A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

[caption id="attachment_95167" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photograph by Logan Cyrus[/caption] Just north of Charlotte, Davidson feels a world apart from the skyscrapers and bustle of the Queen City. Davidson, known for its

Madison County Championship Rodeo

[caption id="attachment_95167" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photograph by Logan Cyrus[/caption] Just north of Charlotte, Davidson feels a world apart from the skyscrapers and bustle of the Queen City. Davidson, known for its

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

[caption id="attachment_95167" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photograph by Logan Cyrus[/caption] Just north of Charlotte, Davidson feels a world apart from the skyscrapers and bustle of the Queen City. Davidson, known for its

Last-Minute Day Trips in North Carolina

davidson bucket

Photograph by Logan Cyrus photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

saxapahaw bucket

Photograph by Sara Logan Wilson photograph by Emily Chaplin

You won’t find Saxapahaw on many maps, and that’s part of its appeal. Once a mill community, this Alamance County gem has become a cultural and culinary hideaway. Learn more.

lexington bucket

Photograph by Joey Seawell photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

wilson bucket

Photograph by Sara Logan Wilson photograph by Emily Chaplin

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

brevard

Photograph courtesy of Transylvania Tourism/Tracy Turpen photograph by Emily Chaplin

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

Photograph by Emily Chaplin and Chris Council photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

calabash

Photograph by Leslie Koehn photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

carolina beach

Photograph by Emily Chaplin photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

hickory

Photograph by Travis Dove photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more. 

highway 64 west

Photograph by Emily Chaplin photograph by Emily Chaplin

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

pittsboro

Photograph by Brent Clark photograph by Emily Chaplin

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. Learn more.

This story was published on Aug 05, 2014

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