The name of the game: basketball. The food of choice: Carolina barbecue. And the vibe? Southern charm meets high-brow intellect. North Carolina is a state known for its scenic beauty, its rustic charm and its school spirit. Three major universities make this state an epicenter of education, while the rolling Appalachians (and gorgeous Outer Banks) set the scene for tons of outdoor activities in the backdrop. There's so much to see when you're driving across the state in your North Carolina rental car that making the trip just once might not be enough.