The Coastal Plain along the eastern coastline of North Carolina is a charming family-orientated vacation rental destination, and acts as the perfect getaway from the contrasting nature of a helter-skelter metropolitan lifestyle. There is plenty to immerse yourself with, as visitors are acquainted with areas of natural beauty and activities that underline the region’s deep maritime heritage.
One of the most populated tourist resorts is on the central coastline, with the Crystal Coast tailored to the summer months. Many holiday homes can be found in this area, with owners merely using their accommodation for the holiday season. All of these small coastal towns retain a charming personality.
The secluded nature of the North Carolina coast is such that many of the seaside resorts have populations in the low thousands. For a carefree leisure vacation, this region needs serious consideration. Vacation rental houses and condos offer unrivalled ocean views and ultimate privacy. Wake up to the smell of the Atlantic and relax and unwind.
The coastal region of North Carolina is home to some stunning beaches, sleepy fishing villages, and the unique feature of an 175-mile long ribbon of islands jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, running parallel to the shoreline and grimly known as “the graveyard of the Atlantic”, and full of quaint little towns and state parks.
It is one of the best fishing areas in the whole of the USA and you can catch channel bass in the spring, whiting and Spanish mackerel in the winter, and bluefish in the autumn. There are fishing boats for hire if you want to go deep sea fishing, but if you just want to fish from land, you will find a coastal area full of jetties and piers perfect with some perfect spots for fishing. It is estimated that 25% of all Atlantic Piers are on this stretch of North Carolina.
Wilmington is the largest city on the coast and the chief port of North Carolina and the main point of interest here is the fact it boasts one of the largest districts registered in the National Register of Historic Places – basically it goes to great lengths to preserve its old buildings and residential houses, thus offering a splendid insight into the history of the state. It also has the rare distinction to host the production of more than 400 movies features and TV movies in the last 30 years, earning itself the nickname “Hollywood East”. If you book into a North Carolina Coastal vacation rental home and head for Wilmington, you will find that there are many museums and galleries, some historic preserved plantations, a performing arts center, the fantastic Airley Gardens with a great butterfly house, a Seprentarium, and, of course, a theme park, albeit a small one.
Nag’s Head is the other significant town along the coast and the great thing about it is that it is bereft of high-rise condominiums. Instead it has Jockey’s Ridge, a high-rise sand dune which you can to the top of and enjoy the magnificent views it affords you of the ocean the surrounding areas, or watch the various hang-gliders and kite flyers. It also has a hiking trail that sets off from the backside of it which goes through a great maritime forest, again, best seen in the autumn. The town also has many modest but fantastic seafood restaurants serving the local specialties, like the Hatteras-style clam chowder and deep-fried hush puppies, a rustic, romantic fishing pier, a funfair with a go-kart track, a Seaside Art Gallery with many diverse pieces in its many rooms, and a links golf course.
But the real jewel of the coastal area has to be the series of islands off the coast. Ocracoke Island, rumoured to be Blackbeard’s last headquarters, is a quiet fishing village which has seen an influx of tourism in the last few years and so has started to accommodate with the springing up of more restaurants and souvenir shops. On its outskirts you will find the preserved ghost town of Portsmouth, with its church, general store, and quaint old buildings still standing and in tact. A greaqt day out would be to go across to the most northern island off the coast from Nag’s Head, and then go from island to island, and see the various things on offer, from the little beach town of Corolla, to the Wright Brothers (who launched the aviation age along this coast) National Memorial, to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, a landscaped park and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and its myriad of avian roosting places.
If you book into a North Carolina Coastal vacation rental home along the coastal area, you will find a variety of different things to do, although you may have to take day trips to see it all. You will also find that there are ample opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, and birding.
The inland of North Carolina is dominated by the city of Charleston and some significant towns like Greensboro and Hickory.
Charlotte is a large metropolis with plenty of skyscrapers which sit alongside its numerous historical points of interest and monuments. If you book a North Carolina Heartland vacation rental home near or in the city you could visit the old historical Trade Street, the original site where old trading routes intersected and were thus used by Indian tribes to meet and exchange goods, the very famous Mint Museum of Art, occupying more than 80,000 square feet and having the distinction of being the oldest art museum in North Carolina, home to some of the greatest collections of American, Pre-Columbian and European art and artifacts, the Charlotte Botanical Gardens, a two storey tropical rainforest perfect for exploring the areas flora and fauna, and, finally, the best of the lot, the Discovery Place, a hands-on interactive science museum which is great fun for the whole family. Downtown Charlotte is the place to go and eat and experience the specialty of the south, the barbeque, done to perfection in Charlotte, and especially the ribs which are known to be the best ribs in the south.
Greenboro is the 3rd largest city in the state and was the location of a significant battle which helped weaken the British armies in the War of Independence, as well as always having been a major hub for racial integration during the 20th Century. One of the main attractions in the city is the famous Greensboro Coliseum which hosts most major North Carolina events, from country music concerts and rock festivals, to basketball and other sporting events, and another is the Greensboro Historical Museum, which houses an excellent collection of artifacts from local Native American Indians and early settlers. In the nearby town of Randleman you will also find the interesting Richard Petty Museum, dedicated to the memory of the great NASCAR racing driver and full of memorabilia and souvenirs to take back to your North Carolina Heartland vacation rental home.
This part of the state also has the hydroelectric reservoir of Gaston Lake, popular for fishing and other water recreation like boating, water skiing and wakeboarding, with several attractive waterfront vacation homes offering respite from the bigger cities nearby. There is also Hickory Town, which was supposedly first sprung from a tavern built under a huge Hickory tree, with its 100 historical buildings, including Murray’s Hill where you can see and experience life and commerce as it was generations ago. This is also the place to buy your furniture from and it has an area which is known as 20 miles of furniture, full of shops selling, yes, furniture.
The inland of North Carolina is not a scenic part of the state but is a great place to explore the history of the state and get a glimpse of life in years gone by.