North Carolina January 18, 2020
12 Unforgettable North Carolina Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
With each new year we all set forth intentions to be a little more adventurous, don’t we? It’s an easy resolution to make when you live in North Carolina. There are so many places to explore and things to do that we could never expect to get to it all in just 365 days. It’s just overwhelming. So we put together bucket list of day trips to take this year, one for each month. Now, get out there and enjoy.
1. January - McGailliard Falls Park
Take advantage of a rare warm day in January for a beautiful outdoor adventure. Travel to Valdese to explore a 40 foot waterfall hiding in a city park that also features a historic mill. Bring a picnic and enjoy this natural wonder. Keep reading about
McGailliard Falls Park .
2. February - Hawks Nest Snow Tubing
Fly down a snow tubing run at epic speeds at the largest snow tubing park on the east coast. Even if it hasn't snowed in weeks, as long as it's cold outside this park makes plenty of snow all on its own. Learn more about
3. March - Lazy 5 Ranch
Book a wagon ride to get up close and personal at this little known wildlife ranch just outside of Charlotte. Or, if you prefer the comfort of your own car... load up the kids and drive through on your own. Everyone is sure to have a blast on this road trip!
Learn more about Lazy 5 Ranch
4. April - Covered Bridge At Ole Gilliam Mill Park
Visit the longest covered bridge in North Carolina. At 140 feet long, it's a treasure just sitting alongside the main road and is part of a lovely park that features a historic mill. The scenic drive to the bridge means you may even see some spring blooms on this day trip.
5. May - Cheerwine Festival
Sure, other delicious and favorite things (in addition to Cheerwine) have come from North Carolina, but the Cheerwine Festival celebrates everything good in our state, including the cherry-flavored cola we all know and love. Load up the car for a day of family fun in Salisbury!
Read on to learn more about the Cheerwine Festival in May
6. June - The North Carolina Zoo
Few people realize North Carolina is home to the largest zoo in the world to feature natural habitats for its residents. Explore everything from the North American prairie to the grasslands of Africa and beyond at the world's largest zoo. June is an ideal time to visit - before the return of scorching hot temps!
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7. Sand Dollar Island
Yes! It's real. There's an island just off the coast from Morehead City that's aptly named Sand Dollar Island. This is one road trip where you're practically guaranteed to strike it rich — in sand dollars! Take a short ferry ride and let the fun begin.
8. August - Salty Pirate
Skip those newfangled, overcrowded and expensive water parks in favor of nostalgic fun at this old-timey (but well kept) water park on the coast. Slide, swim, repeat... and don't forget the sunscreen!
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9. September - Shatley Springs
The Restaurant at Shatley Springs is a destination all on its own. But you'll come away from this day trip with much more than just a satisfied and full tummy. From the scenic drive to the live music and delicious fried chicken, there's so much to love about this legendary restaurant in the middle of nowhere in the Tar Heel State.
Get the full scoop on Shatley Springs here
10. October - Hickory Nut Falls for fall foliage
Sure, the Blue Ridge Parkway affords astounding views of fall foliage. But don't overlook other, equally gorgeous places in the Tar Heel State for spectacular fall scenery. Watch the fall foliage prediction reports to time a visit to Chimney Rock State Park. While you're gawking at the beautiful colors, be sure to get photo of the epic 404-foot waterfall featured in the 1992 film, "The Last of the Mohicans."
11. November - North Carolina Renaissance Festival
Visit the medieval Village of Fairhaven, open for several consecutive weekends in a row each year, to immerse the entire family in a medieval flashback. This annual event is one of the largest renaissance festivals in the country and it's sure to be one of your favorite day trips of the entire year.
Learn all about it here
12. December - Biltmore
Each year, the Biltmore transforms into a holiday wonderland. If you thought Biltmore was grand at other times during the year, then just wait until you experience Christmas at American's castle.
See more of Biltmore's Christmas decor here
Want to be more adventurous in the coming year? It always helps to have a plan in place for those moments when you want to step outside your usual routine. How many of these day trips will go on your bucket list in 2020?
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