View of the lamp at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Photo © Kenneth Keifer/123rf.

Historic Lighthouses of North Carolina

North Caroline’s historic lighthouses—some still in operation—are popular destinations for visitors. Most are open for climbing and offer fantastic views. The following are some of the state’s favorites.

A picturesque pier in North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Where to Go in North Carolina

If you have a weekend, pick one special natural area to explore: the Outer Banks, beaches near Wilmington, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here’s an overview of the different regions of North Carolina to help you plan your trip.

The Cape Fear River in North Carolina's Raven Rock State Park.

Touring the Sandy Lowlands: Barbecue, Antiques, and More

Between the Triangle and the beaches are a band of small towns like Wilson which continue to be culturally vital, architecturally interesting, and full of good places to browse for antiques and to gobble up barbecue. Here’s a quick look at the Sandy Lowland’s towns and state parks.

Moon North Carolina Coast

North Carolina resident and local writer Jason Frye offers his unique perspective on the North Carolina Coast, from beach-combing and bird-watching on the Outer Banks to exploring the culture closer to the mainland. Filled with exciting outdoor excursions—like golfing in Nags Head and hiking in the Croatan National Forest—as well as information on choosing the […]

View of a squat white-washed lighthouse with a two-story keeper's house surrounded by a white picket fence.

Discover North Carolina: A Captivating State

North Carolina has a way of getting to you, and it happens in an instant. This quick overview will inspire you to visit the state, encouraging you to explore everything from the coastline to the gentle peaks of the Smoky Mountains.

The Reel Deal at manna (pan-roasted flounder served over kale)

Five Meals You Can’t Miss in North Carolina

In the 12 years since author Jason Frye moved to North Carolina, he’s eaten in just about every county and corner of the state. Whether he’s ordering Spanish tapas with a Southern twist, traditional barbecue with vegetarian options, or inventive dishes that play with local flavors, here are five spots where Frye’s had meals that kept him coming back for more.