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North Carolina – The Old North State

North Carolina, rich in scenic beauty and in history, was named in honor of King Charles I and King Charles II of England.

North Carolina - The Old North State

Here are few quick facts about North Carolina

  • State capital – Raleigh
  • State motto of North Carolina – Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
  • State song – “The Old North State”
  • Nick names – Tar Heel State
  • State insect – Honey Bee
  • State beverage – Milk
  • State bird – Cardinal
  • State fruit – Scuppernong grape
  • State flower – Dogwood
  • State colors – Red and Blue
  • State tree – Pine
  • State dog – Plott hound

Interesting facts about North Carolina:

North Carolina leads the country in furniture, tobacco, sweet potatoes, brick, mica, lithium and textile production. Tobacco, corn, cotton, peanuts, hay and vegetable crops are some of the state’s major agricultural products.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is America’s oldest State University.

Actor Michael C. Hall; author, pianist, civil rights activist, musician and singer Nina Simone; legal professional, lawyer and Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former U.S. President Andrew Johnson, are some famous North Carolinians.

Tourism is one of North Carolina’s important and expanding industries. Tourists visiting the state spend more than $1 billion every year.

Following are some unique places to visit in North Carolina

Appalachian Mountains

Biltmore Estate

Blue Ridge Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

City of Asheville

Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

The Wright Brothers National Memorial

Guilford Courthouse and Moores Creek National Military Parks

Carl Sandburg’s home near Hendersonville,

The Old Salem Restoration in Winston-Salem.

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