From the sandy islands of the Outer Banks, to the vast, coastal plains, to the Appalachian foothills and peaks, North Carolina offers a wide range of geographical landscapes, each with its own uniquely beautiful setting and adventurous spirit. The Tar Heel States coast is a popular destination for summer holidays with the humid, subtropical climate, wide, flat beaches and picturesque islands. The pastoral inland terrain is veined with over 30,000 miles of sparkling fresh water streams that produce waterfalls as they descend through the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Sail on the coastal waterways, go golfing and wine tasting in the green hills, or hike the highest summit east of the Mississippi. North Carolina is an east coast gem.