From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, many of the country’s most significant historical moments have taken place on Carolina soil. The rich history and time-honored traditions of the region blend seamlessly with the town-and-country culture of today. Lifestyle choices abound, from coastal and city living to mountain, lake and heartland dwelling. North Carolina’s two largest metropolitan areas are among the top-ten fastest growing in the country: its capital, Raleigh, and its largest city, Charlotte. The climate of its coastal area is largely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and much of the state falls into a humid subtropical climate zone.
The western, more mountainous part of the state falls into the subtropical highland climate. Most of South Carolina enjoys a subtropical climate as well, with snowfall a rare occurrence. Its coastal regions, world-famous islands and lake communities attract millions of visitors each year. In addition, the mountain and midland areas of South Carolina offer breathtaking scenery, art and culture year-round. Colombia, its biggest city, is home to the state’s flagship university, The University of South Carolina