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23 Reasons Leaving North Carolina Ruins You For Life

Yep, it's OK to let everyone know you're from the best state in the country.

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2. Because where else are you going to find an actual yellow brick road?

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Take a trip to Land of Oz, which is located in Beech Mountain, NC.

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4. Because there's no other rivalry quite like Carolina vs. Duke.

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5. Once you leave North Carolina, you'll never sink your teeth into a better hot dog or burger than those Cook Out has to offer.

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I mean, look at how glorious this is.

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7. Because downtown Raleigh is breathtakingly beautiful at night and it has the best bars in the whole state.

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8. Because there's nothing like enjoying great weather, good football, and fantastic food with your closest Tar Heels.

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9. Because Bright Leaf food products are the absolute best, especially the hot dogs.

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10. Because your heart swelled with joy when the ban NC had on same-sex marriage was dropped.

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11. Because nothing beats hiking Grandfather Mountain with your friends and family in the spring.

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12. Because there's nothing quite as special as going to the state fair in Raleigh, NC with your significant other.

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14. The same goes for Carowinds. Every North Carolinian has been no less than a million times.

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And the Vortex is everyone's go-to ride.

16. Because after you've had a Krispy Kreme doughnut, all others will pale in comparison.

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Who hasn't immediately turned into the Krispy Kreme drive-thru once you realized the "hot now" light was on?

17. And no restaurant on Earth is touching the delicious seasoned fries from Bojangles.

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18. Because nothing will fill you with nostalgia like the thought of Mayberry, NC and simpler times.

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And although Mayberry, NC isn't a real town, you've at least seen The Andy Griffith Show. So it's real in your heart.

19. And no meal is as satisfying as eastern style bbq with a side of hush puppies, baked beans, and slaw.

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20. Because there's no other sports logo in the world that reminds you of your childhood as much as this one.

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21. Because no other water park will make you as happy as Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point during the summer.

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22. Because there's no place on Earth as beautiful as the Blue Ridge Mountains during autumn.

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23. And every time you see the Biltmore Estate, it'll remind you of the countless school field trips you took there.

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And you no that no matter where life leads you, you'll always be gone to Carolina in your mind.

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