North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina offers plenty for visitors to enjoy. Here, you will find the highest mountain in the eastern United States, for example, as well as national forests and parks that have little trouble impressing. You will also find some of the country's most spectacular beaches, and it is perhaps the state's strips of sand that are most responsible for drawing tourists in. Add in the fun and lively cities, such as the largest city of Charlotte and the college town and capital of Raleigh, and it only becomes clearer that this is a state that can satisfy a range of vacation desires.

In western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains rise high into the sky. Mt. Mitchell, which reaches an altitude of 6,684 feet above sea level, is the tallest mountain in the state, and it helps to attract people to the beautiful city of Asheville. Heading east into the foothills, you come to find larger metropolitan areas and vibrant college towns. These metropolitan areas and college towns in the middle of the state include Charlotte, Winston Salem-Greensboro, and Raleigh-Durham. While these are top draws, they are miles from the coast.

The North Carolina beaches extend for some 300 miles along the state's east coast, and they are mostly of unspoiled. The pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore is home to many of the finest, though it isn't the only area worth considering when planning your NC beach escape. The Kill Devil Hills-Nags Head area offers proximity to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, as well as its own beaches that delight with various facilities, attractions, and water sports activity options. Other areas such as the Crystal Coast and Topsail are also extremely popular with beach enthusiasts, especially during summertime, and the Cape Fear area boasts Wilmington Beach and inviting islands such as the upscale Bald Head Island.

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Wrightsville Beach Hotels

Wrightsville Beach Hotels

The Wrightsville Beach hotels provide visitors to the Cape Fear area in North Carolina with some tantalizing lodging options. Of course, the main perk of these hotels is the proximity that they offer to a delightful, mile-long beach. Also within easy reach of the oceanfront hotels in Wrightsville Beach is a fantastic fishing pier, and […]

Carolina Beach Hotels

Carolina Beach Hotels

As summer approaches, many travelers turn their attention to the North Carolina coast. The Tar Heel State has some of the best beaches on the eastern seaboard, and activity options abound in most of the coastal tourism hot spots. One such hot spot is Carolina Beach. In this seaside resort,  swimming, kayaking, boating and fishing […]

Rodanthe Beaches

Rodanthe Beaches

Rodanthe the charming island community along the Outer Banks may best be known from the novel by Nicolas Sparks—or perhaps the movie starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Many also know Rodanthe as home to some of the best beaches under the sun. The town on Hatteras Island has the distinction of being the easternmost […]

Ocracoke Island Beaches

Ocracoke Island Beaches

Ocracoke Island has pristine beaches and a wild and wooly past. On the same beach where pirates once ran aground, families and others make their way to the North Carolina coast to enjoy the sun and scenery. The entire island is a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is accessible only by ferry. […]

Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach is nestled on a barrier island in the southern tip of the North Carolina shoreline. Year-round, this family-friendly resort town has a few hundred residents, but when you add in the number of visitors, the population swells. Some of these are daytrippers adding some beach time to their Wilmington or Myrtle Beach […]

Kure Beach

Kure Beach

Kure Beach, a part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, looks much like the beach of your dreams might. There’s a wide stretch of sandy shores, lapped by gently rolling waves—all bordered by a pier, a perfect place to watch the sun set, and many North Carolina beach photos highlight this beautiful aspect of the area. […]

Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach

Topsail Island is a 26-mile-long barrier island long on the North Carolina coast, nestled as close to Wilmington as it is to Jacksonville—the one in North Carolina, not Florida. Few islands anywhere boast as beautiful scenery or such an interesting story. The very beginnings of the US space program took place here after World War […]

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach NC, with three miles of beautiful beaches, is located off the mainland on a small island close to the South Carolina line. Sunset, which neighbors Ocean Isle Beach, and the others of the Brunswick Islands, feel off the beaten path, but are never isolated. With hotels, restaurants, and plenty of things to do, […]

Holden Beach

Holden Beach

Holden Beach is a quiet little hamlet along the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. With pristine beaches and unspoiled natural areas—the island is both a family-friendly destination and a naturalist’s dream. You won’t find high rises and neon lights here—in fact, a city ordinance requires that no building exceed 35 feet. What […]

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island may have an unusual name, but it is home to the kind of beaches typical of the North Carolina coast. The state’s southernmost barrier island is home to more than fourteen miles of beaches and a lush maritime forest. This scenic island lies at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, which […]