About New Bern

This little town with a big city feel located in North Carolina is the perfect vacation spot! New Bern has everything you could ask for, whether you're looking to relax or seek an adventure. Start looking for your New Bern vacation rental on FlipKey to find the best place to stay.

About New Bern

Named after Bern in Switzerland by Christoph von Graffenried, New Bern is North Carolina's second oldest town! Bern actually means "bear" and you'll find many bear symbols and statues across town.

New Bern shows off some the best, earliest architecture thanks to the Georgian and Victorian influence. It also used to be the state capital of North Carolina!

Fun fact: New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola! Caleb Bradham invented Brad's Drink, later becoming Pepsi-Cola, in 1898. New Bern also serves as the inspiration for many of famous writer Nicholas Sparks' books!

Located along the Trent and Neuse rivers, New Bern is perfect for many outdoor activities. Fishing is a favorite pastime in New Bern, so make sure to brush up on your fishing skills.

New Bern is the home of many firsts, most of which you can discover when you're exploring the city.

What to do

New Bern's most famous landmark is Tryon Palace. Much of North Carolina's history can be discovered here, and be sure to explore the Palace's gardens!

Make sure to stop by Caleb Bradham's pharmacy, as this is where he first invented Pepsi. You'll actually be able to enjoy a Pepsi at the recreated soda fountain.

New Bern offers many tours including walking tours that highlight the history of New Bern, or if you don't want to walk you can always take New Bern Trolley Tour!

You can also visit New Bern Battlefield Park where the Battle of New Bern was fought in 1862.

Sail down Neuse River on one of New Bern's sailing cruises, where you can take part in steering the boat. You'll also be able to relax and take in the glory of New Bern.

Alongside exploring New Bern's landmark there are many outdoor activities you can do like hiking, biking, camping or canoeing!

Top New Bern travel tips

New Bern's nearest airport is Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, but travelers can also come via Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Downtown New Bern is a walkable area! However, if you're visiting other areas you are best off with a car as no public transportation is available.

A New Bern must is homemade ice cream at Cow Cafe! If you're in New Bern without the kids, then make sure to visit The Brown Pelican for live music and delicious cocktails. Also, catch the game (any game!) at Half Time Pub & Grub.

New Bern has a rich history, which is something you'll find when you're exploring the town. A town made for families, groups of friends or solo fliers, New Bern has something for everyone! Why not check out FlipKey to find the perfect New Bern vacation rental to stay in during your visit?