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07 March . 2022

8 spring and summer weekend getaways in North Carolina

Wendell Falls is located 14 miles from Raleigh, NC, a central location to both North Carolina’s beaches and mountains. Here are eight spring and summer weekend getaways in North Carolina.

  1. Wilmington

Known for its beautiful beaches and historic charm, Wilmington is a go-to beach spot for many North Carolinians. Soak up the sun and dig your feet in the sand, check out the Airlie Gardens and its 2,700 square foot butterfly house or take a tour to learn about Wilmington’s history.  

Plan your spring trip around the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival to experience garden tours, street fairs, live music, parades and more.

  1. Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are a chain of barrier islands on the coast of North Carolina. With open-sea beaches, state parks and shipwreck diving spots, there’s plenty to see in OBX.

Cruise the edge of North Carolina on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway and take in ocean views on one side and sound views on the other. Hop on a ferry to Cape Lookout to catch a glimpse of the wild horses and climb the Cape Lookout lighthouse, or visit Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest living sand dune system on the east coast.

Bridge to Outer Banks NC

  1. Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are in Western North Carolina and extend throughout the southeast. They are home to many mountain towns, such as Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, making them the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

Camp at one of the numerous sites and hike your choice of many trails or book a cozy cabin and explore one of the mountain towns. Ride down the Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk or take your pick of the endless activities the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer, such as white-water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining and horseback riding. 

Blue Ridge Mountains

  1. Asheville

Nestled in Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has a relaxed atmosphere, great brewery scene and a variety of activities to enjoy. No matter if you are looking to relax, or for a weekend of adventures, Asheville has something for you. Spend the day downtown shopping and brewery hopping or explore the gorgeous Biltmore Estate gardens, Botanical Gardens or NC Arboretum. If you are looking for adventure, hike through countless trails of Blue Ridge Parkway, kayak the French Broad and catch a glimpse of the Biltmore Estate or take a short drive to The Gorge Zipline, the longest zipline in North Carolina.

  1. Morganton

Located in the foothills of Western North Carolina, Morganton is a short distance from the Blue Ridge Mountains with many outdoor activities to enjoy locally. Stay on Lake James spend the day on the water, ziplining at Beanstalk Journey, kayaking down the catawba river or hiking on Table Rock.

  1. Charlotte

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and features a bustling downtown surrounded by a variety of activities from live concerts and rooftop bars to basketball games and rock climbing. Stay on Lake Norman and paddle board or take the boat out for the day while having easy access to everything else Charlotte has to offer.

Get an adrenalin rush rafting at the Whitewater Center or riding some of the tallest rollercoasters in the word at Carowinds, an amusement park on the NC and SC line featuring 13 roller coasters and a water park.

Rollercoaster at Carowinds

  1. Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill has a diverse selection of things to enjoy from live music to historic architecture. Spend a sunny spring day exploring Franklin Street’s shops and restaurants or strolling the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. On a rainy afternoon, visit the Ackland Art Museum or blast off into space and get lost in the stars at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

  1. Raleigh

Want to spend the weekend exploring without venturing too far from home? Check out all that Raleigh has to offer in the spring and summer! Head to Dorothea Dix Park to see the daffodils in bloom and participate in a yoga class, have a picnic or play disc golf. Stroll through the WRAL Azalea Gardens or JC Raulston Arboretum, explore one of America’s most scenic bike trails, the Neuse River Greenway Trail, or visit the Historic Yates Mill County Park.

Wendell Falls is located just 15 miles from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. Explore artfully crafted new homes and townhomes from the lower $300,000s – $900,000s+.