We're at the mercy of the numbers for our journey through America's Top States For Business (that, and the increasingly delay-prone airline industry). Otherwise, with an entire weekend to get to our first destination, we probably would not have chosen North Carolina--a two-hour flight by regional jet from our home base in the New York City area.
North Carolina, however, ranked No. 5 in our countdown, so North Carolina it is for Monday. At least we got more of the weekend to rest up. Besides, North Carolina is a nice place to start. Lush, green and friendly, the Tar Heel state is refreshingly unassuming about its well-earned reputation as a great state for business.