Reasons to Love North Carolina

Travel
By: litetender    
17-Mar-2011

Introduction:It's hard limit the wonders of North Carolina to a simple list of five. There is so much to praise: the colleges in North Carolina, the waterfalls, the Southern hospitality, the splendor of the Smokies on the Parkway in the fall, the BASKETBALL! (It is March Madness time, after all!) However, if I must, these are my top five favorite things about the great Tarheel state. Indeed, "I like calling North Carolina home!" (That used to be a popular tourism commercial on television some years back!

  • 01

    Seasons

    North Carolina's weather is hard to fault. It's about as close to perfect as we can expect to get in this fallen world. We have a nice, toasty Summer (so, it gets a bit humid ... EVERYWHERE is air conditioned!), an amazing Autumn, complete with gorgeous foliage, a beautiful crisp Winter (and even usually manage to have a snow or two) and Spring ... well, words fail me. Let it suffice to say that as we now approach Spring that "the cherry now, is hung with bloom upon the bough" and that everywhere is a lacy wonderland punctuated with yellow daffodils and gorgeous tulips of rainbow hues!

  • 02

    Beaches

    Whether you've a yen to explore the "graveyard of the Atlantic" on the barrier Islands of the Outer Banks, and see wild ponies while they yet roam, or wish to experience the wider and calmer shores of the Southern beaches ... Wrightsville, Emerald Isle, Holden Beach, Carolina Beach, or my favorite (stepping back in time fifty years): Oak Island ... North Carolina boasts friendly, clean, wide strands of sand and surf with a bountiful choice of places to stay to fit every pocketbook imaginable.

  • 03

    Mountains

    The Smoky Mountains are ... well, words fail me. They are not majestic. The Rocky Mountains lay claim to grandeur and majesty. The Smokies are, quite simply, the most BEAUTIFUL mountains on earth. They are calm, serene, rolling, and shelter some of the most beautiful wildlife (and some of the nicest human beings) ever to live. Summer mornings they lay shrouded in a veil of cloud, earning their name. In Winter they alternately shelter from storms and invite snow, and in Spring they wreathe themselves in Mountain Laurel. It's the Autumn, however, that is their "peak" season, when they, like Joseph, don a "coat of many colors" and proudly wear their splendor. There are few sights as beautiful as the Autumn clad Smokies in all their glory, reflected beside a Carolina blue sky in a secluded mountain lake.

  • 04

    Gardens

    North Carolina is home to some of the most stupendous gardens in North America. From the grand scale of the Biltmore House Gardens, to the tasteful beauty of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens (the Japanese pergola, in late April or early May, completely covered with sweet scented Wisteria is something that, once experienced, is never to be forgotten), to the formal Elizabethian Gardens in Manteo ... the gardens (and gardeners!) of North Carolina are truly incomparable.

  • 05

    People

    Native North Carolinians are special people. Unfailingly polite, slow of speech, quick of wit, and tough as nails (the men and the women!) they are a breed unto themselves. They have hospitably welcomed an influx of people from around the country (and indeed, from around the world!), have moved over and made room, have incorporated and made welcome without sacrificing their own identity. North Carolinians epitomize the word "gracious" and are the state's number one best attraction and resource.





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  • jseven 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    You have a given and inviting list to the readers for North Carolina. I think I would chose that at my alternative state to live after Michigan. :) High 5!

  • clewand550 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have never been to North Carolina. It sounds beautiful. Sounds like a place that I need to visit sometime. Nice very tempting list.

  • Jeanniemaries 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've been. I love. I have wonderful friends in New Bern!

  • JennyHeart 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    All great reasons, plus my daughter lives there.

  • goodselfme 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have always had a fondness for North Carolina. Your reasons are at the top of my list why too. You mention beauty and intellectual points.

  • penelope7 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've never been there but it seems that the people I have met from NC have lovely personalities. Thanks, these are good reasons. H5

  • Snakesmom 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    I love North Carolina already too! (but great list of reasons to go again) :) H5!

  • sparkybates 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have been to North Carolina several times and have enjoyed every visit. The Tarheel state is indeed a wonderful place. Thanks for the great list!

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