This just in: North Carolina was recently ranked the best state for a summer road trip!
In a 2019 study performed by WalletHub using 33 key metrics to determine “the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations,” North Carolina beat out Wyoming, Minnesota, Virginia, Texas and New York to take the number one spot. And if you’ve ever been to the state, you probably won’t find it too surprising; from the artsy town of Asheville nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains to the stunning beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina has a whole lot to offer its visitors.
In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know to find the best RV rentals in NC — and plan your excursions to the destinations that make the state so appealing in the first place!
RV Rental Charlotte NC
If you live in or are looking to fly into Charlotte, NC, which is a major city and a hub airport for American Airlines, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore within a single day’s drive. Maybe you’ll take your camper rental all the way to Asheville, NC, or maybe you’ll just spend a weekend in Concord.
Either way, Charlotte is a great place to call home base while you explore the state. Here are some great destinations in the Charlotte area.
Concord, NC – 40 minutes from Charlotte
Just looking for a quick weekend getaway right outside of the city? Ditch the hustle and bustle of downtown Charlotte for Concord, NC, a quaint town of just under 100,000 people with tons of great things to see, do, and explore.
For instance, the SEA LIFE Aquarium Charlotte is actually located in Concord, and offers visitors of all ages the opportunity for hands-on, interactive experiences with all sorts of underwater critters. Be a spectator at feeding time or listen to a fun yet informative talk — and don’t forget to buy your tickets online to save up to $4 a person.
Concord also hosts a variety of beautiful outdoor areas to relax in, like Frank Liske Park, a farm converted to a public gathering ground which offers both its namesake lake and terrestrial activity options like mini-golf and athletic fields. Don’t confuse it with nearby Fisher Farm, an undeveloped 200-acre wooded park with an extensive network of hiking and biking trails to discover. And NASCAR fans will already know that it’s home to the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway — and yes, you can totally camp on-site!
Asheville, NC — 2 hours from Charlotte
If you’ve read this blog for even a little while, it’s totally possible you’ve already heard us sing Asheville’s praises. We’ve featured the town on a whole slew of our best destinations lists.
But as a camper, it’s hard to come up with a better destination: Asheville offers the perfect combination of artsy urban adventures and outdoor getaways, including waterfalls to chase, mountain roads to bike, and, of course, a whole slew of hiking trails fit for every single level.
Along with boasting one of the highest number of craft breweries per capita in the country, Asheville is also a great destination for coffee lovers, gallery browsers, and people who plain old love a beautiful mountain view. If you’re at all a bibliophile, don’t miss a trip to Malaprop’s, an adorable independent bookstore that hosts a variety of literary events and also is home to not one or two but eleven book clubs.
RV Rental Raleigh NC
There’s a good argument to be made that if you really want to learn the ins and outs of a state, the first place to go is its capital. Here are some destinations near Raleigh, NC worth checking out in your RV rental.
Greensboro, NC – 1.5 hours from Raleigh
A mid-sized city with plenty to see and do no matter where your particular interests lie, Greensboro, North Carolina is a great getaway for capital dwellers. Swing by the Greensboro Science Center to get up close and personal with both terrestrial and ocean wildlife, or pay a visit to the Guilford Courthouse, site of the famous 1781 battle. (It’s a National Park Service property, so don’t forget your passport!)
If that legendary North Carolina heat and humidity have got you down, look no further than the Emerald Pointe Wet ‘n Wild, which offers the perfect opportunity for cooling down on even the hottest summer day. If you’re going to stick around for a while, it may be worth it to opt for the season passes, and you can even spread out the expense by using their payment plan.
Winston-Salem NC – 1.5 hours from Raleigh
The seat of Forsyth County is well worth a visit, whether you’re a history buff or just looking to explore a different North Carolina cityscape. Take a trip over the beautiful footbridge at the scenic Graylyn Estate, or learn what life was like in yesteryear at the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.
But don’t worry — it’s not all old-school in this modern, southern town. You can also get a taste of the contemporary at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, which hosts a rotating schedule of openings and exhibits as well as its permanent collection. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art is also worth a visit, exhibiting pieces from a variety of eras across the centuries.
RV Rental Wilmington NC
As lovely as North Carolina’s interior is, you’d be remiss not to miss out on its epic beaches. First stop: Wilmington, the seaside city known as the gateway to the Cape Fear Coast — which isn’t anywhere near as scary as it sounds.
Enjoy the strong surf and boardwalk at Wrightsville, or simply bask in the sun at any of the other seaside stretches in the area. And you can’t go wrong by hanging out downtown, either; check out Riverwalk, which features an array of restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.
Finally, if you’re a history buff, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Battleship North Carolina, which is moored in town along the Cape Fear River. Along with giving you a chance to see what life was like onboard, this historic object is also stocked with a variety of artifacts from the World War II era.
The Outer Banks
Looking for a beach trip… and don’t mind foregoing the urban part of the adventure? We recommend you head to the Outer Banks, which is home to a beautiful stretch of sand and sea, lighthouses, and — yes, really — wild ponies.
A chain of barrier islands, the Outer Banks give you the opportunity to experience seascapes no matter where you turn, making them one of the most popular summer RVing destinations in the register. But they’re also an attractive option in the spring and fall shoulder seasons; although it may be too cold to swim, you’ll still be able to enjoy the view and the fresh seafood… and you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for the experience!
North Carolina Road Trip
No matter where in North Carolina you’re headed (or if you’ve got a different state in mind), an RVshare rental is the perfect way to combine comfort and convenience, all at an affordable price. Our rigs are offered by a trusted network of private owners and come in every shape, size, and footprint available — so if you’re looking for something other than the cut-and-dried Class A or Class C motorhome experience, you’ll have better luck on the peer-to-peer market than with the big guys.
Furthermore, each of our rigs is backed by an A-rated insurance policy from the moment you grab the keys to the moment you hand them back to the owners, so you’ll never have to wonder “what if” while you’re on the road. You can also opt into our 24/7 roadside assistance upgrade, not to mention the ease of our comprehensive and secure platform.
Regardless of where the road may lead, happy and safe travels!
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