns.
Asheville is a super cool mountain town that has become a major draw as a weekend getaway. The city offers a vibrant art scene, countless outdoor activities, and tops it off with tasty microbreweries.