Morehead City

Shops and restaurants along the waterfront

Morehead City is the largest town in the Crystal Coast region of North Carolina, with a population of 7,691 (as of 2000). Morehead (as it is usually called) is not actually in the Outer Banks, being situated on the opposite shore of the Bogue Sound from Atlantic Beach, and is the main gateway to the island of Bogue Banks.

Get in

Visitors will enter the city by car via US-70, which runs directly through downtown Morehead. It's a straight shot from Greensboro or Raleigh. you can also get here using Hwy-24.

Get around

There is no public transportation system in Morehead City; you'll need a car to get much of anywhere, although there are a number of reliable taxi companies in the area. The main downtown thoroughfare is Arendell Street (pronounced "uh-REN-dull"; IPA [(IPA: ə).'r(IPA: ʌ)n.d(IPA: ə)l]).

The bus station is located at 105 N 13th Street (+1 252-726-3029) if you want to catch a ride to other towns in the area; you'll need to call the Carteret County Area Transportation System at 252-240-1043 for a reservation ahead of time. Tickets start at $2.50.



Morehead also hosts several festivals during the year:


There's nothing especially unique to Morehead City; if you want beach souvenirs, you'd be better off trying Atlantic Beach or Emerald Isle. However, there are quite a few nice gift shops and galleries around town.




Two bed-and-breakfasts are also located in Morehead:

Go next

The Crystal Coast area has a variety of other areas to visit:

Further afield, there are some interesting destinations for daytrips:

Routes through Morehead City

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