Looking through my old posts, I found this one that I'd written in late 2006 but never published.
This past summer when we traveled to the US, I was looking for a good vacation spot somewhere along the east coast, close to Washington DC. We eventually found a nice place to visit in southern Maryland, but on our next trip, the North Carolina beaches will definitely be on our itinerary. I have been to a couple of beaches in North Carolina, when I was in college, and would love to go back to spend some more time again.
North Carolina has 300 miles of shoreline encompassing a wide variety of landscapes, varying from sunny and temperate to marshes and wetlands. Some of the most romantic places to go to are located on the beaches of North Carolina. For history buffs too, there is lots of locations such as Cape Hatteras, that was designated the country's first national seashore in 1953. The Cape was actually discovered by Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian explorer who set out to look for Asia.
The first English settlement in North America was also in North Carolina, on Roanoke Island, situated between the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, where explorers settled in 1585. One of the most popular activities on NC Beaches is fishing, which brings enthusiasts from all over the country. The North Carolina beaches are a perfect mix of family, romantic and sporting activities to provide great vacations.