The Carolinas are one of the best places to live in the country! Affordable housing and job opportunities abound, as do interesting and fun places to visit. Take these day trips with the family while the long summer days are still here.
Downtowns worth the drive
Saluda, NC is about a 2-hour drive from Charlotte and less than an hour from Greenville, SC. Shaped by the infamous Saluda Grade railway, this small mountain town boasts unique shops, galleries, restaurants, music venues, water fall trails, white water thrills, bike routes and a downtown playground for the kids.
Just 30 minutes from Winston-Salem, Spencer, NC is home to the largest contiguous historic district in North Carolina and where you’ll find the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Explore the 57-acre site filled with trains, locomotives, steam engines and a working roundabout to further fascinate the kids.
No matter where you live in the Carolinas, you’ll find a zoo or wild animal park worthy of a day trip. Asheboro, NC is home to the North Carolina Zoo, and Riverbanks Zoo can be found in Columbia, SC. In Mooresville, NC, you can visit the Lazy 5 Ranch, a drive-thru animal park featuring more than 750 animals with horse-drawn wagon tours available.
The Carolina Raptor Center with owls, hawks, eagles and other birds of prey is right outside Charlotte. The Zootastic Park of Lake Norman in Troutman, NC has a petting zoo and summer camp opportunities.
Let’s get wet
Feel the need to cool off? Pack the bathing suits and head out! Ray’s Splash Planet, an indoor municipal water park is in uptown Charlotte. Just south of Greensboro is Emerald Pointe Wet ‘n’ Wild. For the more natural adventurers, Sliding Rock Park is north of Brevard, NC in Pisgah National Forest.
What’s your favorite Carolina destination for a summer day trip?
By Hilary Broadway (Branch Leader, Mooresville Office) – Guest Blogger