North Carolina Aquarium

Sharks and jellyfish and their aquatic kin show their true beauty in underwater habitats at the North Carolina Aquarium, while trails and boat tours lead to the watery world outdoors.

Ocracoke Island

On this remote island, you’ll find a historic village that is the home of one of America’s most unique local communities, as well as some serious water sports and walking opportunities.

Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground

Even if it weren’t the final resting place of the “Little Girl Buried in a Barrel of Rum,” this little churchyard would still be one of the prettiest and most interesting cemeteries in the South.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Here at the site of the Lost Colony, the mysterious first chapter of English settlement in the new World unfolded in the 1580s.

Tryon Palace

The splendid and, in its day, controversial seat of colonial government in North Carolina is reconstructed in New Bern’s historic district, a significant destination worthy of a whole day’s leisurely exploration.

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[column size=”three-fourth” last=”true”]Hungry for more? Don’t forget to check out the Cape Lookout National Seashore—home to wild horses and turtle nests—or the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, which tells the lives of past generations of Down Easterners. The Great Dismal Swamp is a natural wonder straddling the Virginia-Carolina line, and the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge attracts migratory birds by the tens of thousands.

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