About North Carolina, United States
North Carolina is a state in the southern United States and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and entertainment. Many tourists visit North Carolina for its sunny beaches, but there is also skiing available in the mountainous areas of the state. Many noteworthy jazz musicians came from North Carolina, including John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Strayhorn. North Carolina is also well known for its barbeque-style cuisine, and there are numerous barbeque festivals held throughout the state. The famous Krispy Kreme Doughnut company was also started in North Carolina.
The Carolina Lily, also known as a Turk's Cap, is the state's official flower. Summers are warm and humid, and winters are mild. Many feel that North Carolina has a perfect balance of "Old South" traditions and modern tourist attractions.