Summer is here and I’m frantically trying to create my summer bucket list and plan about 4 trips while saving room in hopes that the trip I really want to take materializes. It’s stressful. And with rising costs of literally everything these days, it can be hard to decide the trips that are the easiest, and most cost-effective, all while being fun! Because the last you want to do is spend money on a trip that disappoints. Our friends over at WalletHub recently ranked the best 2023 summer travel destinations. These are the places that offer you the most “bang for your buck” as they say. They looked at 100 of the largest metro areas in the country and ranked them using several metrics. These include the cost of travel, the number of attractions, and the price of meals. So what are the best places to travel if you are staying in or traveling from North Carolina?
Of course that depends if you want to drive or fly. For the purpose of this list, I pulled the driving distance destinations. Because chances are if you are planning a larger trip that includes flying, you already have a destination in mind. So consider these spots, many of which are in North or South Carolina, and all within about a 6-hour (my max limit) drive. Some may have already been on your radar, but others may give you a new idea for your perfect getaway. Keep in mind these are metro areas, not small towns, and ranked mainly on affordability and offerings, not beauty as many of our other lists are.
Keep reading to see 14 of the best place to travel in and around North Carolina this summer. Want to see the full WalletHub list and metrics? You can find that here.