North Carolina Road Trips Worth Taking

“Life is about the adventures you take and the memories you make. So travel often and live life with open eyes and an open heart.” — Katie Grissom

Whether you’re after scenic mountain views, beautiful beach sunsets or even just the best barbeque of your life, North Carolina has it all.  You can explore most everything North Carolina has to offer in a fun family road trip.  Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride!

Not far from Albemarle, is The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.  You can explore 21 beach towns with over 130 miles of beaches!  Experience the culture while relaxing on the beach, taking ferry tours or visiting one of many lighthouses and museums along the way.  The scenic backdrop of the ocean and quaint towns with beach cottages and family owned stores will take you back to a less complicated time and help you slow down ad revel in the beauty of North Carolina.

If the majestic allure of the mountains is what you’re looking for, North Carolina will not disappoint there either.  The Blue Ridge Parkway extends from Shenandoah National Park in VA all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and has been dubbed “America’s Favorite Drive.”  That is on account of the amazing sweeping views abundance of recreational activities. Nature, wildlife and stunning mountain views make a trip through the Parkway a real adventure.

As if the beaches and mountains weren’t enough to dazzle you, NC also has breathtaking waterfalls hidden throughout the state as well.  With well over 200 to choose from, you can plan an incredible trip with daily hikes and stunning views. The rushing waters and connection with nature will be the perfect getaway from technology and daily stress.  The hardest part will be narrowing down which waterfalls to visit!

Now if you work up an appetite swimming in the ocean or hiking through the mountains, you’ll need some good ‘ole southern food to restore your energy!  Luckily, North Carolina is famous for some of the best dining in the South!  Whether it is barbeque, biscuits or seafood, NC has it all.  You could spend months traveling around the state experiencing all the foodie excitement you can imagine.  There are too many outstanding restaurants to list but you can follow this food blogger’s advice and travel the state from east to west and hit these destinations along the way for an exquisite culinary experience!

No matter which road trip you choose, you’ll be happy you chose to explore the area and have new and different experiences!