The Outer Banks of North Carolina are more than a summer destination. The barrier islands of North Carolina are spectacular in spring, when longer days coax the wildflowers into blossom, painting the dunes in vibrant orange, blue, and yellow. Nature’s vernal canvas stretches across the state and down the coast, where spectacular views can be enjoyed on a number of excellent coastal hikes, including the network of paths that make up the Environmental Overlook Trails in Oak Island and the picturesque Tracks in the Sand Trail, accessible through Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Even the marshes on Cedar Island blossom with pink swamp mallow, and can be enjoyed by trails maintained as part of the national wildlife refuge. The Atlantic Ocean has never looked as spectacular, framed by yellow jessamine and dotted horsemint. Don’t take our word for it. Check out our list of seaside accommodations in North Carolina to book the quintessential spring vacation.