Late spring-early summer is the ideal time to plan fun, summer road trips! With the weather heating up and everything in full bloom…I’ve been dreaming about jumping in the car and taking some time to explore my own state! Here is a list of ten road trips you can take this summer.
1. Take a North Carolina lighthouse tour.
Follow my instructional guide here....http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/north-carolina-lighthouses/
You'll get, sun, sand, surf, history and bragging rights. I mean hey, you just saw all ten lighthouses, and made a vacation out of it! Extend it by renting a beach house on Hatteras. Enjoy all that the Outer Banks has to offer from seafood to scenery.
2. Hideaway from the world in a mountain cabin.
Take some time for rest, relaxation and amazing views. Spend the day breaking in those hiking boots, and spend the evening kicking back on the front porch. Early summer is a great time to visit as a majority of the plant life is in full bloom.
3. Or spice it up and take a long weekend in Asheville.
Keep the trip interesting by taking brewery tours, walking along the French Broad River, visiting Biltmore Estate, dining at one of several award-winning restaurants, and indulging in the awesome night life. Asheville is a great litte mountain getaway without sacrificing the city!
4. Walk down the Wilmington boardwalk and explore the small coastal towns of North Carolina.
A perfect couples retreat or family weekend, Wilmington and the surrounding towns have no shortage of views and interesting things to do.
5. Take a winery tour of Yadkin Valley.
Accommodations right near the vineyard means you won't have to worry too much about how you're getting home. Vineyards like Shelton, also have fabulous restaurants on the property. There are seven wineries located along the Yadkin Valley. You can't beat the views and the buzz!
6. Plan a wild yet sophisticated weekend in Charlotte.
Charlotte can get, pretty fancy. Between rooftop restaurants with skyline views and an array of nightlife, it's great for an anniversary weekend. There are also plenty of museums to leave you feeling cultured and cool. Bonuses-shopping, White Water Center, Carowinds, and Crowders Mountain.
7. Take the kids to tweetsie railroad.
It's guaranteed to be an experience they'll never forget! Extend the trip by renting a cabin and maybe try your luck at gold mining!
8. Get political in Raleigh.
Raleigh/Durham has become quite popular in the last few years. With the emergence of unique, award-winning restaurants, bustling nightlife, and plenty to see and do you're guaranteed to make a whole weekend out of it.
9. Spend a week to take a road trip along the NC Barbecue Trail.
Then please, let me know which place was your favorite!
10. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
As one of the longest, continuously marked trails in the nation, the Appalachian Trail runs through 14 states, ones of those being North Carolina. Perfect for a 'guys' weekend and adventure!