Regional Guide

Basecamps - Outer Banks

Outer Banks
The land where England first tried to colonize America, the Outer Banks, still keeps the visitors coming. Home to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first powered flight, and timeless beauty, the Outer Banks have become one of the country's favorite destinations to slow down. Of course, there's ample opportunity for fun under the North Carolina sun. With sport fishing, road biking, sea kayaking, surfing, and hang gliding, you'll can choose whether to turn it on or just chill out.

Cape Fear
The name alone may attract your macabre sensibilities to this coastal community near the South Carolina border, but you won't be the only one drawn to the region. Hollywood's been coming here for years. Surprisingly, only Los Angeles and New York top Cape Fear in cinematic productivity. The surrounding Wilmington area, once the city, offers even more cultural events.

Croatan National Forest
The coastal south doesn't receive as much praise as the Outer Banks or the "Hollywood of the East," but that's exactly what's attractive about it. With the best mountain biking east of the Piedmont region, a network of hiking trails, and an abundant diversity of plant and animal life, wilderness lovers can't fail in and around Croatan National Forest.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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