Behind the Scenes of ‘Beauty Here’
North Carolina is known for its scenic beauty and memorable places to visit.
Here's what's special about the spots featured in our Beauty Here TV commercial:
1 Jolly Roger Pier
1 Jolly Roger PierTopsail BeachSee on map
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.
2 The Swag
2 The SwagWaynesvilleSee on map
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.
3 Lea Island Marshes
3 Lea Island MarshesTopsail BeachSee on map
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.
4 High Falls
4 High FallsCedar MountainSee on map
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.
5 Looking Glass Falls
5 Looking Glass FallsBrevardSee on map
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.
6 Pinehurst No. 4
7 Black Balsam Knob
7 Black Balsam KnobBlue Ridge Parkway Milepost 420See on map
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.
8 Topsail Beach
8 Topsail BeachTopsail IslandSee on map
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.
9 Kalawi Farms and Ben's Ice Cream
9 Kalawi Farms and Ben's Ice CreamEagle Springs, near PinehurstSee on map
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.
10 Sycamore Brewing
10 Sycamore BrewingCharlotteSee on map
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.