North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte (pics) has certainly put itself on the map in the past few years. With the headquarters for Bank of America and the east coast operations for Wells Fargo, it is the second largest financial center by assets following New York City. In 2012 Charlotte played host to the Democratic National Convention.
Our first stop in North Carolina was the capital city of Raleigh (pics). In keeping with our practice of visiting state Capitol buildings we encounter, we began our tour of Raleigh at the North Carolina State Capitol. Completed in 1840 and built in a Greek Revival style, this Capitol has become mostly ceremonial and historical in nature. While the Governor’s office remains here, in the early 1960’s the legislature moved to a newly constructed State Legislative Building.