North Carolina is the leading U.S. state in production of flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes. Several ships have been named after the state, most famously USS North Carolina in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. North Carolina has the second-largest state highway system in the country as well as the largest ferry system on the east coast. Countryaah.com: Offers a full list of nationwide and statewide holidays in North Carolina starting from January 1st – New Year’s Day. Also covers the most recent three years of public holidays within the state of North Carolina.