• Sunset Beach

    North Carolina’s southern-most beach town celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Even the sand seems to like the place.

  • Glimpse Behind the Fish Tanks

    The state aquarium at Fort Fisher offers behind-the-scenes tours that bring you nose-to-nose with all kinds of sea critters, like this porcupine puffer.

  • Insect Safari in the Dismal Swamp

    A visit to the Dismal Swamp State Park yields many stories and sights, including a myriad of six- and eight-legged critters, as seen during a recent state park’s “Insect Safari.”

  • Cape Lookout

    Come visit one of the three great capes that punctuate the N.C. coast. Here, you’ll find an amazing array of wildlife, great fishing, unique history and a breathtaking view from atop the famous lighthouse.

  • Now, This Is a Serious Beach Walk

    Cathy and Peter Meyer of Wilmington take long beach walks to another level. They plan to walk the entire length of the N.C. coast and write about their experiences in a series of e-books.

  • Seashell Bounty

    Take some time on this holiday weekend to comb North Carolina’s beaches for their bounty of seashells. We offer some tips.

  • Take a Drive to See Bears

    The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge offers guided drives this summer to view black bears. More bears live in the refuge than in just about any other place on the East Coast.

  • Kayaking Calico Creek

    Urban Calico Creek might not be considered a worthy destination by some, but a local paddler makes its case.

  • Shackleford Banks

    Wild horses are among the many natural attractions that make this preserved barrier island near Beaufort worth a visit.

  • Hike the Green Swamp

    The 17,000-acre preserve in Brunswick County is home to numerous species of rare birds, alligators and carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap.

  • Roaming Ocracoke Inlet

    A trip through the inlet feature sites of Civil War forts, Blackbeard’s lair, the deserted village of Portsmouth and baby pelicans on Beacon’s Island.