Discover the Southeast Region
This 12-county region provides direct access to much of the North Carolina beachfront. Home to three U.S. military bases, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune and the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, together comprising the largest employer east of Interstate 95, the Southeast region has a deeply-rooted history of honor and pride. The communities in this region have been actively revitalizing their downtowns for more than 30 years, and that has resulted in vibrant districts where people live, work, play, and explore beautifully renovated buildings and walkable streetscapes that draw visitors. The downtown districts also boast some of the state’s finest chefs preparing regional cuisine, including Eastern North Carolina style barbecue, Calabash style seafood, North Carolina oysters, and the fresh catch of the day. Pepsi-Cola was invented in this region, so kick back and have a soft drink. The Southeast region has a rich railroad and cargo shipping history, agricultural base, boating culture, and is a nature’s playground for rest, relaxation, and entertainment by the water. The region also serves as the backdrop for many film and television shows. Explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore and Tryon Palace, the first capital of the Colony of North Carolina; follow the NC Oyster Trail; and experience beach music and the jazz, blues, and gospel sounds of the African American Music Trail. There is much to discover. The Southeast region is calling you.