100 North Carolina Icons

Download the definitive North Carolina to-do list, inspired by our 100 North Carolina icons.


For the better part of a year now, we’ve been asking ourselves, “What makes North Carolina unique?” “What makes our state unlike any other?” We put those questions to you, our readers, via our Facebook page. We asked them of our writers. We asked them of our photographers. The answers to those questions made our list of 100 North Carolina Icons. And in this issue, we share them with you on a special pull-out keepsake poster.

And, we’ve taken the list of 100 North Carolina icons and turned it into the definitive North Carolina to-do list. Click below to download and print, and check off all that you’ve experienced.

We hope you’ll agree with the choices we made, but we also know we could have created a list of 200 North Carolina icons, so read the list, check things off, and then tell us what we left off! Post your where you can also download a checklist to mark the icons you’ve experienced, or at We can’t wait to hear from you!

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32 Responses to 100 North Carolina Icons

  1. DOTTIE Wilson TINSLEY says:

    Just wanted to comment on the August issue of Our State featuring Southern Foods.I thoroughly enjoyed the “Redeye Gravy” article and what great memories it brought back to me. (I will be 88 years old in November) when I was a little girl the family would go to my grandparents for visits. Grandmother Wilson ALWAYS had country ham slices in a bowl of Redeye gravy in the warming closet of her wood burning cook stove along with homemade biscuits! What a treat! My parents always said I cut my teeth on country ham and to this very day it is a favorite of mine. In fact ,after reading that article ,I just HAD to cook some country ham, Redeye gravy(made with coffee!) and biscuits! A very special treat ! Thanks for the memories! DOTTIE Wilson TINSLEY

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  3. Sandra says:

    Hunters Livermush

  4. Justin says:


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  8. K.L. Windsor says:

    The July 2012 issue with Doc Watson’s pic on the front is wonderful. The picture is striking; I love the black/white portrayal. I love each choice for the articles and the icon poster is great. This issue made me realize how much I had missed my subscription and renewed it today! Thanks for the great issue…it’s your best so far in my opinion.

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  11. Estelle Jennings says:

    How could you leave off the Carolina Hurricanes, winners of the Stanley Cup?

  12. Jessica says:

    Fiddler’s Grove should be added for sure! :)

  13. Kathryn Hamrick says:

    About the only one I haven’t experienced is the NC Transportation Museum — and I’m from Spencer!

  14. Shawn Rabourn says:

    No Charlotte Motor Speedway? No NASCAR Hall of Fame? What about the US National Whitewater Center?

  15. Sandi says:

    Great list. But it could be 200 icons. NC is a great state with lots of great things to do and see. The chest of drawers in High Point, the chair in Thomasville, Robert Ruark, the Devil’s stomping grounds, and many other great place in NC. I like calling NC home.

  16. jw says:

    Penland School of Crafts should really have been on this list, possibly Seagrove as well.

  17. Mark Rostan says:

    No way can you leave off the Linville Gorge.

  18. Rob Young says:

    Dear Our State,
    While we know that narrowing down a list to 100 NC Icons is surely a challenge, we must add a 101st icon to this list – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. We’ve been one of the most iconic travel destinations in the Southeast for over 100 years.
    We hope you agree!

  19. Lynne Scott says:

    Great list! Some things I never knew about or had forgotten about, but disappointed that Tryon Palace didn’t make the list – it certainly should have.

  20. Dale Randleman says:

    Love the list, and I’m sure I’ll be taking the list with me on my next trip to NC as there are many places I want to check out. However, I have to say that #75 Red Clay made me smile – I have a jar of red dirt here on my desk, dug up from my best friend’s (of 55 years!) back yard in 2010 when I was up there. My family and friends here think I’m crazy, but ever so often I just have to open that jar and take a deep whiff and say “Ahhhhhhh, home”!

    • Julian Smith says:

      I know what you mean…
      When I was younger I would occasionally take a cousin of mine to Raleigh to visit.His wife said that when he got back over the Franklin County line,he always gave out with a big “Whew”, glad to be back home.
      I’m the same way about Warren County, but I don’t have any red dirt in a jar.It is a good idea,though.

  21. Ed Hobbs says:

    Merchant’s Millpond State Park – Gates County
    Grave Digger trucks – Curituck County
    Tryon’s Palace – Newbern, NC
    Historic area – Edenton, NC
    You mentioned Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, but not any of the others along the Carolina coast.

  22. Kathy Davis says:

    73 of 100 so I don’t have far to go or I do have a far to go. Traveling this great state is a joy. Now I know what I have missed!

  23. Fred Harmon says:

    ICONs are great idea. But I hope they are not in order of popularity. Cheerwine ahead of barbeque? Always enjoy each issue. Wish I was home.

  24. Scott Bryan says:

    This is a great piece of work. As a matter of fact this (July) issue has become one of my all-time favorites.

  25. Jerry White says:

    Love the list, but I thought sure Michael Jordan would be on it.

  26. So disappointed not to see The Mint Museum listed … the state’s oldest art museum (celebrating its 75th anniversary this year) with one of the largest and most diverse collections in the Southeast.

  27. Ken Lohr says:

    65 checked off so far. Going to try to experience them all at least on Facebook in the next 100 days. Wish me luck!

  28. Ken Lohr says:

    WOW! what a great list. I have experienced most of them but I am sure there more that should be added. Great Job OSM!

  29. Ken Yount says:

    Your list mentioned the Outer Banks twice. I have no problem with that. Failing to mention the literary work of Robert Ruark I have a HUGE problem with. Ruark was considered in the same breathe with Hemingway in his day and his classic “The Old Man and the Boy” is revered by readers everywhere. It has been in print for over fifty years. Leaving Ruark off this list is sacrilege.

    • ourstate ourstate says:

      Thanks Ken, we are hoping that our readers will continue to share their thoughts about what was left off the list. We know there are many, many more things that make North Carolina unique.

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