The North Carolina Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Wilmington 12

Kure Beach and Carolina Beach 9

Nags Head 7

Morehead City 6

Ocracoke Island 6

Roanoke Island 6

Cape Lookout National Seashore 4

Hatteras Island 4

Northern Beaches 4

Beaufort 2

Southport 2

New Bern 2

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Roanoke Island Festival Park

  • Museum Village

This multi-functional attraction sits on the waterfront in Manteo. Costumed interpreters conduct tours of the 69-foot ship, Elizabeth...

Shackleford Banks

  • Beach–Sight

Wild, wooded, and undeveloped, this 7½-mile-long barrier island, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, is made even more magical by...

Somerset Place

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Drive about an hour inland to see one of North Carolina's best preserved historic plantations, 52 miles west of Nags Head on Highway...

Southport–Fort Fisher Ferry

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

If you're approaching the town from Kure Beach and Fort Fisher via U.S. 421, the state-operated car ferry provides a river ride between...

The Whalehead Club

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This 21,000-square-foot monument to gracious living was built in the 1920s as the private residence of a northern couple attracted by...

Tryon Palace

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This elegant reconstructed 1770 Georgian building was the colonial capitol and originally the home of Royal Governor William Tryon. The...

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

On the west bank of Cape Fear River, take a self-guided tour of a ship that participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific...

Wright Brothers National Memorial

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

One of the most popular photo sites on the Outer Banks, 5 miles south of Kitty Hawk, this 60-foot granite airplane's tail stands as a...

Wrightsville Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Clean, wide beaches here provide the setting for all sorts of water sports. Surfers dominate fine morning waves while newbies take lessons...

Zebulon Latimer House

  • Historic District/Site

Built in 1852 in the Italianate style, this home museum, with 600 Victorian items in its collection, is a reminder of opulent antebellum...


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