Lifestyle, Travel

Road Trip to North Carolina

Taking a road trip to the great state of North Carolina? Whether you’re headed to Charlotte and Raleigh, down to Wilmington or over to Asheville, there are plenty of reasons to visit the state that was “First in Flight.” We have collected the must-see places throughout the state in hopes of making your trip to North Carolina the best it can be. Check out our recommendations below before you embark on your journey!

While On the Road:

  • Check out – plan your route and see the highest rated restaurants, hotels, attractions and more
  • Read a few (or all) of the novels by Nicholas Sparks – the stories take place along the North Carolina coast
  • Stop by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – it straddles the NC and TN border, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re coming from the West

When you arrive:

  • Biltmore Estate and Gardens
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Carolinas Aviation Museum


  • GoPro Motorplex
  • Tweetsie Railroad
  • Land of Oz
  • Paraclete XP Skyventure
  • ZipQuest


  • The Umstead Hotel and Spa
  • The Sanderling Resort & Spa
  • Ballantyne Hotel


  • The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Inn on Main Street B&B
  • The Dunhill Hotel


  • Golden Sands Motel
  • Doughton Hall Bed & Breakfast


  • The Raleigh Times
  • The Pit Authentic BBQ
  • Guglhupf Café & Bakery
  • Curate Tapas Bar
  • Wake N Bake Donuts


  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Surf City Pier
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Bald Head Island
  • Coquina Beach
  • Emerald Isle


So whether you’re solely roadtripping to visit all of the Nicholas Sparks novel locations, or because you are longing to see the Biltmore Estate in person, we hope it’s a trip of enjoying North Carolina’s idyllic beaches and outdoor activities!

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