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

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Airlie Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Designed first as a European-style garden showcasing plants in all four seasons, Airlie is a glorious example of what conservation, restoration...

Beaufort Historic Site

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In the center of town, the historic site consists of 10 buildings dating from 1732 to 1859, eight of which have been restored, including...

Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

  • Store/Shop/Mall

In honor of the soda's 100th anniversary in 1998, the local bottling company opened the Birthplace in the same corner store where teacher-turned...

Bodie Island Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Designer Dexter Stetson was also the brains behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which explains why the two look so much alike. Bodie,...

British Cemetery

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On May 11, 1942, the HMS Bedfordshire, an armed British trawler on loan to the United States, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and...

Brunswick Town State Historic Site

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About 10 miles north of Southport, you can explore the ruins and excavations of a colonial town and see the Civil War earthworks of Fort...

Burgwin-Wright Museum House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The Georgian style house General Cornwallis used as his headquarters in April 1781 was built in 1770 on the foundations of a jail. After...

Cameron Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Formerly known as the St. John's Museum of Art, the Cameron, 4 miles south of downtown, is dedicated to the fine arts and crafts of North...

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

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Trace the natural, cultural, and social history of the lower Cape Fear region from its beginnings to the present in the oldest continuously...

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Authorized by Congress in 1794 to help prevent shipwrecks, this was the first lighthouse built in the region. The original structure...

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