25 Undeniable Reasons Why Everyone Loves North Carolina
Sure, anyone can say their state is the best. But it’s really only true for one of them – North Carolina. 🙂 Here are just 25 out of many reasons why that’s absolutely true.
25. Southern hospitality at its finest
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Sit down, relax, have a sweet tea, stay for a while! We love our front porches and the slow, laid-back way of life most of the country has abandoned.
24. But we’re still cultured, artistic, and ‘cool’
North Carolina is home to The North Carolina School of the Arts, The River Run Film Festival, The Mint Museum, Seagrove Pottery Trail…just to name a few. Brimming with artists, filmmakers, and musicians, North Carolina is a breath of fresh air for creative people.
23. Fried chicken and biscuits are a delicacy
And no one makes them quite like Bojangles.
22. Barbeque is King
A true battle of east vs. west. There is the tangy and sweet “red” vinegar-based Lexington Style vs. the lighter vinegar, but still sweet, eastern style that uses “the whole hog.” You just have to pick a side.
21. And Cheerwine is queen
Once you go Cheerwine, you dont go back.
20. We have beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains
Unlike our barbeque, you don’t have to pick a side.
19. History and mystery
Linguists, to this day, still study the unique dialect of the Outer Banks. The Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with culture and folklore. The superstitions and landmarks add to the intrigue of the Tar Heel state.
18. We never run out of beautiful things to see and fun things to do
Carowinds, The White Water Center, Discovery Zone, hiking the Appalachian Trail, skiing, catching some sand and surf at the Outer Banks, The Biltmore Estate…I could go on forever.
17. There is no other college basketball rivalry quite like UNC vs. Duke
Life literally pauses during the ACC Tournament. You wont find more passionate, proud fans anywhere else.
16. Nationally recognized professional sports teams
A Panthers tailgate is an absolute blast! The buzz has been brought back and everyone in the queen city loves their Charlotte Hornets. The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006. North Carolinians love their sports.
It’s common to see a #3 bumper sticker on cars. We will always remember you, Dale Earnhardt!
14. You can thank us for aviation
Cough, Ohio, cough
13. North Carolina is labeled ‘The Hollywood of the East Coast’
North Carolina is a favored destination for filmmakers and TV productions. Popular TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Sleepy Hollow were shot in Wilmington. Hunger Games fans can visit the “actual” District 12 in Black Mountain.
12. The craft beer scene is hoppin’
Asheville was named one the best beer cities in the United States by CNN. Charlotte’s NoDa Brewery is home to the award winning Hop Drop n’ Roll. You never run out of options in the Tar heel State.
11. Fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Even the natives become “leaf lookers” when it comes to October on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
10. Speaking of seasons…
You get all four seasons, in all their glory, in North Carolina.
9. There is a city for each type of person
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Bohemians love Asheville. Professionals flock to Charlotte. Beach bums work and play in Wilmington.
8. We’re well educated
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North Carolina’s public school system is consistently ranked one of the best in the nation. UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest are nationally known for both their undergrad and graduate programs.
7. Our burgers and hot dogs go all the way
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Ever had a burger with coleslaw, chili, onions and mustard? It will change your life.
6. Musical bragging rights
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Ben Folds, Tori Amos, James Taylor…NC is known for breeding talented musicians. Any night of the week you can find amazing live music at well-known venues.
5. We’ve been keeping it real from the start
Esse Quam Videri is the state motto, which means, “To be, rather than to seem.” North Carolinians are some of the most laid-back, down to earth people you’ll ever meet. It’s in our blood.
4. Reasonable cost of living
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You don’t have to pay extra for the view here, it comes included!
3. Late night munchies?
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Cookout has got you covered with mouthwatering BBQ, hot dogs, and milkshakes served till 3AM.
2. Come visit and you won’t want to leave
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Because why would you after attending your first pig pickin’ and eating Krispy Kreme?
1. North Carolinians are filled with pride
We love our home state and it loves us back.
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