, pop. 7,691 – the main city in the region, and a good base for outings in the area.
, pop. 3,771 – a historic town established in 1713 with many original restored homes and a bustling waterfront.
, pop. 3,488 – family-oriented beaches with lots of cottages for rent.
, pop. 1,781 – a popular beach resort since the 1920s.
, pop. 3,349
, pop. 1,525 – a historic fishing community known for its wooden decoy carving and its littleneck clams.
, pop. 1,426 – quaint downtown shopping and a pleasant riverside.
, pop. 1,214
township in Carteret County, North Carolina
town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States of America
city in North Carolina, USA
town in North Carolina, United States
70, is the area's gateway to the rest of the Outer Banks. You can reach Ocracoke Island from the ferry terminal here; the sea trip is a little over 2 hours.
area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is about 3 hours northwest on US-70.
The Crystal Coast is a scenic and tourist-oriented stretch of beaches and towns in North Carolina, stretching from Emerald Isle in the west to Beaufort and Cape Lookout in the east (although a broader definition includes the area as far west as Swansboro, and as far east as the Pamlico Sound). The islands in this region are considered to be part of the southern Outer Banks.
The nearest major airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU); driving time to Morehead is approximately 3 hours. There are also smaller airports in Jacksonville (1 hour; a taxi from the airport costs around $40), New Bern (1 hour) and Wilmington (2 hours).
If you're driving in from the Raleigh area, US-70 is the most direct route to get to the Crystal Coast.
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