History and nature abide in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain. It was here that the Wright brothers launched the first successful airplane flight, and their accomplishment is commemorated at the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks. This rustic island paradise also is known for pristine, white-sand beaches, the Hatteras Lighthouse and wild horses at Corolla. On the mainland, get a taste of Colonial Living at Beaufort, a coastal community with lots of historic sites. Racing fans can catch the NASCAR action at Rockingham Speedway. Southern charm endures in Edenton, a quaint town boasting brick sidewalks, historic homes and tree-lined streets.
Central North Carolina’s Piedmont region is home to charming small towns and dynamic urban centers, providing snowbirds with ample opportunities for exploration. Entertainment and cultural attractions abound in the larger cities of Greensboro and Raleigh, while Chapel Hill and Durham are energetic college towns. In this NASCAR epicenter, race fans can hit the tracks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway or experience the sport’s history at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Golf fans won’t want to miss the renowned greens of the Pinehurst Resort. Take a break and explore the natural beauty of the Piedmont region with visits to the Eno River or Morrow Mountain State Parks.