Southern Living readers vote Corolla, NC as the #5 Best Family Getaway in its 2022 ‘South’s Best’ awards issue

The sixth annual Southern Living ‘South’s Best awards issue (April 2022) hit newsstands recently and Corolla, North Carolina has landed in the #5 spot for Best Family Getaway destination in the South, as voted by the publication’s readers.

This annual ‘South’s Best’ issue celebrates the people, places, and communities that make the South more vibrant than ever. Touted as its “most comprehensive list yet,” Southern Living introduced three new categories in 2022—including family getaways—that appeal to a wider variety of interests, at the suggestion of its readers. Corolla’s inclusion on this list marks the only North Carolina destination represented.

THE SOUTH’S BEST FAMILY GETAWAYS as voted by Southern Living readers: 
1. Orlando, FL
2. Pigeon Forge, TN
3. Gulf Shores, AL
4. Myrtle Beach, SC
5. Corolla, NC
6. Pensacola, FL
7. Chattanooga, TN
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Virginia Beach, VA
10. South Padre Island, TX

The greater Outer Banks area, as well as regional North Carolina coastal neighbors, also landed in other Top categories:

Top 10 Scenic Drives (#6 – Outer Banks Scenic Byway)
Top 20 Beach Towns (#7 – Wrightsville Beach, NC; #9 – Ocracoke, NC)

For a complete look at all the 2022 ‘South’s Best’ categories and rankings, visit

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The quaint coastal community of Corolla, NC is one of the most sought-after family vacation destinations on the East Coast. Twenty-four miles of windswept remote beaches, legendary wild horses, iconic historical sites, rich wildlife, the freshest coastal cuisine, and the finest accommodations await you in Corolla, NC on the Currituck Outer Banks.