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Spring Travel | Coastal Carolina
ideal-living.com/ventureout A n adventure along the Carolina coast can begin on America’s most beautiful barrier islands, include a tour of historic waterfront towns, and conclude at popular oceanfront destinations, with plenty of new residential communities to check
out along the way.
COASTAL CAROLINA DESTINATIONS TO EXPLORE
THE OUTER BANKS OuterBanks.org
A series of oceanfront islands with unspoiled
beaches and laid-back seaside towns, The
Outer Banks of North Carolina feature
attractions like the inspiring Wright Brothers
Memorial at Kitty Hawk, hang gliding over
Jockey Ridge State Park’s gigantic dunes, the
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island,
and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You can
drive the entire 150-mile stretch, explore the
National Seashore at your leisure and linger in
oceanfront hamlets, then take the ferry ride from
Ocracoke to the mainland.
NEW BERN VisitNewBern.com
This historic riverfront town in North Carolina’s
Inner Banks region features a delightfully
walkable downtown with cafes, galleries, antique
stores, gardens, and the drug store where Pepsi- Cola was invented.
Tryon Palace tours, boating, and kayaking on the surrounding waterways,
and hiking on the nearby Croatan National Forest nature trails are among
the New Bern area’s most popular activities.
Beaufort is the hub of the Crystal Coast area and was named “America’s
Coolest Small Town” by Budget Traveler magazine. The North Carolina
Maritime Museum is located on the Front Street boardwalk, along
with restaurants, bakeries, galleries, and pubs, while water taxis take
nature lovers to the wilds of the Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve and
the Cape Lookout National Seashore.