10 Reasons to Travel to the Carolinas

Schools are letting out, days are getting longer and it’s time to take that summer vacation. So what are your vacation plans for the summer? Still looking for some last minute plans or thinking about trying to squeeze a budget vacation into your summer? Well there’s no place better to do it than the Carolinas! After the summer kick-off with Memorial Day weekend, the vacation season is in full swing in North and South Carolina. Below you’ll find 10 reasons to travel to North Carolina and South Carolina this summer.

  1. A River Runs Through it. If you’re ever been to the Carolinas then you know it can get hot during the summer time. Even summer afternoons at the beach can get toasty. The best way to beat the heat in the Carolinas is to head for the mountains and take to the waters, rafting or kayaking down one of the many rivers, such as the French Broad River near Asheville. For a little something a little more low key, there are several rivers that offer tubing.
  2. 7th Inning Stretch. I know what you’re thinking, there’s not even a MLB team in North Carolina or South Carolina. However, there’s plenty of exciting farm league teams in cities throughout the Carolinas, offering a great way to enjoy a summer evening. Tickets are cheap, usually no more than $5-$10 to watch up and coming baseball stars take the diamond.
  3. Life’s a Beach. That’s right and there are no shortage of beaches in North Carolina and South Carolina. Take your pick, from family beach to secluded island to party central. Some of world’s best beaches can be found right in the Carolinas.
  4. Farmers Markets. North and South Carolina are lined with acres and acres of fresh fruit and veggies and you don’t have to look far to find a farmers market with freshness that’s unrivaled by supermarkets. Charleston just happens to have one of the best farmers markets in the U.S. Located at Marion Square in downtown, you’ll find a variety of vendors, selling not only fresh fruit and vegetables, but artwork, crafts and some of the area’s best local cuisine, including fresh seafood.
  5. Cruisin’ from Chucktown. Visitors have been able to cruise from Charleston during the winter, but this marks the first time that Carnival Cruise Line has sailed year-round from Charleston. Cruises sail to the Bahamas, with 5, 6 and 7-day cruises available. Stay in Charleston for a couple days and make a couple weeks of it.
  6. Trekkin’ in the Mountains. Choose your trail in the North Carolina and South Carolina mountains. There’s plenty to choose from for every level of hiker, though your best photo opportunities are going to be at one of the parks, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  7. Festive Festivals. No matter which city you travel to in the Carolinas, odds are very likely that you’ll find at least one festival. Some of these range from local festivals that occur on a weekly basis with local and regional music acts, to larger scale events, including Freedom Weekend Aloft in Greenville, South Carolina, which features a weekend of national music acts, local vendors and carnival rides.
  8. Convertible Top Down on the Parkway. Although known for the beautiful fall colors in the fall, it’s not always easiest in the cooler fall to put the convertible top down and ride up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the most beautiful stretches of road in the U.S., there are plenty of great scenic overlooks. For a fun day trip, take the journey up to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.
  9. Hittin’ the Links. The Carolinas feature some of the top golf courses in the U.S., both in North and South Carolina. Pinehurst has played host to the U.S. Open, while Kiawah Island has hosted the PGA Ryder Cup and hosting the PGA Championship in 2012.
  10. Southern Cuisine. Grits, check. Sweet tea, check. Fried chicken, check. Fresh seafood, check. Let’s face it, you’re not coming to the Carolinas to diet, so you might as well go ahead and splurge on the delicacies of the south you won’t find elsewhere; ’cause when you get home there won’t be any sweet tea and shrimp and grits.