12th State - Entered the Union November 21, 1789
Experience Firsts That Last In North Carolina.
A visit to North Carolina is full of firsts. Watch the sun rise and set from the same spot on a barrier-island beach. Hear the sound of waterfalls echoing all around you. Sip moonshine distilled from a recipe five generations old.
Plan a visit to North Carolina’s oldest places to experience something new. Walk in the footsteps of Vanderbilt, Hemingway and Washington at our historic sites and homes, stand in the place the sit-in movement began, pause in the ancestral home of the Cherokee or spread your wings where the Wright brothers first flew.