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6 Raleigh Day Trips That Offer the Perfect Getaway


There’s no denying that Raleigh is a great place to live. Its beautiful weather, affordable cost of living and thriving arts scene are just a few reasons why people love it here. But every now and then it’s fun to take a quick trip to explore a new place. Luckily you can find several easy day trips from Raleigh, whether you want to escape the city and get outdoors or discover a nearby city and its culture. These six nearby destinations are perfect for anyone looking for a quick getaway from the City of Oaks.


Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a charming college town that’s just a 30-minute drive from Raleigh. Home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it’s overflowing with history, natural beauty and southern hospitality. Learn something new at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or meander through the North Carolina Botanical Garden with its beautiful nature trails and themed gardens. Bustling Franklin Street is known for its festivities, nightlife and culture. You’ll find small music venues like the Cat’s Cradle and the Carrboro Arts Center, as well as many coffee shops, restaurants, museums, bookshops, music stores and bars. End the day by treating yourself to a fantastic haircut, color or facial at Aveda Institute, one of the nation’s best cosmetology schools.



Durham, just a 30-minute drive to the north and west of Raleigh, offers everything from history, to culture, fine dining, sporting events and natural experiences. Civil War buffs will love Bennett Place State Historic Site, where historic structures and reenactment events tell the story of the single largest surrender of the Civil War. If the arts are more your thing, Duke University Nasher Museum will keep you entertained with over 10,000 pieces in its permanent art collections and traveling exhibits. Nature lovers will lose themselves at Duke Gardens and its 55 acres of specialized gardens.



Triad Stage Theater in Greensboro, NC



Lovers of the arts will appreciate Greensboro for its quirky art galleries, interesting museums and well-maintained urban parks. The city is particularly known in the theater community and is famous for The Triad Stage, a nationally acclaimed regional theater that attracts serious talent. For something a little more casual and unconventional, enjoy Broadway-style performances during “Dinnertainment” at The Barn Dinner Theater. Sports fans will find it’s worth taking a day trip from Raleigh simply to visit the ACC Hall of Champions, which celebrates the league with interactive displays, exhibits and multi-purpose programs.



Take a trip to the wild side and visit Asheboro, a short drive west of Raleigh. Visit the North Carolina Zoo, where 1,600 animals from Africa and North America reside. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Go ape and zip through the treetops on the 90-minute Richland Creek Zipline Canopy Tour. For something a little more relaxing, Routh Horse Ranch offers horseback riding trails that cross scenic woods, fields and streams.



If it’s a day at the beach you want, then a trip to Wilmington is in order. Located just a couple of hours east of Raleigh, Wilmington has three colorful island beaches where you can escape the hectic pace of everyday life. The city also has one of the largest historic districts in the United States. Tour the moss-draped historic area by horse-drawn carriages, riverboats and trolley cars. The perfect ending to a great day in Wilmington is dinner at one of the fine restaurants along the Riverwalk.


Yadkin Valley

Hit the road and head just west of Winston-Salem to tour dozens of wineries in the Yadkin Valley. The unique microclimate found along the river and in the shade of the Blue Ridge Mountains produces a variety of grapes, from Muscadine and Scuppernong to European varietals like Zinfandel and Aleatico. The wineries in the Yadkin Valley are small, but they have big reputations as many of them are award-winning and nationally acclaimed. Every type of wine lover will enjoy the tastings, tours, events and musical performances at these intimate wine tasting rooms.


Did we miss any of your favorite destinations for a day trip from Raleigh? We’d love to hear about where you like to go and the adventures you’ve had! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we hope you’ll stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (844) 816-7095.


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