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.

Recommended Fodor’s Video

Sort by: 15 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL
Loading...
Loading...
  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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. A...Read More

  • 8. Carolina Beach

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 9. Coquina Beach

    Beach–Sight

    In the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but just a few miles south of Nags Head off North Carolina Highway 12, at mile marker 26, Coquina is...Read More

  • Kure Beach

    10. Kure Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Family memories are made on tall ocean piers where kids reel in their first big catches. You can swim, beachcomb, kiteboard over the big blue...Read More

    Kure Beach
  • 11. Lake Phelps

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    At 16,600 acres, 5 miles across, and about 4 feet deep, Lake Phelps is North Carolina's second-largest natural lake. It's also part of Pettigrew...Read More

  • 12. Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Hyde County's Lake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. Fed only by rainwater and runoff, the lake is 3 feet below sea...Read More

  • 13. Nags Head Beaches

    Beach–Sight

    Forty-three public Atlantic beach access points and five sound-side access points make Nags Head the perfect place to hit the shore, no matter...Read More

  • 14. Portsmouth Village

    Portsmouth Island | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Inhabited from 1753 until the early 1970s, the village listed 685 permanent residents at its peak in 1860, according to the census that year...Read More

  • 15. Shackleford Banks

    Beach–Sight

    Wild, wooded, and undeveloped, this 7½-mile-long barrier island, the southernmost part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, is made even more...Read More

No sights Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

Around the Web