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North Carolina Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Ironically is located in the South East of the USA despite its name
  • Its capital city, Raleigh, is not the largest city, Charlotte takes that title
  • The Spanish were the first western settlers in North Carolina
  • SouthPark Mall in Charlotte is the biggest in either Carolina's and Tennessee

North Carolina Mini Guide

Around nine million people live in North Carolina, a state which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Virginia to the north, South Carolina to the south and Georgia and Tennessee to the west.  Most of North Carolina’s residents live in Piedmont, which is the flat part of the state. With many major interstates connecting North Carolina with these states at  I-26, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-85 and I-95, having a car means you can enter North Carolina with ease.

This American state is very popular with holiday makers for its varied landscape and the fact that it has four different seasons. Summers are warm in North Carolina but spring or autumn may be more pleasant times of year to visit if you want to avoid humidity.

Mountain ranges within North Carolina include the North Carolina Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition more people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park than any other national park in America. Another popular attraction within North Carolina is the Appalachian National Historic Trail, a scenic route which goes along the Appalachian Mountain range and is best accessed by car.

When not enjoying the fresh mountain air of North Carolina many tourists like to go to the coastal region which encompasses such areas as the Crystal Coast, the Outer Banks, Wilmington and Kitty Hawk. Around the Crystal Coast you can find the popular beach resort of Atlantic Beach and the charming fishing community based at Harkers Island.

Car rental Charlotte is the most convenient way to start your trip in North Carolina as Charlotte is its biggest city. The state capital of North Carolina is Raleigh (named after the English adventurer) and there are many cultural activities to enjoy in Raleigh. Other well known cities are Winston Salem and Durham, with the latter being home to Dukes University.

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