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North Carolina A to Z

Hello Y'all!

Do you know your ABCs? How about the ABCs of  North Carolina?  Explore North Carolina, from the mountains of the west to the beaches along the east coast, North Carolina is full of places of history, natural wonder, and delicious culture! 

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North Carolina A to Z

A is for the Appalachian Mountains! From Maine to George the Appalachian Mountain Range creates the most breathtaking landscape for the western half of North Carolina, home to the Smokey Mountains National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway, and Mount Mitchell ...just to name a few.

B is for the Biltmore Estate. Nestled in the mountains of  Asheville North Carolina, the Biltmore is the largest home in America, built by George Vanderbilt. 

C stands for Cheerwine. The sweet cherry cola was created in 1917 by L.D. Peeler in Salisbury, North Carolina is still an iconic Carolina drink to this day.

D is for Dogwood (The flowering variety), the state flower of North Carolina! 

E is for Emeralds. North Carolina is known for gemstone mining but became famous for Emeralds after a million-dollar stone was found in Hiddenite, North Carolina. Visit the only public emerald mine, The Emerald Hollow!  

F is for First in Flight. The famous slogan on the North Carolina license plates is in honor of the historic flight of the Wright Brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  

G is for Great Dismal Swamp. The swamp sits on the North Carolina and Virginian border and has played an important role in the culture of the area and America for centuries. Today the swamp is currently being studied as a National Heritage Area. 

H is for High Point Furniture Market. Nicknamed “the furniture capital of the world” High Point, North Carolina is home to the world’s largest wholesale home furnishing show. 

I is for Ironweed, a native wildflower you can find throughout North Carolina. 

J is for Jockey’s State Park, the home of the largest natural living sand dunes on the East Coast.  

K is for Krispy Kreme. The doughnut shop beloved by many was founded in North Carolina!

L is for Lost Colony, the mystery of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. 

M is for Mount  Mitchell. The highest point East of the Mississippi River!  

N is for Nascar. NASCAR calls North Carolina home with the Hall of Fame located in Charlotte North Carolina. 

O is for Outerbanks. With 100+ miles of shoreline, Outbanks North Carolina is filled with charming seaside villages, historic locations, and natural delights.  

P is for Plott Hound, the state dog of North Carolina. 

Q is for Queen City. Nicknamed the Queen City, in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Queen consort of British King George III during the time of the city’s founding, Charlotte North Carolina is a bustling metropolis as the largest city in North Carolina.  

R is for Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. 

S is for Scuppernong. A variety of native muscadine grapes grows in the Carolinas and is the state fruit of North Carolina.  

T is for Texas Pete. The name may be confusing but Texas Pete was created in North Carolina and is still currently manufactured in northwest Winston-Salem.  

U is for Univeristy Towns. North Carolina is home to over 50 private colleges or universities, making it a state of academics and team rivalry.  

V is for vinegar-based BBQ. Also known as Carolina-style, this tangy, sweet, and a little heart BBQ sauce is perfect for a pulled pork sandwich with a topping of coleslaw. 

W is for Wild Horse. Inhabiting Corolla Beach and the greater outbanks area, the wild horses of North Carolina are a majestic sight to see.

X is for X-mas Tree Farms. Come Christmas time… North Carolina is the perfect place to pick out the best tree. 

Y is for Yonahlossee Overlook. A popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get a photo of the Linn Cove Viaduct. 

Z is for Zoo. The North Carolina Zoo is one of only two zoos in the United States that is state-supported. Visit the world’s largest natural habitat zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. 



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