Get the door, it's the liquor store
For about a century in the 1600s and 1700s, North Carolina was practically a no-travel zone. Its colonial neighbors decried it as the “sinke of America” where useless lubbers and degenerates went to hide out in mountain hovels and rural tenements. The joke’s on you, early naysayers. Today, North Carolina... is literally one of the most exciting places to live in the country. It’s home to numerous prosperous universities like Duke, UNC, NC State, Appalachian State and others. Its cities like Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham and Asheville are among the fastest-growing economies in the country, innovating in everything from biomedical advances to manufacturing and tech. To the east, the sandy coastline is protected by a slender, coveted strip of islands known as the Outer Banks. These islands are practically cities built on a sandbar and feature some of the most popular beaches on the east coast. Then to the west are the east coast’s most rugged mountains, including Mount Mitchell, which at 6,684 feet is well over a mile above sea level. Want to know one of the coolest parts about North Carolina? The world’s finest beers and wines can be delivered to your door in under 60 minutes without having to lift a finger. Well, technically you would have to lift a finger — you just need to visit the Drizly app (or website) and order your selections. But you get what we mean. And with 14 bottle shops across the state, you’ll have plenty to choose from.