What are the Best Day Trips in North Carolina?

 

No need to break the bank on a summer getaway.  There are many great locations perfect for a day trip from Charlotte.  Some of the best day trips in North Carolina are as close as only an hour out of town.  If you’re looking for a fun road trip, these day trips are great for a family getaway or a couple’s getaway.

A little less than 2 hours from Charlotte is Boone, NC.  Boone is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.  Grandfather Mountain offers visitors breathtaking views atop their Mile High Swinging Bridge and from the many nature trails.  Adventure seekers should also check out Sky Valley Zip Tours.  There are 10 zip lines, cliff jumping, and a swinging bridge.  Sky Valley even offers 7 ziplines especially for kids ages 4 and up.  Boone is home to great shopping, the Tweetsie Railroad, and Linville Caverns.

Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital is worth a day trip at only 2.5 hours from Charlotte.  Known as the “city of oaks”, the city is beautiful with its oak tree lined streets.  A must-see while visiting the area is the North Carolina State Capitol building.  Self-guided tours are offered Monday through Friday.  Across from the NC State campus is Pullen Park.  Children will enjoy the playground, carousel, train, and kiddie boats.  Other family attractions in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Marbles Kids Museum.

Recently named one of “The Best Cities in North America” by Travel + Leisure is Asheville, North Carolina.  The trip is quick at around 2 hours and 10 minutes from Charlotte.  Among the many things to do in the city are brewery tours, shopping, live entertainment, food tours and the popular tourist attraction Biltmore Estate.  The mountainous area is also a wonderful spot for biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding.

Known as the furniture capital of the world is Hickory, North Carolina.  The city is much more than great furniture deals.  A day in Hickory can include hiking at Bakers Mountain Park, shopping at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market and shopping at the Hickory Museum of Art.  Finish the day cheering on the Hickory Crawdads as they play at L. P. Frans Stadium.

Speaking of day trips in North Carolina, we have to mention our beautiful town of Davidson, North Carolina.  Davidson lies north of Charlotte along picturesque Lake Norman.  The town gets its name from Davidson College whose campus makes up a main part of the community.  There is plenty of local shopping and dining and performances from the local theatre group Davidson Community Players.  If you decide to stay in town after visiting the area, check out our lovely bed and breakfast Davidson Village Inn.  The charming brick building can be found on Depot Street within walking distance of all the action of the town.  Each morning begins with breakfast to ensure your day gets off on the right foot.  For information on what we have to offer or our current specials, please give us a call at 704-892-8044.  We look forward to having you visit us soon.