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About North Carolina
North Carolina boasts mountains, rolling hills, and plenty of golden coastlines. The Appalachian Mountains lay in the west and form a lush green haven for the region's animals and outdoor enthusiasts. Various museums, such as the Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee, offer programs and mountain experiences to enrich the understanding and history of the area.
The Great Smokey Mountains in the southwest are a huge tourist destination for those seeking a natural getaway. For an undisturbed scenery tour, you can ride on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad in Bryson City. In the fall, both of these forests display a rainbow of colors for onlookers, and in the winter, the snow-covered mountains become a playland for sports lovers.
The central core of the state is blanketed with rolling hills and flourishing cities. The economies in the region rank as some of the best in the nation. The city of Charlotte is considered the second biggest banking center in the United States, being home to the Federal Reserve, Bank of America, and Wachovia Financial. Technological industries are centralized around Research Triangle Park, in between Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.
North Carolina is lucky to have Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. These major frontrunners for medical treatment and advances make the state highly important as a modern research center.
The coast is filled with sand dunes, wetlands, and picture-perfect beaches. Just off from the coast lie numerous barrier islands, such as Cape Hatteras, and gorgeous seashores, such as Cape Lookout. The highest sand dune on the east coast, known as Jockey's Ridge, is one sight to see. The history of the land is rich and includes sites such as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in the nation, Revolutionary War landmarks, and other prominent features dating back to the 1700s.