Three women sit on a red jeep as the sun sets behind them.

Summer’s here in Denver, North Carolina are great. The weather is warm, the sun is almost always out, and the cool water of Lake Norman is always there for a refreshing swim. That being said, it is only natural to want to travel a little bit over summer — even if you are spoiled with where you currently live. 

Lucky for you, our Denver, NC apartments are in the perfect location to call home-base for all of your Eastern United States road trips. While there are a number of states close by that can provide you with a fun itinerary, there is also plenty to do here in the Carolinas. 

In today’s blog, we will be discussing some things that you should consider when planning a summer road trip through the Carolinas, as well as our top five attractions that you should add to your itinerary. 

Road Trip Planning

When To Visit

This blog is about planning an end of the summer road trip, but it would be unfair for us to say that the late months of summer are among the best for road tripping. In reality, there is no bad time to road trip in the Carolinas — well, maybe besides the middle of winter.

While the late summer is our preferred time of the year for road tripping, there are other popular months when other locals decide to hit the road. For some, it is in the spring, when the rhododendrons are blooming near Roan Mountain. For others, the most optimal time for a road trip is in the Fall, as the leaves in the western mountains change colors. 

So in short, there is no bad time to plan a road trip through the Carolinas. 

Where Should You Stay?

One of the most important considerations that you can make when planning a road trip is where you will stay. Some people like to roughneck it and camp under the stars. Others, however, prefer the comfort of a bed. 

Luckily, there are plenty of places to stay in the Carolinas. With motels, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, hotel chains, and more, there are plenty of places that you can find comfort after a long day on the road. 

Regardless of your trip plans, we are confident that you can find lodging ranging from a state park campground to an oceanfront island resort that will be more than satisfactory during your stay. 

How Should You Plan Your Route?

Generally speaking, there is no wrong way to plan a road trip. All that it should include is you leaving your apartment on day one and you returning to our Denver, NC apartments again once your travels are over.

That being said, depending on the amount of time that you have available and the different attractions that are on your itinerary, you can map your route to be more efficient. In our opinion, the best way to do so is to create a large loop — stopping at each dot that has been circled on the map — but we also understand that it is not always possible to do so. 

What Are 5 Places That Would Be On Our Road Trip?

At The Riverwalk Apartment Homes, we love Denver. After all, we did choose to build our apartments here in town. That being said, we do have some places that we like to visit when we aren’t here, living or working, at our apartments in Denver, NC. Continue reading to see our favorites!

  1. Asheville, North Carolina (100 Miles West)

Located under a two-hour drive away from our apartments in Denver, NC is Asheville — a nature-filled beer town with an art problem. Sandwiched by the Blueridge Mountains, Asheville is seemingly cut off from the rest of the Carolinas, but it still maintains its modern yet authentic aesthetic. 

Featuring endless outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking to art exhibits, local shops, restaurants, and more — you could spend a full day walking around and still feel like you have so much to see still. Additionally, in recent years Asheville has become somewhat of a brewery hub, with upwards of 20 breweries attracting travelers from all over the country. 

  1. Outer Banks, North Carolina (391 Miles East)

Being that it is still summer, what better place is there to go than to the beach? Sure, the beach at Lake Norman is just a short drive from our Denver, NC apartments, but it is not the same as the Atlantic Coast. 

The Outer Banks is an island group on the coast of North Carolina that offer access to some of the best open beaches, restaurants, hotels, and local shops on the East Coast. But what is this area known for? How does shipwreck diving sound? Because we think it sounds pretty awesome!

  1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (269 Miles South)

Hilton Head is a large island just north of the South Carolina and Georgia border. While it might seem like Hilton Head Island is quite the drive from our apartments in Denver, NC, it is closer than the Atlantic Coast here in North Carolina. 

Rich with history, the lowland island of Hilton Head features a cute historic district that is jam-packed with historical landmarks and museums. And when you get your history fix, there are plenty of quaint boutiques and restaurants in the area for you to tour. 

  1. Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden (119 Miles South)

Within a two-hour drive from our apartments in Denver, you can find yourself at Pearl Friar’s Topiary Garden, a beautiful display of trees molded by the influence of man. Well, by Pearl Friar, that is.

After becoming a property owner for the first time in 1981, Pearl Friar, upon hearing that African-Americans “don’t keep up with their yards,” decided to show people just how wrong they were. Teaching himself horticulture, Friar learned to grow beautiful trees and plants that he could meticulously trim to create a whimsical garden paradise for all to see. 

  1. Whitewater Way (153 Miles South)

If you plan to visit South Carolina on your late-summer road trip, we urge you to consider driving through Whitewater Way. Whitewater Way is not a place per se, but rather multiple places alongside the road between South Carolina and Sapphire, North Carolina on Highway 281.

Featuring a number of picturesque waterfalls, including the tallest waterfall East of the Rocky Mountains, this stretch of road won’t disappoint. In fact, you might not be doing much driving at all with all of the scenic areas where you can stop and stare at cascading waterfalls. 

So What Are You Waiting For? Make Our Denver Apartments Home-Base And Hit The Road!

As summer draws to an end, we hope that you can find the time to take a road trip and experience all that our great state (and our neighbor to the south) has to offer. While in today’s blog post we only discussed five of our favorite places to add to a road trip itinerary, rest assured that there are hundreds of other fun places to visit both near and afar. So what are you waiting for? Pack your stuff and hit the road! 

Are you still looking for a place in Central North Carolina to call home base? We urge you to check out the city and our apartments in Denver.  Contact us today to schedule a tour or ask any questions that you might have. 

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