The Perfect Fall Road Trip in North Carolina!

Buckle up, roll down your windows, and prepare your camera because it is time for a road trip! Autumn is here, and the foliage of the state makes for a breathtaking sight. In North Carolina, there is no better way to spend your weekend than a road trip for a closer look at the fall weather. 

Sola Coffee Café, Raleigh, NC

Just like our vehicles, we need the energy to get going. Start your day with a cup of joe at Sola Coffee Café. Located in Raleigh, Sola Coffee Café offers coffee and espresso to wake you up as early as 6:30 a.m. If a passenger or two is not a coffee fan, Sola Coffee Café also serves teas, juices, and smoothies. For breakfast, grab an egg sandwich, doughnuts, omelets, or a baked good from the bakery. 

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by S O L A C O F F E E C A F E (@solacoffee) on

Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh, NC

Open at 8 a.m., stop by the Historic Yates Mill County Park that serves as a wildlife park. Also, this historic site served as a water-powered gristmill in the 18th century. A hidden gem to Raleigh, travel the hiking trails to stretch your legs before the car ride or tour the mill for a small admission fee.  

A post shared by vickiosphotos (@vickiosphotos) on

CJ’s Olde Towne Restaurant, Asheboro, NC

To fill your belly after the journey to Asheboro, stop in CJ’s Olde Towne Restaurant for a bite. The relaxed atmosphere, the quick service, and the delicious options are what makes CJ’s the lunch spot of Asheboro. The casual atmosphere makes for a relaxed dining experience after being on the road, and the staff members are quick to serve your food so you can get back on the road sooner than later. The food portions are large, ensuring you recharge and ready to make it to the next leg of your road trip.

Twin Trestle Trailhead, Shelby, NC

To stretch your legs and enjoy a peaceful, scenic walk, Twin Trestle, also known as First Broad River Trail, is a great stop to take a break. The trail is an easy three-mile trail that is well maintained and includes a waterfall, suspension bridge, and trestle. 

Coming back across the suspension bridge on the First Broad River Thread Trail

A post shared by Jennifer Mygatt (@jjmyg) on

Stepp’s Hill Crest Orchard, Hendersonville, NC

Stepp’s Hill Crest Orchard is a pick your own apple orchard in Hendersonville. To celebrate the arrival of fall, take the time to pick from a great variety of apples. Before hitting the road again, explore the corn maze, apple cannon or travel the beautiful nature trail of the orchard.

Thank you NC for the waterfalls, apple pickin, chinese lanterns & botanical gardens!

A post shared by Ariel K. McClain (@humble_farmess) on

The Haunted Farm, Hendersonville, NC

Head a few minutes down the road to get into the Halloween spirit and catch a little fright! The Haunted Farm, one of “North Carolina’s Best Haunted Attractions,” dedicates over 3,200 square-feet of housing in the attempt to scare guests. Enter the Haunted Farmhouse and enjoy a night of scares and heart jumping moments. 

Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

The premier bar of Asheville, unwind and have a drink after a day of travel and activities. Thirsty Monk has many beer options on tap that aim to please every beer enthusiast. The casual environment of the pub makes it easy to chill, have a beer or two and even has a food menu if you are feeling a little hungry. 

Beaufort House Inn, Asheville, NC

Rest in a warm, cozy bed after the first day of road tripping is complete at the Beaufort House Inn. Located near the Thirsty Monk, this small inn offers guests with free wireless Internet and a hot tub. The owners of the Beaufort House Inn are both welcoming and friendly. The rooms in the inn are beautifully decorated to give guests a homey feel. If you are not quite ready to settle down for the evening, explore the historic grounds of the Inn. 

Sunny Point Café, West Asheville, NC

After you are well-rested, stop by the Sunny Point Café for breakfast before getting back on the road. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this café of Asheville has plenty of breakfast options to fulfill any craving. Embrace the comfort of the southern style foods including biscuits and gravy, and hot buttermilk French toast. 

A post shared by Jennifer (@thecharlottefoodie) on

Blue Ridge Parkway, Canton, NC

The best part of fall is the beautiful North Carolina foliage. Blue Ridge Parkway’s foliage brings people from all over to view and capture the beauty. “Experience America’s favorite drive” through varying elevation levels and if you are just in time, view the fall colors of Blue Ridge Parkway. The last leg of your road trip journey, it will not disappoint. Rather walk and take in the view on foot? There’s a variety of trails throughout Blue Ridge with different lengths and levels of difficulty so everyone can enjoy. 

Share your favorites!
North Carolina Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You

Ax and the Hatchetmen

8:00 PM
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro, NC
Learn More

Gina Brillon

7:00 PM
Raleigh Improv, Cary, NC
Learn More


7:30 PM
Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro, NC
Learn More

Dave Hause

8:00 PM
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro, NC
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC
About Us:Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 1,500-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains.  Approximat... Read More
233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC
Welcome to the North Carolina Pottery Center, the only state-wide facility in the nation devoted solely to pottery. Designed, funded, and construct... Read More
572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford, NC
San-Lee Park is a 177+acre park, located at 572 Pumping Station Road, that offers hiking trails, a mountain bike trail, a Nature Center, playground... Read More
1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines, NC
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is a unique window onto the longleaf pine forests that once covered millions of acres in the southeastern ... Read More
3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC
When you think summer, think Wet'n Wild. The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun. With over 36 ... Read More
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of nine access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir. M... Read More
1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point, NC
Maize Adventure is the most famous corn maze in NC that is the perfect way for your family, school, home school or church group to experience a day... Read More
131 West Church Street, Ellerbe, NC
The Rankin Museum is fun for all ages. Take yourself away from your everyday world and explore faraway places and times past in our exhibits. Imagi... Read More
310 South Greene Street, Greensboro, NC
History:The Carolina Theatre, originally billed as “The Showplace of the Carolinas,” opened on Halloween night in 1927 as a 2,200-seat ... Read More
134 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC
Vision:We seek to memorialize the courageous stand of the Greensboro Four as they launched, for posterity, the sit-in movement on February 1, 1960.... Read More
200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC
Mission Statement: Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art is a non-profit organization devoted to the stateÔ³ visual arts, artists, and cultura... Read More
220 North Church Street, Greensboro, NC
Mission StatementThe Greensboro Children’s Museum’s Mission is to provide children and families with fun, interactive, educational expe... Read More
200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC
The Greensboro Cultural Center provides four levels of galleries, studios, classrooms, and rehearsal halls to stimulate the mind and excite the sen... Read More
Show More
Select a North Carolina town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Chowan County
Hoke County
Pasquotank County
Tyrrell County