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

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Northern Beaches 4

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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...

Cape Lookout Beach

  • Beach–Sight

White sand beaches, blue-green waters, and a tall lighthouse mark this quiet beach at the southern tip of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Carolina Beach

  • Beach–Sight

With ice-cream cones and paddleboats, flashing arcade lights and seashell souvenirs, Carolina Beach's old-fashioned boardwalk is steeped...

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Historic District/Site

Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. Be...

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

  • Museum/Gallery

A nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts fills the museum. Galleries display native art from across the United...

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.

Jockey's Ridge State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The 420 acres of this park encompass the tallest sand dune on the East Coast (about 80 to 100 feet). Walk along the 360-foot boardwalk...

Kure Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Family memories are made on tall ocean piers where kids reel in their first big catches. You can kiteboard over the big blue sea or scuba...

Nags Head Beaches

  • Beach–Sight

Forty-one public beach access points make Nags Head the perfect place to hit the shore, no matter what your needs may be. Access points...


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