With Summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to hop in your car, hit the open road and set out on a weekend adventure. And while there are plenty of things to keep you entertained in Charlotte like enjoying the city’s hotspots or exploring different neighborhoods around town, one of the best things about living in Charlotte is its proximity to so many great road trip getaways.
Whether you’re looking to take a day trip or head out on a weekend adventure, we’ve rounded up 5 must-visit road trip destinations near Charlotte.
1. Asheville, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 126 miles (2 hour 10-minute drive)
Asheville has quickly emerged as a road trip favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Perfectly situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is known for its picturesque waterfall hikes, creative arts and music scene, and incredible restaurants. Bonus: treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at Asheville Glamping.
2. Cashiers, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 159 miles (3 hour 11-minute drive)
Surrounded by the mountain peaks of North Carolina some 4,000 ft. above sea level, Cashiers is aptly known as the Aspen of the East. Many come to marvel at the natural beauty of this lush area, others to stroll down Cashiers’ postcard-perfect Main Street with an overnight stay at the historic Old Edwards Inn and Spa.
3. Wilmington, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 205 miles (3 hour 30-minute drive)
Known for its vast offerings of cultural sites, museums and nature spots – there’s something for everyone in this coastal city towards North Carolina’s southern border. Soak up the sunshine on the white sandy beaches or experience a little adventure while kayaking or fishing in local inlets.
4. Charleston, SC
Distance from Charlotte: 209 miles (3 hour 13 minute-drive)
For those searching for some good ‘ole Southern charm, Charleston is the place to visit. Here you’ll find something for everyone; beautiful beaches for relaxing and swimming, rich history to soak in at The Charleston Museum, and plenty of antique shops, a world-class food scene, and the historic Charleston City Market to explore during your stay.
5. Savannah, GA
Distance from Charlotte: 252 miles (3 hour 44-minute drive)
Idyllic beaches, fresh seafood, a storied downtown, and classic southern food are just some of the perks of a road trip to Savannah. Soak up the rich history of Georgia’s oldest city by visiting local attractions Forsyth Park, Bonaventure Cemetery and River Street. Pro tip: many say the best way to see Savannah is by foot or via a trolley tour.