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Greet the New Year 2013 North Carolina

Located in the south east of the USA, the state of North Carolina is popular not only for being one of the wettest regions in the country but also for its marshlands, numerous lakes and mountainous regions. These diverse physical regions provide the state with ski resorts, roaring waterfalls and lush forests, mountain trails and some of the most diverse ecosystem on earth in the Smoky Mountains that attract thousands of tourists annually. Raleigh, its capital lowers its acorn and Charlotte, its largest city, lights up its crown, but some North Carolina towns find even more unusual ways to greet the New Year 2013.

Brasstown drops a possum, while in Mt. Olive the New Year's Eve Pickle Drop is a family-friendly affair with live music and free refreshments. At Carolina Beach, the Island of Lights celebration welcomes the new year with the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball and a street dance. In the North Carolina mountains, Sugar Mountain Resort, Appalachian Ski Mountain, and Cataloochee Ski Area kick off the new year with torch light parades down their ski slopes, followed by fireworks. Elsewhere, you can welcome the New Year on Wilmington's Henrietta III Riverboat or aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, at elegant evenings at the Pinehurst Resort or the Grove Park Inn.