Proposed Summer Carolina Road Trip #SundayTraveler #CarolinaRoadTrip
Proposed Summer Carolina Road Trip
For a while now, I’ve been playing around with the idea of a Carolina road trip to highlight the best of the Carolinas. Last year, we did a Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway week long road trip that included a good bit of Western North Carolina. We visited Asheville and Linville Falls mainly and so we won’t be including them in this road trip. We love Asheville and the other areas but there’s already so much to see without adding in places we’ve already visited!
This will most likely happen in July or August and depending on Kaleb’s work, this may be a solo trip for myself. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens!
First we will head East into North Carolina – after about 5 hours of driving, we will get to our first stop – Sliding Rock. Sliding Rock is a favorite local swimming hole that I’ve been wanting to see for myself and I figure it will be perfect about being the car for a bit.
The next few stops include Caesers Head State Park, Travelers Rest and then Greenville. We will probably want a full day to explore Greenville so we’ll spend the night here.
I love exploring abandoned towns and I’m a bit of a nerd so that’s what the next two stops are for – Shelby and Hildebran are where some Hunger Games scenes were shot.
After feeding my nerd cravings, we’ll head into Charlotte and get to explore there for a day.
Next, is Concord, Winston-Salem, Wake Forest, Raleigh and Selma.
Our second leg includes the Outer Banks of North Carolina – super excited about this!
First stop is Corolla – where there are wild horses on the beach! I realistically would want to spend forever here but I’m thinking at least one night.
Then, we’ll travel down the Outer Banks, hitting Jockey’s Ridge, Hatteras, Ocracoke, and more!
Then down to Beaufort and Wilmington for another nerd moment – this is where One Tree Hill shot most of the show.
The next leg will see the last of North Carolina with Bald Head Island.
Next, will be Myrtle Beach – I’ve been here a couple times when I lived in South Carolina and am hoping this trip will change my mind about it. It wasn’t my favorite beach I’ve ever been to.
Next, we’ll head inland for a bit to see Congaree National Park. I hate to take away from the ocean view drive but I love my National Parks so you know.
Then, it’s time to head back East to Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, John’s Island and then down to Beaufort, Hunting Island State Park and Hilton Head Island.
On the way home, we drive through Savannah and while it’s not in the Carolinas, we definitely plan on visiting!
So, what do you think? Are there any places I NEED to add? Do you have any outdoor, adventure, or wildlife activity suggestions for the places I’m going? How can Myrtle Beach redeem itself for me?