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North Caroline, Flat Top Manor, Blue Ridge Parkway, North CarolinaNorth Caroline, Flat Top Manor, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
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North Carolina is a state on the Atlantic Seaboard, on the east coast of the United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, South Carolina to the south, Georgia to the southwest and Tennessee to the west. The state covers an area of 53,819 sq mi (139,581 sq km) and ranks 28th out of the 50 US states in terms of size. It measures 560 miles (900 km) across and 150 miles (340 km) from north to south.

Old East Dormitory of the University of North Carolina, the first state university building in the United StatesOld East Dormitory of the University of North Carolina, the first state university building in the United States
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North Carolina has a population of 9.4 million people, making it the 10th most populous state in the country. Its capital is Raleigh while its largest city is Charlotte. The highest point in the state is Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 ft (2,038 m).

North Carolina was known as the Province of North Carolina until it was admitted into the United States on 21 November, 1789. It was the 12th state to join the Union. The state is in the Eastern time zone, which is -5/-4 behind GMT. The abbreviation for North Carolina is NC. I-85 connects Charlotte with Atlanta and Greensboro. I-40 cuts across the state, passing through Greensboro and Raleigh. Other interstate highways include the I-26, I-73, I-74, I-77 and I-95.

Chapel of the Cross at Chapel Hill, North CarolinaChapel of the Cross at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Travel to North Carolina

By Plane
There are a few international airports serving North Carolina including the Charlotte Douglas (CLT), Piedmont Triad (GSO), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Wilmington (ILM).

By Road
There are a few interstate highways that you can take to go to North Carolina.

Bodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks, North CarolinaBodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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Cities in North Carolina

  1. Asheville (77,000)
    County seat of Buncombe County.

  2. Chapel Hill (55,000)
    Home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  3. Charlotte (710,000)
    Largest city in North Carolina.

  4. Durham (229,000)
    City within the Research Triangle.

  5. Fayetteville (121,000)
    Home of the US Army post of Fort Bragg.

  6. Greensboro (224,000)
    City in the Piedmont region.

  7. New Bern (23,000)
    Second oldest town in North Carolina and a former colonial capital.

  8. Raleigh (430,000)
    Second largest city in North Carolina and one of the fastest growing in the country.

  9. Wilmington (76,000)
    City named one of the 2008 Dozen Distintive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  10. Winston-Salem (330,000)
    City famous for its tobacco industry with brands bearing its name.

Places of Interest in North Carolina

  1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  2. Beaufort
  3. Blue Ridge Parkway
  4. Cape Lookout National Seashore
  5. Outer Banks
  6. Pinehurst
  7. Roanoke Island

World Heritage Sites of North Carolina

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