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Driving the entire coast. What to see and do?

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Driving the entire coast. What to see and do?

We're driving from Charleston, SC along the coast, up to Washington DC. What should we see and do in NC? What's a fun and unique thing to do? What can't be missed? I would love to hear some ideas.

We may end up turning West and going to Raleigh as we have some family in Cary, NC. So anything in that area would be good, too.


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1. Re: Driving the entire coast. What to see and do?

You can't drive the entire coast. You can "hug" the NC coast with Route 17 from South Carolina through Wimington. Near Jacksonville, you can get onto 42 through Swansboro and drive Emerald Isle up through Atlantic Beach, but it may not be very interesting as you will just be going through beach-side communities. From there, you can jump off island through Morehead City/Beaufort and up 70 to Cedar Island. Here is where it gets interesting as you can actually take the ferries to Ocracoke and then to Hattaras Island, up 12 through the Outer Banks. This leg you are truly driving along the coast. You will only be able to take 12 to Kitty Hawk area. If you go north of there to Duck, Corolla, etc. you will dead-end, as there is no outlet into Virginia.

Things to do-list off top of my head, but not EVERYTHING:

Wilmington - USS North Carolina

Antiques in Swansboro

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (between Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach)

Fort Macon at northern tip of island past Atlantic Beach


Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras Ntl. Seashore

Wright Brothers National Mem. Park

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2. Re: Driving the entire coast. What to see and do?

Don't forget to take the ferry on Cedar Island to Ocracoke and then drive all the way north on the outer banks.

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