The North Carolina Coast

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

    Information Center

    If you've ever wondered what actually constitutes a national wildlife refuge, this is the place to find out. In a new LEED-certified facility...Read More

  • 6. New Hanover County Arboretum

    Midtown | Garden/Arboretum

    Lose yourself along magnolia-lined natural trails among dozens of varieties of shade-loving camellias on this 7-acre site, 6 miles east of downtown...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

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