Last Updated on October 6, 2021
Last Updated on October 6, 2021
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Whether you’re seeking the beach, a fun city or a small town, or somewhere in the mountains, we’re confident that these are the best spring break destinations in North Carolina. After years of exploring this wonderful state, we’re always searching for new and unique things to do.
That’s why this isn’t just a list of beaches, amazing state parks and National Parks sites, and otherwise typical ideas. You’ll see that when perusing these 11 possibilities for spring break vacations.
Above all, we hope this guide helps you load up on things to do for spring break this year and beyond!
Spring Break Destinations in North Carolina
If you’re looking for something specific, we’ve organized these spring break destinations in North Carolina in alphabetical order!
While we believe that Asheville is truly awesome for all four seasons, but it’s definitely among the best spring break destinations in North Carolina. For starters, the flowers start to bloom at the Biltmore, one of many beautiful botanical gardens we’ll mention in this guide.
Even if you didn’t bring kiddos, you’ll want to check out the animals at the WNC Nature Center, as they’ll start to become a bit more active.
Spring comes a little later to Boone but we still think it’s a great spot to visit as the weather begins to warm up. The town is packed with fun things to do throughout the year.
Of course, Boone is surrounded by amazing hikes and waterfalls. We’ve hiked Elk Knob State Park in Meat Camp and Rough Ridge Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway during spring and absolutely recommend them.
Picture flowers blooming in trees everywhere as you board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad or drive toward the Road to Nowhere. As the weather picks up its stride, we think Bryson City is one of the best spring break destinations in North Carolina.
Of course, you could always just spend your time at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It’s one of our favorite places to just hang out with a pint by the river or launch a boat for some adventure.
Make your stay extra memorable by staying in a train car, which ranks high among the coolest Airbnbs in North Carolina.
We couldn’t leave the Queen City off of our list for the best spring break destinations in North Carolina! Charlotte is filled with fun museums, plenty of outdoor spaces, and a light rail system that makes it easy to explore the different neighborhoods of the city.
You could never leave this city and enjoy a fun-filled trip. Of course, there are plenty of great day trips from Charlotte within a short drive, including nearby locations like Mooresville or Concord!
The Carolina Treehouse is a great place to stay near Charlotte, in case you’re searching for a truly memorable experience!
Along with the wonderful American Tobacco Campus and other highlights downtown, be sure to check out the area once known as Black Wall Street. It’s among the most important places to learn about Black history in North Carolina, if not the entire US.
Fayetteville is known as America’s Hometown, thanks to the large military installment at Fort Bragg. After many visits to the area, we think Fayetteville is one of the best spring break destinations in North Carolina!
The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is the perfect place to walk and enjoy beautiful flowery scenes. We also love the Rose Garden at Fayetteville Technical Community College, but you might prefer that one in the summer.
Gobble down a meal at Circa 1800 (one of our favorite restaurants in Fayetteville) and make some candles at Hummingbird Candle Company for a wonderful vacation!
We could go on and have done so in our guide that covers the best things to do in Fayetteville.
Jacksonville is another surprise addition to our list of incredible spring break destinations in North Carolina! While there is a heavy military presence in Jacksonville because of Camp Lejeune, this Eastern North Carolina city has a lot to offer!
We think Jacksonville is a hidden gem and an unexpected getaway!
The Outer Banks
While the Outer Banks is definitely a summer destination, we’ve found that spring vacations here are just as enjoyable.
Of course, you can always drive along NC-12, part of our favorite scenic road along the coast. Besides the iconic lighthouses, the lovely Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and other attractions, it’s great to be out on that open road.
We still recommend calling ahead before visiting specific attractions. In some cases (like at Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station), you may be able to get a private tour with nobody else around.
The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo burst with color and growth, the weather is cool enough to enjoy some of the easy hiking trails that are often too hot in the summer, and many of the restaurants are starting to open up for the season.
While MerleFest typically happens near the end of spring (2021 will be different), this is something you should know about regardless of when you visit. The annual family-friendly music festival has brought big names like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tyler Childers, and North Carolina’s The Avett Brothers to the area.
Even if you aren’t in town for MerleFest, there are many more things to do while in the area.
For those traveling as a family, there are so many great kid-friendly things to do including visiting Battleship North Carolina, the Wilmington Railroad Museum, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
We’ve created a guide to help in case you’re searching for places to stay in Wilmington!
Winston-Salem is filled with history and beauty, which is why it may be last but certainly not least of our favorite spring break destinations in North Carolina!
In Camel City, you’ll learn some interesting North Carolina history at Old Salem and walk through local royalty’s shoes at Reynolda House. Those are two of the best museums in the city and a great starting point.
You can also make a quick day trip over to Kernersville for a sea of tulips at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden.
Ready to Explore these Great Spring Break Destinations in North Carolina?
As you can see, you can make whatever kind of memories you want at these diverse spring break destinations in North Carolina. We hope you’re able to enjoy the regrowth associated with spring and the comparatively warmer weather that comes with it.
If you’re new to the state, we’d love to know which of these spring break destinations in North Carolina will be first on your list. In case you know about them, we’d love to know what you think of our list.
Either way, keep the conversation going in the comments section, and feel free to share your favorite spring break destinations in North Carolina in our Facebook Group!