5 Wonderful Weekend Getaways From Greensboro
Want to get away? Luckily Greensboro is well-positioned for quick weekend escapes to a variety of places that offer both a change of pace and scenery. Here are five of the best best destinations worth road-tripping to.
A two-hour drive will get you to Charlotte, the largest city in the state of North Carolina. The city’s got a lot going on, whether you’re looking for unique culinary experiences, sports events, or outdoor adventures. Explore the region’s auto racing roots and experience the thrill of a race in a racing simulator at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown. Attend the most popular NASCAR race, the Coca-Cola 600, and watch the cars fly around the track as you hear the deafening roar of the engines. If you’re more into the great outdoors, you can stroll the Greenway and its 37 miles of developed pathways and trails. For a more extreme experience, head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for 1,300 acres of outdoor fun, including ziplines, trails, and rafting on a custom-designed rafting course featuring fast-flowing water that simulates class II to class IV rapids. Round out the afternoon with a humorous, 90-minute tour of Uptown on the Funny Bus. BYOB and get ready to laugh as you learn about the sights and sounds of the city. Enjoy one of Charlotte’s premier dining experience with the Wild Game Dinner at Fig Tree Restaurant. The fall menu includes boar, elk, and ostrich, which taste even better when paired with a bottle of red from their 38-page wine list. Grab an after-dinner craft cocktail with a view at Fahrenheit, perched 21 stories above the Queen City.
Hop in the car for an hour and you can be in Raleigh, which offers a number of diverse restaurants, historic attractions and things to do. The city is known for its quality museums, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and North Carolina Museum of History. If you’re looking for an outdoor challenge, grab a few friends and head to Go Ape Treetop Adventure, where you’ll swing through the trees as you navigate zip lines and suspended obstacles. For a more relaxing outdoor experience, visit the JC Raulston Arboretum where you can stroll through numerous themed gardens and extensive plant collections from around the world. Feeling famished? Take a tour of downtown Raleigh, foodie-style with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours and learn a bit of the town’s history and architecture while you sample the best food in the area. Treat yourself to something sweet by visiting the Videri Chocolate Factory, where you can see the chocolate-making magic, shop the factory’s confections, and relax and enjoy your organic chocolate on the outdoor patio – it’s BYOB!
In just under three hours you can be in Asheville, and the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Downtown offers a vibrant city center with a walkable neighborhood of independent shops, craft breweries, and dining options. Asheville is known for its legendary independent bookstores like Malaprops and Captain’s Bookshelf, and the Battery Park Book Exchange is the perfect spot to browse books and sip champagne with your pooch. But your trip isn’t complete without an outdoor adventure in Pisgah National Forest or Nantahala National Forest. For a thrill, slide down an all-natural 60-foot waterslide in Pisgah and into an eight-foot-deep refreshing pool of water. After drying off, continue on a scenic drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, dubbed “America’s favorite drive”, which passes right through Asheville, and hike any of the numerous trails dotting the mountain landscape. Take a pit stop at the Folk Art Center, which is filled with some of the highest quality, reginal handmade crafts. But don’t forget to check out Asheville’s buzzing food scene! Innovative chefs and food artisans sourcing their ingredients from the hundreds of farms surrounding the city offer hundreds of delectable options. If you can’t decide on a restaurant, you can get a taste of everything with a food tour, or taste award-winning cheeses made at creameries along the WNC Cheese Trail. You may not know it but Asheville is also one of America’s greatest music cities! So be sure to check out some live, local music, and the Moog Music Factory to learn about the birth of the synthesizer and electronic music.
Myrtle Beach is just a three-hour drive from Raleigh, and it offers everything you could want in a beach vacation spot. Sandy beaches, first-class live entertainment, and exciting attractions like the SkyWheel and Ripley’s Aquarium are just a few reasons why this is a top vacation destination. Golfers make the trip just for River Oaks Golf Plantation and its 800 pristine acres and unique 27-hole design stretching along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Another golfer’s haven is King’s North, one of three premier layouts at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club that was designed by legendary Arnold Palmer. To indulge your artistic side, visit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum or Studio B for a more eclectic selection of art available for sale. There’s also plenty of shopping opportunities, especially on Broadway at the Beach, where you can find one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques alongside nationally-recognized shopping names. Myrtle Beach is also full of natural beauty and wildlife, so explore it on a Gator Bait Adventure Tour or rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard at Carolina Waterman.
If you have a long weekend, Roanoke is a great destination for active outdoor adventures. Situated in the scenic Roanoke Valley in southwestern Virginia, about four hours from Greensboro, the city offers top-notch hiking, rock climbing, recreational boating, and sport fishing. Hike the trails at Mill Mountain Park, cycle the city on the Roanoke Valley Greenways, and explore the green and gorgeous Bottom Creek Gorge. Urban explorers can also find plenty to keep them interested with the city’s cultural diversions, dining spots, and shops that are unique to the region. The Taubman Museum of Art and Center in the Square are two of the top attractions in downtown Roanoke, the museum being a significant feature of the city skyline, and the Center in the Square serving as the hub for the city’s regional arts and cultural organizations, and their community events.
Have a fun weekend away, and when you return, stop by and tell us all about your trip! We’d be happy to show you around our new luxury apartments in Greensboro. We know that you’ll see that Revolution Mill is the perfect place to come home to after all your future adventures. Visit Revolution Mill online at revolutionmillapartments.com/ to schedule a tour or call us directly at (844) 816-7095.
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