The North Carolina Coast

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

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  • 1. Battleship North Carolina Memorial

    Downtown | Military Site

    On the west bank of Cape Fear River, across the river from downtown, take a self-guided tour of a ship that participated in every major naval...Read More

  • 2. Beaufort Historic Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 3. Bodie Island Light Station

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The original Bodie (pronounced "body") lighthouse was constructed in 1847 but had to be abandoned in 1859 because of structural issues; the...Read More

  • 4. Cameron Art Museum

    South Metro | 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 Carolina...Read More

  • 5. 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 was lost...Read More

  • 6. Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    When the original 1812 lighthouse proved too short and unstable, the 1859 structure was built to replace it. The double walls allow the tower...Read More

  • 7. Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

    Historic District/Site

    The restored lifesaving station is now a museum that tells the story of the brave people who manned 29 stations that once lined the Outer Banks...Read More

  • 8. Currituck Beach Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The 1875 lighthouse was built from nearly 1 million bricks, which remained unpainted. Except in high winds or thunderstorms, or during winter...Read More

  • 9. Fort Fisher State Historic Site

    Military Site

    This is one of the South's largest and most important earthworks fortifications from the Civil War, so tough it was known as the Southern Gibraltar...Read More

  • 10. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. The site has...Read More

  • 11. Jennette's Pier

    Beach–Sight

    Built in 1939, Jennette's Pier was North Carolina's oldest wooden ocean-fishing pier until 2003 when Hurricane Isabel knocked it down. In 2009...Read More

  • 12. North Carolina Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An exhibit about the infamous pirate Blackbeard includes artifacts recovered from the discovery of his flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, near...Read More

  • 13. Ocracoke Island Beaches

    Beach–Sight

    The 16 miles of undeveloped shoreline here are often considered some of the best beaches in America. These beaches are among the least populated...Read More

  • 14. Ocracoke Light Station

    Ocracoke Village | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This lighthouse is a photographer's dream. Built in 1823, it's the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States (Sandy Hook, New...Read More

  • 15. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This refuge, at the north end of Hatteras Island, consists of 5,834 acres of marsh on the Atlantic Flyway, plus 25,700 acres of refuge waters...Read More

  • 16. 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. Route 421, the state-operated year-round car ferry provides a 35-minute...Read More

  • 17. Tryon Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 18. Wright Brothers National Memorial

    Museum/Gallery

    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 tribute...Read More

  • 19. Airlie Gardens

    Midtown | Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 20. 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...Read More

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