Created by local writers and photographers, "Compass American Guides" are the ultimate insider's guides, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of America's most spectacular destinations. Covering everything there is to see and do as well as the best places to stay and eat, these gorgeous full-colour guides are perfect for anyone looking for a real understanding of the region. The Gulf Stream and sunny skies warm North Carolina's 300-mile-long coast for most of the year. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are the main pastimes in the busy port town of Morehead or you can find solitude in the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. Great Smoky National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States, with over 8 million visitors annually and there are endless opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. Old South and New South intersect in North Carolina's Piedmont with its peaceful country roads and sophisticated shopping, eating and cultural resources. Before you leave for North Carolina, be sure to pack your Fodor's guide to make sure you don't miss a thing.