A road trip through North Carolina wasn’t the top of our bucket list, but after making it a part of our trip this past January, I now know that it should have been. If you saw my last blog post about Charleston, then you know that we drove from Minnesota to South Carolina so we could bring Murphy along on our family vacation and stop to see some of the sights along the way. One of the best parts of that entire trip was on the way back when we built in a few days to explore the western part of North Carolina. It was incredible, and it was January. I can’t even imagine how beautiful this place would be in the fall or summer time. I guess we will have to go back.
In the meantime, here are four reasons why a road trip through western North Carolina should rise to the top of your bucket list:
We have heard so much about Asheville. When we lived in Cincinnati, we saw the Visit Asheville advertisements so frequently, I’m surprised that we didn’t make the trip when we lived there (it is A LOT closer). Breweries, great food, history, beautiful scenery, shopping — it has it all! Our only wish is that we had more time to spend there. We got in late, so only had the chance to drive up to the Biltmore Estate. I’ve heard and read that it is a place you could spend an entire day. Then we spent the rest of our evening exploring what we could before wrapping the evening at a Wicked Weed Brewing (top of my husband’s list to check out) with a growler to go. Next time, we will have to stay a bit longer to give ourselves enough time to do this amazing town justice.
We were road tripping after all, and driving through this area was the most beautiful part of our entire trip. The Blue Ridge Parkway (be sure to check for road closures if you’re there in the winter like we were — we weren’t able to drive the entire thing), Linville Gorge, and road to our B&B in Hot Springs were all breathtaking. And this was in the middle of the winter, without any snow. I was actually hoping for snow thinking some fresh white stuff would help brighten up leafless trees and brown ground, but turns out North Carolina is no Minnesota and was beautiful even without it. I can’t even imagine making these drives in the fall, but I hope one day that we get the chance to.
This was probably one of our least planned trips ever. Typically we know exactly which hikes we want to do, how many in a day, and time out how many miles we plan to get in. For whatever reason, we didn’t this trip and turns out it couldn’t have worked out better. We found two different trails while driving around and both were amazing. We even were able to hike a small bit of the Appalachian Trail.
The views were amazing at every turn. Whether we were driving, hiking, or exploring towns, this area is just gorgeous. Even our B&B was situated in the most picturesque location with a mountain backdrop and the sound of the river rushing below. If you’re in this area, we would highly recommend staying at River Dance.
We only saw just a small piece of this part of the state on this short trip — I can only imagine how many more amazing sights we would find if we were able to spend just a few more days in this area.
Have you traveled here? What are your favorite places you’ve visited? We will have to add them to our list for our next trip here, because we will be back!
Hi! I’m Theresa. I live with my husband Travis, Goldendoodle Murphy, and cat Tonka in Minnesota. I’m a marketer, adventurer, and hobby photographer. We love to travel as much as we can, and spend most of our free time outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, or at our lake cabin in Wisconsin.