Fodor's Expert Review Fort Fisher State Historic 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. The fall of the fort in January 1865, closing the last supply lines for the South, helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. You can explore the restored battery with its reconstructed artillery and follow trails with viewpoints and exhibits. Inside, a range of displays ranges from Civil War relics and a fiber-optic battle map to artifacts from sunken blockade runners, weapons, and exhibits about life at the fort for the soldiers and their families. It's also known for its underwater archaeology sites.