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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. British Cemetery

    Ocracoke Village | Cemetery

    On May 11, 1942, the HMS Bedfordshire, an armed British trawler on loan to the United States, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank with...Read More

  • 15. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    About 10 miles north of Southport, you can explore the ruins and excavations of a colonial town and see the Civil War earthworks of Fort Anderson...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Elizabethan Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The lush gardens, 3 miles north of downtown Manteo, are a 10-acre re-creation of 16th-century English gardens, established as an elaborate memorial...Read More

  • 18. Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum

    Ocracoke Village | House/Mansion/Villa

    Run by the local preservation society, the museum is located in a restored American Foursquare house built more than 100 years ago. It was moved...Read More

  • 19. Poplar Grove Historic Plantation

    North Metro | House/Mansion/Villa

    Take a tour of what was once a major peanut and sweet potato farm in North Carolina, with an 1850 Greek revival manor house and its outbuildings...Read More

  • 20. 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

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