Located at the convergence of the Trent and the Neuse Rivers, New Bern boasts two riverfront streets to leisurely stroll and enjoy the serene moments found in traditional southern towns. In fact, New Bern is North Carolina's second oldest town. It served as the colonial capital of North Carolina and even briefly served as the first state capital after the nation's Independence. With this being said, New Bern's greatest asset is its history. Part of the "Inner Banks", New Bern enjoys traditional tree-lined streets with historic 18th and 19 century homes, many of which are among the nearly 150 sites in New Bern listed within the National Register of Historic Places. No historic residence is more notable than Tryon Palace, the Imperial Govenor William Tryon's residence which was built in 1770. The palace was used as home of the governor and capitol of the colony well into North Carolina's creation as a state post-independence. Later destroyed, in the 1950s the palace was rebuilt and today visitors can follow costumed tour guides through the mansion, three other historic homes and 14 acres of gardens.
New Bern is the "Birthplace of Pepsi Cola" and has a museum to prove it. Other historic sites include Bank of the Arts, an art museum located in a pre-World War I bank, the Firemen's Museum, detailing the history of one of the country's oldest operating fire companies, as well as three historic districts restored back to their original glory. See New Bern's downtown historic district by trolley, by horse-drawn carriage or enjoy a casual stroll through history by foot.
Also deserving a mention here is Croatan National Forest, located only a few miles south of New Bern. This 157,000 acre national forest has been nationally recognized for its abundance of trails and outdoor recreation opportunities.
New Bern accommodations range from chain motels to B & B's in historic homes. Dining options include The Chelsea: A Restaurant and Public House, featuring regional and international cuisine and Pollock Street Restaurant & Deli, with full breakfasts and deli menu. Nightlife includes piano bars, dance clubs and pubs.
New Bern is located 112 miles southeast of Raleigh, NC off US 17 north.