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Fun Day Trips in North Carolina

Posted: May 23, 2018 by Alan Tucker

North Carolina is a great state.  One of the greatest things is that there is so much to do within a day’s drive from no matter where you live.  From the beaches to the mountains there are endless opportunities for sightseeing and activities.  Get out your calendar and start planning.

Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its arts and cultural scene.  Visitors to Asheville can find many things to do to include touring the Biltmore Estate, visit the Pinball Museum, or enjoy a tasty beer at many of the local breweries.  For the more active crowd, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and mountains to climb.  

Carolina Beach

The boardwalk at Carolina Beach is famous for its shops, restaurants, rides, and entertainments for visitors of all ages.  During the summer you can catch nightly firework shows and regular concerts and events.  The beach provides plenty of room for sunbathing and watersports.  There is also Carolina Beach State Park nearby where visitors can wander the sandy trail that leads to beautiful views of the Cape Fear River.

Pisgah National Forest

With 500,000 acres to explore in Pisgah National Forest, it makes for a great day of exercise with wonderful views.  There are hiking trails that extend more than 1600 miles over rivers, past cascading waterfalls, and through the beautiful North Carolina wilderness.  There are many tall peaks within the forest and trails to summits of these peaks vary in length and difficulty.  Camping is permitted at both established campsites and in the backcountry locations.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is not just a college town, but a popular tourist destination.  It has everything including restaurants, family activities, a music scene, parks, arts and museums and lots of history.  There are collections of art to view at various museums and fragrant roses to smell at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  Visitors can also head to the Carolina Basketball Museum for exhibits about the history of UNC Basketball.  

Bryson City

A day or weekend trip to Bryson City should not be left out on your list of trips.  Bryson City is about an hour’s drive from Asheville and offers kayaking and river rapids on the Nantahala River.  The Tsali Trails also offer mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding through forests and past waterfalls.  The town has beautiful views as it’s tucked away in the Smokie Mountains surrounded by steep slopes, rushing creeks, and stunning nature.  
Staying in one place in North Carolina is not an option when there are so many neat towns to visit and explore.  

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