It’s where Bruce started, so who knows who you might see before they blow up.
Why it’s great: Among the American paradise that is the Outer Banks and the North Carolina's great mainland beaches, Beaufort's history stands out.
Not to be confused with its golf-and-military cousin in South Carolina, this Beaufort was discovered by the legendary pirate Blackbeard when he ran a frigate aground in 1718.
Now you can view artifacts from the wreck of that ship – the Queen Anne’s Revenge – at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, or dive to some unsurfaced wrecks at Crystal Coast.
Don’t leave without: Taking a trip by the White family farm. It’s home to the famous Haystack rocks -- aka that rock from .