Other nicknames for North Carolina include the Old North State, the Land of the Sky, and the Rip Van Winkle State. The Wright Brothers also tested various prototypes for a flying machine in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Thats right! Making North Carolina the First in Flight. From the beaches to the numerous Mountain ranges - North Carolina has much for an outdoors man to enjoy! If the outdoors isn't for you then you will enjoy the city life from the popular triad area.