Living in North and South Carolina combines the best of southern charm, bustling city life, family-friendly suburbs, and scenic nature views with a low cost of living and high quality of life. The mild year-round weather allows for more sunny days for recreational enthusiasts to enjoy the legendary golf courses, thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, outdoor adventures at the U.S. National Whitewater Center and exploration of state parks.
Sports fans can enjoy the excitement of the Carolinas Panthers (NFL), Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Charlotte Checkers (NHL affiliate), Charlotte Knights (MiLB) and NASCAR racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. While in the Carolinas, you can immerse yourself in local and worldly arts and culture with award-winning symphonies, music venues, history and art museums, theatre and local fairs. Whether you crave mountain views, world-class cities or coastal communities lined with sandy beaches, you can find what you’re looking for in the Carolinas.
Foodies can explore a diverse culinary scene that includes James Beard finalist restaurants, global cuisine, thriving gastropubs and craft breweries, southern comfort food and, of course, some of the best BBQ in the country.
Just one visit to the Carolinas and you will see why so many of the cities and communities regularly rank amongst U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live in U.S. – including a top 10 ranking in 2020-2021 for Charlotte, NC.
Given the diverse landscape and exciting destinations, many people travel to the Carolinas from all over the country to experience the natural beauty and outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, rafting, boating, tubing and kayaking.
From the beautiful beaches of Hilton Head Island to the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to explore in the Carolinas. With the breathtaking scenic views and surroundings, there are plenty of destinations for all ages that are only a car ride away. Whether you prefer mountains or beaches, the Carolinas are sure to bring adventures that are perfect for memorable daytrips, weekend getaways and lengthier vacations alike.