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Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. It is the point that protrudes the farthest to the southeast along the nor...

Charlotte

Charlotte

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate and is situated halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, bet...

Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is k...

Wilmington

Wilmington

Wilmington, located in New Hanover County, is a coastal town situated in southeastern North Carolina. The city is bordered by the ...

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When to visit:

North Carolina’s beaches are packed and frantic for most of the summer and a good part of the spring; visitors can still have a good time, but crowds and high prices will be tough to avoid near the ocean. The rest of the state tends to swelter from May to September. In the otherwise slow winter season the ski resorts draw good-sized, though not massive, crowds.

Fall is a good time to visit North Carolina. Bird watching and wildlife viewing the states nature preserves is at its peak in the autumn months. Mid-March to mid-November is prime golf season in North Carolina.

North Carolina Facts:

State Abbreviation: NC

State Capital: Raleigh

Largest City: Charlotte

Area: 53,821 square miles (28th biggest state in the USA)

North Carolina Population: 8,683,242

Major Industries: farming, textiles, furniture

North Carolina Rivers: Neuse River, Roanoke River, Yadkin River

North Carolina Lakes: Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Phelps, Lake Waccamaw

Highest Point: Mt. Mitchell - 6,684 feet above sea level

Origin of the Name: North Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).

State Nickname: Tar Heel State

State Motto: To Be Rather Than to Seem

State Song: The Old North State