America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

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Bill Russ / Courtesy of NC Tourism

From towering Pacific Northwest sea stacks to mile upon mile of mirage-like tidal flats, these 10 littoral landscapes take ocean views to a new level.

Shackleford Banks, NC

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You don’t have to be starring in a Clint Eastwood western to camp amid wild horses: on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—a string of spaghetti-skinny barrier islands skirting the state’s east coast—that’s just your standard vacation. The best place to pitch your tent is on the golden sands of secluded Shackleford Banks, on the Cape Lookout National Seashore, where more than 100 ponies roam among the dunes, snacking on seagrass and lazing in the surf. Legend has it they’re descendants of Spanish mustangs that escaped a shipwreck.

Insider Tip: Take the 15- to 20-minute ferry from Morehead City ($15 round-trip; crystalcoastferry.com), Beaufort ($15; islandferryadventures.com), or Harkers Island ($10-$20; capelookoutferry.com) to reach the uninhabited 2,500-acre island, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore’s Crystal Coast.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

Shackleford Banks, NC

You don’t have to be starring in a Clint Eastwood western to camp amid wild horses: on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—a string of spaghetti-skinny barrier islands skirting the state’s east coast—that’s just your standard vacation. The best place to pitch your tent is on the golden sands of secluded Shackleford Banks, on the Cape Lookout National Seashore, where more than 100 ponies roam among the dunes, snacking on seagrass and lazing in the surf. Legend has it they’re descendants of Spanish mustangs that escaped a shipwreck.

Insider Tip: Take the 15- to 20-minute ferry from Morehead City ($15 round-trip; crystalcoastferry.com), Beaufort ($15; islandferryadventures.com), or Harkers Island ($10-$20; capelookoutferry.com) to reach the uninhabited 2,500-acre island, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore’s Crystal Coast.

Bill Russ / Courtesy of NC Tourism
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