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11 Day Trips to Take in North Carolina


Davidson College
 

Davidson

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY LOGAN CYRUS

Just north of Charlotte, Davidson feels a world apart from the skyscrapers and bustle of the Queen City. Davidson, known for its stroll-friendly streets and vibrant college town attitude, is worth discovering.

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Saxapahaw

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY SARA LOGAN WILSON

Once a mill community, this Alamance County gem has become a cultural and culinary hideaway.

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Lexington

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY STACEY VAN BERKEL

Lexington isn’t merely a whistle-stop town where you get your fill of sweet tea and hush puppies. The Davidson County city continues to grow, making it the perfect place for a day trip.

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Wilson

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY DUFFY HEALEY

Just beyond Raleigh’s reaches, Wilson offers a slower pace, Southern sweet talk, and good eats.

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City Portrait: Brevard
 

Brevard

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY TIM ROBISON

Supplying both outdoor adventure and downtown charm, Brevard is the ideal spot to spend a day in the mountains.

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edenton
 

Edenton

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY EMILY CHAPLIN AND CHRIS COUNCIL

The accolades for this town keep coming. See for yourself why Edenton is one of the nation’s prettiest small towns by planning a day trip.

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calabash
 

Calabash

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY LESLIE KOEHN

As far southeast as you can go in North Carolina, a little town with a lot of seafood has a legendary allure that will draw you in, wherever you are.

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Carolina Beach

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY WILMINGTON AND BEACHES CVB

The ocean isn’t the only draw at Carolina Beach, where the boardwalk will remind you of simpler times and childhood summers. Revisit your youth with our fun-filled guide.

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Hickory

STORY BY KATIE QUINE | PHOTO BY ERIN ADAMS

A town defined by what it once made is figuring out what to make of today. Figure out what Hickory is made of for yourself on a day trip.

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Highway 64 West

STORY BY OUR STATE STAFF | PHOTO BY EMILY CHAPLIN

There are adventures to be had around every bend of Highway 64 West. Plan some of your own with our guide.

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pittsboro day trip
 

Pittsboro

STORY BY OUR STATE STAFF | PHOTO BY BRENT CLARK

What was formerly a mill town is now being revitalized as an artist’s community. Plan a day trip to this charming Triangle hideaway with our guide.

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This story was published on Aug 05, 2014

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