The Surprising North Carolina Town That Makes An Excellent Weekend Getaway
What comes to mind when you think of the City of Asheboro in North Carolina? Would the first thing be the North Carolina Zoo? You’re not alone! As the city’s largest and most famous attraction, it can easily be mistaken as Asheboro’s ONLY attraction, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s explore why Asheboro actually makes for an excellent weekend getaway in North Carolina.
If you're among the many who automatically think of the North Carolina Zoo when you consider things to do in Asheboro, then you're right on the mark!
Zoo Parkway, Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC, USA
This zoo is world-renowned as the largest zoo in the world where the residents live in natural habitats. If you've never explored this wonderful zoo, then be sure to add it to your weekend itinerary when you visit Asheboro.
But there's plenty more to see and do in Zoo City (yes, it's the town's nickname...).
With plenty of shops, galleries, restaurants, attractions, and more, Asheboro can easily fill an entire weekend with fun the whole family can enjoy.
For the shopaholics in the crowd, the city has plenty of wonderful little shops, including quaint little spots that carry everything from vintage and antique items to dried flowers and locally crafted items.
If museums are more your thing, then a visit to the American Classic Motorcycle Museum is a must.
american classic motorcycle museum
The museum showcases one of the largest private collections of Harley Davidson cycles in the country and also has a motorcycle-themed diner to boot.
Another can't-miss Asheboro museum is the North Carolina Aviation Museum.
North Carolina Aviation Museum, 2222 Pilots View Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA
This Hall of Fame museum features two hangars filled with old aircraft and other memorabilia like uniforms and plane parts.
Feel like you might want to get outside and wander a bit?
Pisgah Covered Bridge Road, Pisgah Covered Bridge Rd, North Carolina, USA
One of the state's two oldest remaining covered bridges is found in Asheboro. It was built in 1911 and cost a whopping $40 to construct. Walk across this 54-foot historic relic for a trip back in time.
And then consider a walk among the treetops over at Richland Creek Zipline Canopy Tours.
Richland Creek Zipline Canopy Tour LLC, 2728 Fairview Farm Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA
Located a mere three miles from the North Carolina Zoo, this fun canopy tour rolls out more than a mile and a half of cable to soar over, plus three sky bridges. Along the way, adventurers get a glimpse of Mendenhall Falls.
For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, a hike along the Coolers Knob Mountain Trail should do the trick.
The 2.5-mile hike is rated as easy by All Trails and is a wonderful way to reconnect with Mother Nature at your own pace and on your own timeline. Learn all about the trail
Alternatively, if you
really want an adventure, then you can hike to the top of Purgatory Mountain.
Aside from the macabre name, this mountain happens to also be the geographic center of the state. Learn more about it
in this previous article
You'll find plenty of places to call your home away from home in Asheboro. From hotels and Airbnb rentals, the selection is diverse. And so are the dining options. Right in the middle of town you'll find Magnolia 23.
Magnolia 23, 23 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27203, USA
You can't go wrong here! The theme is Southern Cooking and everything is made from scratch.
Are you among those who possibly thought the only thing to do in Asheboro was go to the zoo? How about now? Willing to take a little weekend getaway in North Carolina to this underrated city? Sound off in the comments!
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