A Ride to Remember

Tour Description

Inspired by author Nicholas Sparks

Beaufort is the North Carolina coastal town that is the setting for Nicholas Sparks novel “The Choice.” You’ve read the book. You’re seen the movie. Now, you can ride through the seaport town that became the setting for the novel “The Choice” by best-selling New York Times author Nicholas Sparks.

A Ride to Remember features places in Beaufort that were inspired by Nicholas Sparks and referenced in his books, “A Walk to Remember” and “The Choice.” The tour serves as a memorable way for people to get to know Beaufort, as visitors take in the unique setting for the story of each novel.

Avid readers of Nicholas Sparks know how important the locations are to his books and it’s the coastal North Carolina location he chooses for most of his settings in the novels. Visitors will discover the beauty of Beaufort that Nicholas Sparks so eloquently describes in his novel.

Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation of “The Choice”

(The movie premiered in theaters nationwide on February 5, 2016. – Watch the Movie Trailer)

“For the most part, the film tells a story that appeared in the novel. However, because film and novels are two entirely different mediums, there are always going to be differences between the novel and the film. I hope viewers are struck by the wonderful chemistry between Ben Walker and Theresa Palmer. In many ways, they remind of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.”
— Nicholas Sparks

A Ride to Remember is limited to eight (8) participants, allowing for a more intimate and manageable group that offers you maximum enjoyment.

Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several different award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours. Winner, Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. It’s the best way to see “America’s Favorite Town.”

Telephone Reservations Available 7 am to 7 pm
Questions? Give us a call at (252) 648-1011

Tour Details

Days & Times:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 10 a.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – 4 p.m.

Availability: Year-Round.

Minimum: 2 person minimum.

Duration: 1 to 1¼ hours.

Fee: $30 per person, inclusive. Includes local guide, taxes, and bicycle. (Tour Packages Available)

Ages: 15 yrs. old & up (teenagers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and be able to ride our adult-size bikes). Family tours are welcome!  We can do a private tour with children younger than 15 yrs. if they provide their own bicycle and helmet. Call for details!

​Location: Downtown Beaufort, historic district, and waterfront.

More Questions: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Tour Packages

Purchase a signed novel and support the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. 100% of the proceeds from the books go directly to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.

The Choice Tour Package: $82 per person, includes the tour with local guide, bike rental, and taxes. You’ll receive the softcover book The Choice signed by Nicholas Sparks.

A Walk to Remember Tour Package: $82 per person, includes the tour with local guide, bike rental, and taxes. You’ll receive the softcover book A Walk to Remember signed by Nicholas Sparks.


“You’ll step straight into a Nicholas Sparks novel when you walk through this town, and we don’t mean that figuratively. The quaint area is the setting to several of the romance authors’ novels, including A Walk to Remember and The Choice.”
— Redbook magazine

“This was our first visit to this beautiful picturesque town. My family and I chose A Ride To Remember Tour. We are avid Nicholas Sparks fans, and this tour was the perfect choice for us.”
— Tripadvisor customer

How our tour began

We knew Beaufort was the North Carolina coastal setting for two of Nicholas Sparks novels, The Choice and A Walk to Remember. We wanted to create a bicycle tour that would let people see for themselves the beauty he so eloquently describes in his novels. After reading the books several times, I was able to identify many of the town locations that he referenced in the books. Once the script was created, my husband, David, and I went to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation in New Bern to discuss our idea for a tour.

After we met with the Foundation, the director thought the tour was a great idea.  Through our discussion, we learned a lot about the Foundation and their efforts to promote global education. We thought it was a wonderful cause that we could help promote through our tour. After a few months, A Ride to Remember was approved by the Foundation’s and a working partnership was born! We had their approval to promote the tour in October 2013. In January 2014, we signed an agreement with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.

We’re excited to have created a unique experience featuring the places in Beaufort that were inspired by Nicholas Sparks and referenced in his books that were set in our town. I always tell people that Beaufort is a lifestyle and Nicholas Sparks nails it in his novel, The Choice.

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation on this endeavor and hopes to help spread the word about the organization and the wonderful things they are doing.”
— Betsy Cartier

Learn more about Nicholas Sparks

Official Website:




The Choice Movie – Facebook:

“Love is a wonderful thing. It makes life worthwhile.”
– The Choice, Movie

Supporting our youth

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that increases access to innovative global learning for young people around the country. Dedicated to increasing access for all students, the Foundation particularly supports programs for underserved youth, providing a globally-focused college preparatory education that empowers them to flourish in our 21st century world. Learn about the Nicholas Sparks Foundation at (nsparksfoundation.org).

You can support the Nicholas Sparks Foundation by purchasing the novels The Choice and A Walk to Remember. We have a limited number of signed copies of the books. We also have Nicholas Sparks Foundation Tee Shirts that are available at Hungry Town Tours.

Quotes from “The Choice”

Here are a few quotes you may remember as mentioned in the novel “The Choice”.

Beaufort Historic District:
“It was a pretty place, especially the historic district”. On a day like today, with temperatures perfect for strolling, Beaufort resembled what she (Gabby) imagined Savannah to be in the first century of its existence.”

The Intracoastal Waterway:
“Beaufort – was just across the bridge that spanned the Intracoastal Waterway… the short distance (from Morehead City) was just enough to make this town feel isolated, like most of the towns down east, which was what the locals called this part of the state.”

Beaufort Waterfront Docks:
“Slips were occupied by leisure and working boats of every shape and size; a magnificent yacht worth millions might be docked next to a small crab boat on one side with a lovely maintained sailboat on the other.”

The inspiration for the novel, “The Choice.”
“The original inspiration was to tell a new story that was somehow reminiscent of The Notebook. Like, The Notebook, it’s a two part story that shows the power of enduring love.”
— Nicholas Sparks

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