I’m personally a huge advocate for going to the mountains during fall. The 828 is the place to be! I’m biased because that’s where I’m from, BUT still. The best places on earth are in western North Carolina. Keep reading for 10 fall road trips in North Carolina that you absolutely have to take!
1. Go zip lining through the mountains in Asheville!
Only 3 hours give or take away from the Chapel Hill campus. It’s a nice drive over especially since you can see all of the colored leaves (also perfect time to start a mountain-esque playlist). You could go hiking, zip lining, check out the Biltmore, and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
2. If you’re looking for a place to get away but still want that college vibe, Boone it is.
Appalachian State is located right in downtown. There are great places to hike, if it’s not too cold, it’d be a nice place to go cliff jumping. There are always cool places to shop and buy antiques. It’s also about 3 hours away so not too shabby.
3. Do I have to explain why you have to go to DC? Oh and it’s only 4 hours away so talk about hype!
4. Charleston, SC is picture perfect year round.
I scoped it out during spring break and it was great, but the best time of the year (bias again) is fall. So pair up a great place with a great time of year and you’ll have…. a GREAT time. Okay seriously though, Charleston is historic and gorgeous. There are markets, museums, and of course the beach.
5. Check out Dollywood in Gatlinburg, TN.
It’s roughly 5 hours away. You can pass by a great view so the drive isn’t even that bad. There are trails, the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Dollywood, and the small version of the space needle. It’s nice to be close to other states and venture around them.
6. Learn the history of Cherokee, NC.
American history is so cool, yeah I’m a nerd. Anyways, learning about Native Americans and how much it has affected North Carolina. The area is really great and everyone should visit to get an understanding of the art and culture.
7. First in flight? That’s right, go to Kitty Hawk!
It’s 3 and a half hours away and the beach should be pretty empty when it gets kind of chilly, but still so beautiful, and peaceful.
8. Hanging Rock is for sure on my bucket list!
Hanging rock in Greensboro is only an hour and a half away and you can just hangout and relax. Take a weekend trip here this fall. It will be worth it.
9. Eno River Falls is right here in our backyard.
Located in Durham only 20 minutes away this wonderful getaway is so close that you can take a large group of people jump in the swimming hole, rope swing, and ENO! It’s probably the easiest of fall road trips in North Carolina!
10. Spend a long weekend in Savannah, GA!
There are horse carriage rides, parks, Paula Deen’s restaurant (lit), and many shops. The drive is about 5 hours and definitely feasible for a three day weekend.