Friday, May 27, 2016 / by GetWrittn Blog
Raleigh is located in a great part of the country where there are some fun road trips that you should be planning this summer!
Summer is almost here and Raleigh is definitely the place to be during those steamy summer months. But, sometimes taking a road trip can be a fun and inexpensive thing to do and with the wealth of great attractions around the Raleigh area, the only difficult decision is picking where you want to go. Here are four great road trips a few hours from Raleigh!
A 2.5 hour drive from Raleigh, Richmond, Virginia is a fun place to visit for a day trip. They’ve got amazing restaurants and quite a few craft breweries that are definitely worth visiting. Museums, gardens, cemeteries and other historic buildings make for some great walking tours. If shopping is your bag, they’ve got some really unique shops to visit and peruse. Among the best sites to visit:
· Hollywood Cemetery
· Edgar Allen Poe Museum
· Science Museum of Virginia
· American Civil War Center
· Richmond Liberty Trail
While it is a bit over 3 hours of driving to get here, this town of only 335 people is a fun road trip to make. Right by the ocean, this little town has a few historic sites to see like the Coinjock Colored School. But, just past the town is a place called the Grave Digger’s Café, where you can have lunch and see where the Grave Digger (a very famous monster truck) was made and take some rides on a dirt course. Kids will love this place and afterward you can take a walk on the beach.
One of the shorter road trips on the list, head down to Greenville in under 1.5 hours. With a huge urban park called Falls Park on the Reedy, bring a picnic and spend the day exploring the park including the suspension bridge that curves around the waterfall and gives you a great unobstructed view. It has won awards for its innovative design. When you get hungry, head to Smoky Dreams BBQ, The Trappe Door, Smoke on the Water, The Lazy Goat or one of the many other amazing restaurants for a fabulous meal. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch one of the many live music shows in the city.
If you love tailgating parties, Clemson is your destination. This quaint Southern college town houses Memorial Stadium, an on-campus venue nestled in the foothills. Saturdays are when the tailgating experiences begin and all you’ll see is a sea of orange, as these hardy fans cheer on their team to the win. People cook whole hogs right in the parking lot and the scene is quite amazing. Afterward, the Clemson nightlife comes alive and The Esso Club is quite famous in these parts.