North Carolina

North Carolina Travel Guide

Every May, a team of 200 actors and designers put together a theatrical imagining of Roanoke’s doomed 16th-century settlement.

Give the family a taste of adventure on the high seas with an hour-long tour that touches on Blackbeard’s history. Expect face-painting, costumes, water cannons, and treasure maps.

Summer squalls churn up everything from tiny, butterfly-like coquinas to Scotch bonnets on the North Point, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where wild horses roam.

Superbly curated emporium of women’s designer clothing and accessories.

Fancy burgers, shrimp and grits

Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery dunes (Kitty Hawk Kites offers three-hour lessons for $100).

Kids will love searching for real emeralds and sapphires at the mines.