Though North Carolina has been historically known as a rural state, it has undergone rapid urbanization over the last 30 years.
Charlotte, the State's largest city, is home to both Bank of America and Wachovia, as well as 5 other Fortune 500 companies, and is the second largest banking center in the United States.
In addition to its bustling economy, North Carolina offers more than 1.2 million acres of national forest land.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachians, run through the western part of the state, descending into rolling foothills that cover half the state. The range's highest peak, Mount Mitchell, reaches 6,684 feet into the air, making it the tallest in the eastern United States.
North Carolina gave birth to flight when the Wright Brothers first ascended in Kitty Hawk in 1903. It is also the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.
With 210 days of sunshine per year and mild temperatures year round, the Tar Heel State's lush, green terrain is perfect for outdoor activities.