5 Affordable Weekend Getaways in North Carolina

Alina Andras

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There is no doubt that North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in the whole country, and the amount of tourists that come here on vacation stands proof of that. It shouldn't come as a surprise though since North Carolina truly seems to have it all. From pristine beaches to beautiful mountain trails, lots of outdoor activities to choose from, to charming cities, friendly people, and amazing food. What else could you wish for? The prices are good, too. In fact, many say that the beaches in North Carolina are far better than the ones in Florida, and the fact that you end up paying almost half of what you would pay for the same vacation if you were to choose Florida definitely plays a role in the final decision.

Now that we have made it clear that North Carolina is a great place to spend your holiday, we want to talk about a few places that are great for a weekend getaway. Whether you live in North Carolina or simply come here often, here are 5 beautiful places where you can make memories with your family or a group of friends. All of them are also great options for a solo trip.

1. Bryson City

If you love to spend time in nature, then you should definitely plan a trip to Bryson City, a small and charming city that is packed with outdoor activities. From hiking trails that will take you to some amazing waterfalls, to rafting, or simply enjoying the river, there are plenty of things to do around the area. It's a great option for those who are traveling with kids, but can also make for a romantic weekend if you and your partner are both active people.

2. The Crystal Coast

From Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach and from Harkers Island to Beaufort and Morehead City, there are so many beautiful places you can explore in the area. Drive and walk around and admire the surroundings or simply choose the one you are more interested in. Either way, you will definitely not get bored easily, since there are so many things to do.

3. Lake Lure

Lake Lure is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic places in North Carolina. If you live close by or plan a trip to North Carolina in the near future, make sure to put it on your list. You'll find many parks and gardens in the area, which only makes the place more charming and romantic. It's a great location for a romantic weekend with your partner, but also makes for a great trip with a few of your close friends.

4. Highlands

While it is beautiful all year long, Highlights is absolutely gorgeous in the fall so if you can visit it then, you should. A mountain town with lots of charm and breathtaking views, this place will definitely make you want to come back time and time again.

5. Blowing Rock

Lastly, if you are looking for a small town, Blowing Rock is definitely a great option. Here, you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful weekend, away from the crowds. It's a great place if you are looking for getting away from your busy life for a few days and recharge.

What do you think about this list? Have you ever visited any of these places? If so, how was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comment section down below and don't forget to mention your favorite places in North Carolina, too, so other readers can explore them as well. If you happen to live in North Carolina, even better. Don't shy away from sharing your recommendations.

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