From history and heritage to population and popular attractions, find the basics on North Carolina’s people and places.
Summer heat is easier to take when there’s an ocean wave, a mountain breeze or a coursing river nearby. And North Carolina’s cities are awfully cool, too.
In the years since a Chapel Hill chef put Shrimp and Grits on the fine-dining map, North Carolina has continued to define new Southern cuisine with innovations that honor and build on tradition.
The country’s oldest cultivated grapevine. The most breweries of any Southern state east of Texas. Craft distilleries that update a colorful moonshine legacy. Raise a toast to North Carolina’s liquid assets.
Follow the stars to North Carolina, where cameras are always rolling. The story line leads from the mountains (“The Hunger Games,” “Dirty Dancing”) to the coast (“Iron Man 3,” “Blue Velvet”) with subplots unfolding in between (“Homeland,” “Bull Durham”).
From the towering mountains to the lighthouse-studded coast, North Carolina encountered the Civil War in ways as varied as its landscape. You can know where the journey ends and still have much to explore.
With more than 400 public courses from the mountains to the sea, North Carolina’s golf diversity and heritage captures national attention.