8 Scenic Drives in North Carolina for Families

North Carolina is home to many scenic routes for families who enjoy road-tripping


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Wilmington Riverwalk

Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com/Chip Henderson

Cape Fear Historic Byway

Length: 8 miles
Region: Coastal

Wilmington, incorporated in 1739, is known for its 19th century urban architecture and is the largest North Carolina coastal city. Discover the Port City with a drive through the historic downtown and enjoy its scenic views of the Cape Fear River. Notable sights include Battleship North Carolina across the river, Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens, the federal courthouse, and the Wilmington Riverwalk, a pedestrian walkway on Water Street that is dotted with a variety of unique shops and restaurants. The byway begins at the intersection of U.S. 74/N.C. 133 and makes several turns on North Front, Red Cross, North Water, South Water and Market streets. For more sightseeing, book a cruise of the Cape Fear River through Cape Fear Riverboats.

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