Proposed Summer Carolina Road Trip

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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.


“Liberty Bridge – Greenville, SC ” by Rosales + Partners

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.


“SpanishMustangsOfCorolla” by Kevincollins123

Then, we’ll travel down the Outer Banks, hitting Jockey’s Ridge, Hatteras, Ocracoke, and more!

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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.


“BroadStreetCharleston” by Khanrak

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?

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  1. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    April 11, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Excited to read about your visit to Savannah – I have always wanted to visit there!

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  3. Mama Herself

    April 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Well, I know zilch about Carolina, South or otherwise, but I’m up for the trip – looks great. Especially the beach horses.

    But I’d baulk at the amount of driving I think. We recently went up to Scotland and back from London, and did the return leg in one day, which nearly finished me off – a whole eight hours of driving (that’s without all the coffee breaks)!

  4. Maria (One Tiny Leap)

    April 13, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Looks great! We’re headed that way in a few days, so will be taking some tips from here 🙂

  5. Jess

    April 14, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    Looks like a good trip! I’m planning on driving down through Virginia in May – now I really want to see if I can go check out the Hunger Games towns, too.

  6. Chris Boothman

    April 18, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Looks like a really cool road trip Ashley! When we embarked on our Thanksgiving road trip last year, we passed through Tennessee and went through Greenville, SC before heading north into N. Carolina. Greenville was a really cool spot to spend at least a morning (Hope you don’t mind me sharing our link but you may find this useful – but the rest of your road trip looks awesome. Looking forward to following you on your travels around South Carolina, in particular when you get over to the Atlantic coast side of the state.

  7. H.D. Miller

    April 30, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    My advice is take a North Carolina detour to Seagrove and visit some of the potteries in that area, especially Jugtown Potter and Owens Pottery. I’ve got a small collection of southern folk pottery, such as face jugs. They’re a great collectible and still affordable. I

  8. Natalie

    June 2, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    This looks like SUCH a fun trip–you’re actually managing to cram so many great things from the Carolinas into this one road trip! I’ve lived in SC for my entire life (all over the state!), so if you need any ideas on where to eat or what to see, let me know. My dad’s family is from North Myrtle Beach, so I went there a lot as a kid, but I still feel the same way as you do about it. It used to be pretty fun back when it was a sleepy place in the ’80s, but there’s just so much neon and so many tourist traps nowadays. I live in Charleston, and I’ve always got some fun food recommendations if you’re interested! 😀

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