- North Carolina's communities range from small mountain towns like Dillsboro, to coastal tourist centers such as Wilmington, to the large bustling metropolitans areas of Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem. Each community offers something unique, often proud of their heritage and displayed through local monuments and historic markers. Outdoor recreation is graced in practically every community of the state due to the large number of lakes, reservoirs, creeks, sounds, coves and rivers that travel from one end of the state to the other.
Recreation - North Carolinians love to celebrate their heritage through hundreds of local festivals and yearly celebrations. Public and private lands owners work hand and hand to offer visitors every imaginable recreation opportunity ranging from golf, to cold water trout fishing, to primitive camping, to hang gliding lessons and more. North Carolina has something to offer every age group and preference.
Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations.
The state receives various amounts of precipitation ranging from 30 to 100 inches of rain annually. Transylvania lies in southwestern North Carolina and is deemed the land of waterfalls. This mountainous region receives nearly 8 feet of rain each year.