From Scotch bonnets and sand dollars to sea glass and shark teeth, North Carolina is a beachcomber’s paradise.
5 Sunset Sails to Take This Summer
From the deck of a boat, a sunset over the water is even more spectacular. With gentle waves as the stage, charismatic captains as the cast, and an orange glow as the backdrop, these evening cruises put on a show that’s sure to impress.
23 Breathtaking Views on the Carolina Coast
At the top of the loftiest lighthouse, on sugar-sand beaches, beneath ancient live oaks twisting their knobby arms toward the sun, and from coastal cottages perched in the dunes, the North Carolina coast offers endless beauty on the edge of the earth.
Road Trip: 10 Stops Along the Crystal Coast
From serene sea-kayaking to local shopping and dining, plan a diverse route through the state’s southern Outer Banks.
North Carolina’s 7 Lighthouses
Take a trip down the North Carolina coast to see our seven towering landmarks: Once guiding lights for sailing ships, they now serve as beacons of coastal beauty and history.
The 1960s: How Cape Lookout Became a National Seashore
By 1965, the diamond-patterned lighthouse has helped keep seafarers safe for more than a century. Now, a new kind of coastal protection takes shape for the pristine stretch of the Outer Banks.
Keepers of the Light
There are no bridges to Cape Lookout, no roads along the 56 miles of islands. In the seven years that Ron and Joan Preloger have come here to watch over its iconic lighthouse, they’ve survived raging storms and swarms of stinkbugs. They wouldn’t have it any other way.
How One Woman Saved the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks
Wild horses have roamed this small barrier island for centuries. When they were in danger of being wiped out, a woman who knew nearly nothing about horses rounded up experts, facts, and moxie to save them.
Crab Pot Creation
With a name like Nick, this Down East businessman may have been destined to invent a new kind of Christmas tree.