Day Trips

Grandfather Mountain, just past Boone

The Foothills is a short drive from many wonderful places that North Carolina has to offer. Within an hour, you can explore Charlotte, Asheville, Winston-Salem and The High Country, just to name a few. Here are a few day adventures that top locals' favorite list.

Staycation, vacation, and afternoon exploration are all close in Charlotte! It's a destination for many travelers, and it’s all right here at our fingertips. Explore and enjoy world-renowned museums, restaurants, shopping, expansive parks, art and cultural installations, professional sports, and oh so much more!

Known around the world, Asheville is just an hour to the west. Wonderful mountain views with a vibrant downtown is just a short hop away. Enjoy shopping, dining and so much more! Indulge in a spa weekend, take in the sights from a rooftop bar, and explore a vibrant downtown!

The High Country
Just 45 minutes “up the hill” is the North Carolina High Country! Start with Tweetsie Railroad and take in the Blowing Rock. Enjoy the quaint downtown areas in Blowing Rock and Boone. Explore the parks and trails around Linville, Grandfather Mountain and Banner Elk. Golf in the summer, and ski in the winter! We know that there is too much to do in one day, but it's fine... It's just a short run away!

Winston Salem
Visit a medium-size city an hour to the east. Embark on a craft draft crawl, enjoy the sights and history of Old Salem, and take in major sporting events at Wake Forest University. Enjoy the world-renowned holiday lights at Tanglewood park during the holidays! Take some time to explore the wineries in the Yadkin Valley. It's all just a car ride away!