Behind the Scenes of 'Beauty Here'

North Carolina is known for its scenic beauty and memorable places to visit. To find out more about each of the locations featured in our "Beauty Here" commercial, read on.

Jolly Roger Pier (opening image)

Topsail Beach
Named for the pirates who used this barrier island for cover, Topsail Beach offers visitors a modern-day hideaway. Enjoy a quiet, family-friendly vacation spot or learn about the loggerhead turtles that nest here at the The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue Center.

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North Carolina's Ocean Piers
Topsail Area

The Swag (starting at 0:07, closing image)

This country guest house hotel - open seasonally from late April to late November - offers luxurious and secluded accommodations with welcoming, family-style meals included. You’ll also enjoy miles and miles of hiking trails weaving in and out of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Romantic Escapes in North Carolina
The Swag Accommodations Listing

Lea Island Marshes (starting at 0:15)

Topsail Beach
See native waterbirds and fish as you explore the marshes and inlets by kayak or boat. During low tide, watch the sunset from the many sand bars that dot the southern tip of the island, or from the large windows overlooking the sound from the Breezeway Restaurant.

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Lea Island, Bird Sanctuary

High Falls (starting at 0:20)

Cedar Mountain
Feel the mist of High Falls from up-close – or pack a picnic to sit under the shade and watch the falls in full view. Snap a picture at the covered bridge or check out the nearby waterfalls that were featured in The Hunger Games. High Falls is located in DuPont State Recreational Forest, about an hour south of Asheville.

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Waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest
Go Behind the Scenes of The Hunger Games

Looking Glass Falls (starting at 0:25)

This waterfall in Pisgah National Forest - about 45 minutes southwest of Asheville - is easy to access right off the main road. The area features clear streams where you might spot hikers’ rock formations. Try Moore Cove Falls just a little north for a short hike and a waterfall you can walk behind.

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Pinehurst No. 4 (starting at 0:27)

Pinehurst Course No. 4 is among nine golf courses at the world-renowned Pinehurst Resort. It’s one of 43 challenging layouts in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area - not surprisingly known as the Home of American Golf.

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Pinehurst Resort - Pinehurst No. 4 Golf Course Listing

Black Balsam Knob (starting at 0:30)

Milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
This area of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers breathtaking 360-degree views. It’s the perfect place to hike all day, then sleep under the stars. If you’re here during the summer, bring an empty container to pick and enjoy wild blueberries.

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Hiking Getaway: Cold Mountain and Asheville
Hiking in North Carolina

Topsail Beach (starting at 0:41)

Topsail Island
Unwind with family along the wide, quiet beachfront or explore the marshes along the barrier island from your kayak. Topsail’s legendary pirate history is always on display — from its landmark Jolly Roger Pier to items on display at the Missiles and More Museum.

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Pirate Tours and Hideouts
North Carolina Beaches

Kalawi Farms and Ben's Ice Cream (starting at 0:49)

Eagle Springs
Don’t leave this friendly roadside stand without the peach ice cream, and peach bread, and peach salsa, and peach preserves. This Sandhills staple just northwest of Pinehurst also is a great spot to enjoy fun family activities in the fall.

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Pick-Your-Own Farms and Roadside Stands
Pinehurst & the Sandhills

Sycamore Brewing (starting at 0:52)

The Charlotte area shines as a beer destination with three dozen breweries. Enjoy award-winning, small-batch beer at South End’s Sycamore Brewing. Choose from 28 taps, and then sit back and enjoy in the brewery’s expansive beer garden.

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