North Carolina Coast

Troubles can’t find you in a place this beautiful. With more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and dozens of enchanting small towns, the unspoiled landscape of the North Carolina coast is made for recreation. Explore lighthouses on the beaches, rivers and sounds. Tee it up on world-class golf courses. Taste superb seafood caught the same day. See the splendor of wild horses and native wildlife in scenic settings. Explore sites imbued with Revolutionary and Civil War history, or just relish the sand between your toes.


You can’t throw a seashell on the North Carolina coast without hitting an historic landmark. From Civil War sites and museums, historic homes and a remarkable collection of celebrated lighthouses to the birthplace of aviation and the Battleship North Carolina, the history of the North Carolina coast is rich and varied.

Family Friendly

From scuba diving, fishing, boating or just splashing around the shoreline to a nationally recognized aquarium, go-cart tracks, bicycle rentals, putt-putt and horseback riding, families can create treasured memories both in the water and on land.


Nature is an amazing part of what makes North Carolina unique. From birds and butterflies, to dolphins, marsh rabbits and dazzling flowers and grasses, everyone is sure to be astounded by nature's majesty on the shores, in wetlands and marshes, along riverbanks and on the land. Tours of natural areas are offered by many tour groups and organizations.

Popular Destination

Tens of thousands of people flock to the North Carolina coast each year to enjoy the numerous pristine beaches and calm ocean waters as well as the varied attractions and recreational opportunities. Few areas of the country have as diverse a collection of historic sights, delectable food, natural beauty and chances for adventure as the North Carolina coast, making it an especially popular travel destination.

Area Attractions

From family friendly beaches, anglers’ paradises, wild horses running free along the shore and Blackbeard’s haunts to Calabash seafood, barbecue and premier shopping, there is something for everyone on the North
Carolina coast.

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