There are few things I love more than historic coastal towns. Whether the New England charm of Newport Rhode Island, the southern hospitality of Charleston or Savannah, or a classic California beach town like Santa Cruz. Fishing boats, quaint shops, beachside rollercoasters, live oaks, I love them all. So naturally, this list drew me in. It’s USA Today’s “Best Coastal Small Towns”.  And one North Carolina coastal small town was actually featured on the list.

This list is part of USA Today’s recently released “10 best” campaign. Readers were able to vote for their favorites in a wide variety of categories. One of those categories was “Best Coastal Small Towns”. I’ve never ventured to the Outer Banks, the home of North Carolinas mention. But this town often gets a lot of love. In fact, it was also included in last year’s iteration of this list. I guess I’ll have to add it to my North Carolina bucket list.  But not just the Carolina towns drew me in. I’d honestly love to visit each town on this list. The picturesque views, calmness of the water, but also diversity of locales and experiences of every town are intriguing.  You’ve got locations from the northeast, west coast, gulf, and the east coast.

View the full article here or keep reading to see which North Carolina town made the US News Best Coastal Small Towns list. I’ve also included some of my favorite small towns in North Carolina and beyond.

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