I'm in VA, my sister-in-law lives in Charlotte and my cousins all live in the Raleigh area. That state is long!!! alot of difference across the state...and I hope you like nascar! In laws like Charlotte, but suprised the schools aren't that great. (now the are using private schools) Several good size lakes in that area, Outer Banks is a 7-8 HOUR drive for them! Cousin also like Raleigh, but aren't boaters so no info to report. The far western part of the state brings back memories of the movie "deliverence".