Drive-Thru Vacations: North Carolina Sights to See from Your Car
Experiencing a little cabin fever (who isn’t!) these days? Just imagine – fresh air zipping through your car and beautiful scenery greeting you from every direction while you embrace the nostalgia of a road trip. To make this daydream a reality, we’ve created a menu of scenic North Carolina trips you can take without ever feeling the need to leave the safety of your car.
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1. VOLLIS SIMPSON WHIRLIGIG PARK | WilsonMeet at the intersection of art and science at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, where you can take in the late Vollis Simpson’s wondrous art pieces from your parked car. Filled with whimsical, wind-driven creations, the 2-acre park invites you to look around and let these spectacular spinning sights take your imagination for a ride. Fun fact: Whirligigs are North Carolina’s official folk art!
Add a side: Grab a beer (or a four-pack to-go) at the female- and minority-owned Casita Brewing across the street from the park. With outdoor seating, you can still easily admire the whirligigs as you soak in the sunshine. Then browse even more beers – hundreds, in fact – at Brewmasters (Count On Me NC-certified) on your way out of town to take home some flavors of the region.
2. POTTERY ROAD | SeagroveAnother famous place to drive in our state, Pottery Road surrounds the town of Seagrove, also known as the “Pottery Capital of America.” Although this art thoroughfare is only about 30 miles long, you can easily spend a full day exploring this unique glimpse into rural North Carolina. The area became a haven for potters thanks to its rich clay deposits and is now home to about 100 pottery studios, many of which are operated out of the artists’ homes and feature outdoor displays. You can buy directly from more than 20 of them online as well.
Add a side: After popping in and out of a multitude of studios, make a reservation to visit the North Carolina Zoo. This largest natural habitat zoo in the world is Count On Me NC-certified, meaning it’s implemented procedures to ensure safety as you discover 500 acres of habitats.