If you’re looking to go on an awesome southern adventure for your next RV trip, look no further than the Carolinas. From the mountainous landscapes in North Carolina to the cities and beaches in South Carolina, there are endless ways to explore these two east coast states. To help you plan your trip, here are eight places to check out in the Carolinas—with or without your RV!
1. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
If you’re planning to visit Raleigh, then the North Carolina Museum of Art should be on your list. Since 1929, this museum has displayed collections that go back more than 5,000 years all the way to the present. Sculptures from Greece and Rome, objects from African, ancient American, and Jewish cultures, and paintings from the Italian Renaissance fill the rooms of this art museum. Outside, you can explore the art of nature by immersing yourself in fields of zinnias and sunflowers or by walking by beautiful sculpture gardens. The park is 164 acres and aims to create a space where everyone feels like they belong.
2. Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, NC
For those who prefer the outdoorsy experience, you can’t go wrong with Hanging Rock State Park, In this 7,869-acre state park, there are endless activities to partake in, such as exploring mountain bike trails, going on family picnics, hiking the iconic Hanging Rock Trail, Indian Creek Trail, where you’ll also see Hidden and Window Falls, or the popular Lower Cascade Falls trail. You can also fish if you have a license for it in the state. There are even several RV sites you can camp at while you’re there!
3. Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC
While you may think of places like Napa Valley in California or Douro Valley in Portugal as the signature wine spots, North Carolina is also a place for wine lovers to thrive. Childress Vineyards is a world-class winery located in the first federally designated region for growing grapes in the state: Yadkin Valley. This winery spreads over 70 acres of land and offers over 30 wines—from sweet whites to dry reds—which can be served as wine flights or pours. Visitors can also take a 30-minute walking tour of the winery and grab a bite to eat in the bistro—an experience you don’t want to miss while in the Carolinas!
4. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, NC
If you’re looking for a luxury experience on your Carolina trip, then you’ll have to check out Pinehurst No. 2. For over 125 years, this golf resort has been serving its community. Take a break from RVing and stay in one of the three historical hotels, fine dine at one of the restaurants, relax in the spa, fish on Lake Pinehurst, and of course, spend a day golfing with your family and friends.
5. The City of Charleston, SC
If you’re going to visit South Carolina on your trip, checking out the city of Charleston is a must. Known for its war history, amazing food, good weather, and southern roots, there are endless ways to experience this lively city. While walking along cobble-stone streets, you’ll spot horse carriages, churches, and art museums. While here, it’s worth going to the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the first bishop of Charleston, which has been around since the 1850s. In addition, head to the picturesque Charleston Harbor to spot wild birds, visit The Charleston Museum to view dinosaur remains and learn about the history of slavery, or experience a day of fun with your kids at Frankie’s Fun Park by riding go-karts and playing arcade games.
6. The City of Myrtle Beach, SC
Charleston isn’t the only city in South Carolina worth visiting. If you’re looking for more of a beachy, upbeat, and exciting environment, then head to Myrtle Beach. This ocean-side city is known for its fun amusement parks, beautiful beaches, cool watersports, and various golfing spots. WonderWorks Myrtle Beach is a popular amusement park with fun rides and games. You can also relax at Cherry Grove Beach or play a round of golf at River Oaks Golf Club.
7. Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland, SC
If you’re looking to be in nature, go explore Caesars Head State Park. The park is known for Caesars Head, a large rock that can be easily reached via a 0.3-mile hike. This short walk on Caesars Head Overlook Trail includes a lookout tower and views of Table Rock, Paris Mountain, and more. There are also many trails in this park that lead to waterfalls, such as Raven Cliff Falls Trail or Jones Gap and Rainbow Falls Trail. RV camping is not allowed in this park, but there are campgrounds nearby, such as Black Forest Family Camping Resort.
8. Congaree National Park, Richland Country, SC
For anyone trying to check every national park off of their bucket list, it’s worth adding Congaree National Park to your itinerary. This park has some of the tallest trees in the eastern part of the country. Swamplands, plant and animal species, and cypress trees spread across the landscape. What’s even cooler is that for thousands of years, Native Americans utilized this hardwood forest for resources. In fact, the park was named after the Congaree Indians who once inhabited the area. RV camping is not allowed in this national park, but there are campgrounds nearby, such as Sweetwater Lake Campground.
The best part about planning a road trip to the Carolinas is that there is an activity for every type of person to enjoy—from those who love luxury to the adventure-seeking outdoors enthusiast. The Carolinas are just one of many warm places to escape to, especially during the wintertime. We hope this guide inspired you to make the Carolinas a part of your next itinerary.
See you on the road!