Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a state known for its Outer Banks, historic lighthouse and NASCAR, North Carolina is a great place to take a road trip and of course, live. North Carolinians are gifted with living in utopia: beaches, mountains, great weather and just the right amount of Southern culture. While there, if you are asked if you prefer light blue or dark blue, think about your answer. Carefully. Sports fans know that the UNC Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils demand loyalty. You simply cannot cheer for both; it’s not allowed among the locals. Keeping it real is the rule in North Carolina—specifically speaking—“Esse quam videri.” North Carolinians live and breathe by these words. In English, that’s, “To be, rather than to seem (to be).” Being authentic is valued above all else.
Founded in 1766, this town with less than 400,000 residents has eight institutions of higher learning, 80 parks, 40 wineries, 450 dining options, 12 golf courses and Salem College—the oldest college for women in the country. A number of notable movies were filmed here including ‘Mr. Destiny’ with Jim Belushi, ‘Eddie’ with Whoopi Goldberg and ‘Leatherheads’ which brought George Clooney to town. Famous folks in music, arts and literature call this eclectic city their home including Maya Angelou, Ben Folds and Angela Bassett. Fun Fact: The famous Krispy Kreme Doughnut was invented here. First In Flight
Burlington is located only a few hours’ drive from the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountains to the west and beautiful coastal beaches to the east and traces its beginnings to the 1850’s when the North Carolina Railroad selected Burlington to be the site of its repair facilities. Just one hour from North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh, this is a family-friendly, easy city to live in and close enough to more populous areas should you crave a faster pace. Several of North Carolina’s most prestigious universities and colleges are within an hour of Burlington including the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Greensboro, North Carolina State, North Carolina A&T and Duke University. Today, Burlington enjoys a unique position in being that it is home to major industry, to growing retail and to residential development. Bucktown
A beautiful, small town in the heart of Catawba Valley in the Western Piedmont of North Carolina, Catawba is approximately twenty minutes from Hickory, one hour from Charlotte, and just over one and a half hours from the mountains. This sweet, little gem of a town offers something for everyone. Whether you would enjoy a nice picnic in the park, boating on the Catawba River, a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, or a delicious southern-style meal, this town is calling for you. Fun Fact: Catawba is also the home of Bobby Issac, NASCAR’s 1970 Grand National Series Champion and 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee. Hickory
This All-American city credited for its furniture industry famously hosts the state’s oldest arts and craft festival, “Everybody’s Day”, each year on the last Saturday in September. For over 100 years, this festival brings its locals and out-of-towners alike to enjoy carnival rides, local bands of all genre’s, over 200 vendors and lots of delicious food served with flare. Rounding out the picturesque, town’s family friendly outings is the 11 Acre Market which has grown considerably over the years into a highly-praised international outdoor bazaar featuring textiles and food from Mexico, Central and East Asia. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find and enjoy fresh lemongrass and coconuts on ice. Built around the local railway system, Thomasville is home to the oldest railroad depot in the state, just a few hundred feet from the city’s most notable landmark, “The Big Chair”. Tar Heel State
No matter who you are or where you are originally from, everyone always seems to find something about North Carolina that makes them feel at home and to say that North Carolinians are proud of their state is an understatement. They bleed blue and live by an old-time value system. Fun Fact: Pepsi was invented in North Carolina. You’re welcome.
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