Visit North Carolina

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North Carolina is a southeastern U.S. state with a landscape ranging from Atlantic Ocean beaches to the Appalachian Mountains. Charlotte, its largest city, is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers and museums such as the Mint, housing a collection of international art. The state capital, Raleigh, features historic sites such as the Capital Area Visitor Center and City Market shops.

Popular tourist spots include Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville and Outer Banks barrier islands on the coast. Some of these islands feature lighthouses like Cape Hatteras Light Station in Buxton Woods and old cemeteries like Old Baptismal Cemetery in Manteo. There are also plenty of seafood restaurants where visitors can enjoy freshly-caught local delicacies like oysters or crabs.

North Carolina played an important role in American history; it was one of the original 13 colonies at the time of independence from Britain in 1776! A well-known site associated with this period is Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens located in downtown New Bern; it served as Governor Tryon's 18th century residence and currently offers tours for visitors to explore its grounds and gardens filled with stories about North Carolina's past.