Spring is the perfect season to get away on a weekend trip. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway or a family road trip, here are some ideas on places to visit in North Carolina this spring:
The Outer Banks
The North Carolina Outer Banks offer a unique beach experience to visitors. There are plenty of beaches and islands to choose from in the Outer Banks such as Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head. Whichever area you choose to visit, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy including: kayaking and paddle boarding, surfing, horse-back riding, golfing, plenty of shopping, and touring lighthouses.
Wilmington is a great option for Triangle locals looking for a getaway a little closer to home. Downtown Wilmington averages a two-hour drive from Raleigh and offers numerous fun activities from historic downtown carriage ride tours, to fantastic restaurant and shopping options. Some very popular attractions in Wilmington include the North Carolina Battleship and the Fort Fisher Aquarium. Once you get tired of exploring historic downtown Wilmington, you can take a short drive to any of the nearby beaches, where white sands and more activities await!
If you prefer the mountains over the coast, there are plenty of wonderful NC mountain towns to visit. One perfect weekend getaway is to Boone or Blowing Rock, NC. Blowing Rock is a small, quaint mountain that is rich in arts appreciation. In Blowing Rock, there are plenty of orchards, farms, and wineries to choose from, as well as art galleries, museums, and arts performances. Enjoy the town’s downtown area where there are shops, restaurants, galleries, and more; or go hiking in any of the surrounding parks. There is a very short drive from Blowing Rock to Boone, where you can explore the Mast General Store and drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Another option for mountain lovers in North Carolina is Asheville. The Biltmore House is one of the most popular attractions in North Carolina, and spring is the perfect time to visit. Walk around the Biltmore’s famous gardens, and enjoy lunch and shopping around the grounds after a tour. There are plenty of hiking trails and waterfalls around the Asheville area to explore, such as the well-known sliding rock attraction. Asheville offers downtown tours especially catered towards the spring beauty.
Charlotte offers visitors plenty of downtown attractions as well as outdoor fun. Sports fans will enjoy visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum and Motor Speedway, going to a Charlotte Knights Baseball game, or seeing the NFL Panther’s stadium, museum, and store. After going to a concert, game, or simply exploring downtown, Lake Norman is another great spot to visit. Lake Norman offers boat and jet ski rentals, paddle boards, and more. Charlotte is the best of both worlds and the perfect weekend getaway!
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