10 Most Charming Cities in NC. #5 Beaufort. We love visiting: island hop to Cape Lookout Nat'l Seashore, take the double decker bus tour of the town, tour the old village, visit the old graveyard & ghostwalk, lots of cute shops and restaurants, Atlantic Beach and Fort Macon State Park nearby.
Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast—as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water—the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem. The park is also home to a Civil War fort.