New York City
It's different than the rest of the state. By a lot. Like someone dropped London or Paris onto the edge of West Virginia. And we've all heard enough about New York from, literally, every New Yorker ever. So on we move.
No state's character has changed more over the past 20+ years than North Carolina. Once a staunchly Southern state known for bass fishing, hog farms, and military bases, North Carolina has been inundated with academics, bankers, tech folks, and hipsters. Set apart from all of that is this wine region just west of Winston-Salem that was once the state's largest tobacco-growing area. Choosing to focus on a different vice, winemakers here adapted European grapes to the climate, soil, and pests of the 1.4 million-acre valley. The, er, fruits of those efforts resulted in Yadkin Valley becoming the state's first American Viticultural Area, and an unexpectedly charming wine region in a state not known for wine.
When you think about North Dakota you picture, what, Fargo? Which took place in Minnesota. Wide-open prairies? Fracking? Sure, but what you sure as hell DON'T think about are renowned outdoor restaurants and musical theater. Which are the trademarks of Medora, an Old West town in the heart of the Badlands, on the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Its claim to fame is the Medora Musical, an annual summer production by the townspeople to celebrate the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt. It's a perfect prelude to dinner at Pitchfork Steak Fondue, possibly the most self-explanatory restaurant on the planet, with a sweeping patio view of the Badlands.