2024 Spring Destinations

Join us as we make our way through extraordinary 2024 spring destinations in the Carolinas! This field trip guide unveils the ultimate spring destinations for 2024, combining science, nature, culture, and travel delights.

Discover the wonders of the Catawba Science Center, where interactive exhibits ignite curiosity. Dive into outdoor exploration at the Eastern 4-H Center, offering a perfect blend of adventure and education. Explore the lush NC wine regions, savoring the flavors of local vineyards. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Randolph County's museums. Plus, don't miss an exclusive opportunity to unlock travel discounts by joining the Tripfox Travel Club.

Let this guide be your key to an unforgettable spring filled with discovery, adventure, and savings!

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Currituck Beach lighthouse

Kick off your NC lighthouse tour in the quaint Outer Banks village of Corolla, at the Currituck Beach lighthouse.


Currituck, NC, invites visitors to savor a blend of coastal beauty and rich history. Explore the iconic Currituck Beach Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Outer Banks. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, offering birdwatching and pristine landscapes.

Discover the historic Whalehead Club, an exquisite mansion showcasing the area's heritage. Enjoy water adventures on the Currituck Sound or relax on the tranquil beaches. With its lighthouse, wildlife refuge, historic sites, and coastal charm, Currituck is one of the best 2024 spring destinations for Carolina Travelers who have never visited the Outer Banks.


A woman feeds a tiger at Tiger World

Channel your inner zookeeper and try feeding a tiger at Tiger World!

Tiger World

Tiger World in Rockwell, NC, offers an unforgettable wildlife experience with a focus on conservation. Visitors can marvel at a diverse range of exotic animals, including tigers, lions, and other endangered species. Engage in interactive educational programs to learn about wildlife conservation and the unique characteristics of each species. Explore the Big Cat Walkabout, where majestic big cats roam in naturalistic habitats. Tiger World is one of the best 2024 spring destinations for a thrilling and educational adventure, promoting awareness and appreciation for the world's endangered wildlife.

Pond adjacent to Shelton Vineyard in Dobson NC

A picture perfect view from Shelton Vineyard in Dobson, NC. Photo credit: Karen L of Manassas, VA (Tripadvisor)

Spend the Day in Dobson

Dobson, birthplace of the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), North Carolina’s inaugural federally recognized wine-growing region, will clearly appeal to many as a worthwhile day(-drinking) trip. Enjoy a wine tasting at Shelton Vineyards, Dobson's largest family-owned estate winery. Boutique gems like Haze Gray Vineyards and Hidden Vineyard offer on-site rental cabins, if you're that enchanted that you'd love to stay the whole weekend. Be sure to visit Stony Knoll Vineyards, a cherished N.C. Century Farm committed to grape cultivation and winemaking traditions situated along the picturesque Stony Knoll Road.


Woman paddles an orange kayak

Stop into Cook's before embarking on your next outdoor expedition in Wilkesboro.

Cook's Sports

Cook's Sports in Wilkesboro, NC, is your go-to destination for all things sports and outdoor recreation. With a wide selection of sporting goods, including equipment, apparel, and accessories, they cater to athletes of all levels. From team sports to individual pursuits, Cook's Sports provides quality products and knowledgeable staff to meet your needs. Whether you're gearing up for a game or embracing outdoor adventures, Cook's Sports is your reliable source for top-notch sports gear in Wilkesboro.

Hanging Rock State Park is one of the best 2024 spring destinations.

Chasing waterfalls through Hanging Rock State Park.

Serenity in Stokes County

Stokes County, NC, beckons visitors with a plethora of recreational and scenic delights for an unforgettable experience. The county's enchanting landscapes make it one of the best 2024 spring destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, with Hanging Rock State Park offering hiking trails, waterfalls, and breathtaking vistas. The Dan River presents opportunities for kayaking, tubing, and fishing, while the historic town of Danbury invites exploration of its charming sites and local shops.

Year-round, Stokes County hosts vibrant events and festivals, showcasing the community's rich culture. Whether reveling in the natural beauty, partaking in water adventures, or immersing in local charm, Stokes County presents diverse options for a truly memorable and enjoyable visit.

Mayo River State Park

Mayo River State Park in Stokes County, NC. Picture by Beth B on TripAdvisor.

Sponsored Rockingham County Day Trip

Rockingham County, NC, offers a diverse array of attractions for visitors, making it an ideal spring day trip destination. Explore the beauty of nature at Mayo River State Park, boasting scenic trails and riverside activities. Visit the Wentworth Historic District to delve into the region's rich history and architecture. Racing enthusiasts can experience the thrills at the Rockingham Speedway. Whether enjoying outdoor adventures or immersing in cultural experiences, Rockingham County is one of the most well-rounded 2024 spring destinations in the Carolinas. For recommendations on a long weekend in Rockingham County, check out our Dan River itinerary!

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Musicians at Everybody's Day festival in Thomasville NC

Can't visit Thomasville in spring? Come in autumn for the Everybody's Day Festival!

Spring Daze in Thomasville

Visit Chair City NC for the vibrant Spring Daze 2024! Taking place on the first Saturday in May, this annual event, sponsored by the City Beautification Committee, is a must-attend. Immerse yourself in a lively atmosphere filled with vendors offering an array of plants, flowers, garden accessories, arts, crafts, and home decor. From handmade outdoor furniture to exquisite jewelry, explore unique finds.

Enjoy fantastic music, delicious food, and engaging activities for kids. It's a day of family fun and community spirit. Don't miss out—visit Thomasville on Spring Daze 2024 and make lasting memories. Follow the Thomasville Beautification Committee on Facebook for updates and join the excitement! Thomasville is one of the best 2024 spring destinations for NC festival lovers!


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Holly Shelter Game Land

Take a hike at Holly Shelter Game Land. Photo by Jeffrey Hall.

Pender County

Pender County, NC, invites exploration with its diverse offerings. Embrace nature at Topsail Beach, renowned for its pristine shores and waters. Adventure seekers can navigate the scenic Black River for kayaking and canoeing, while the Holly Shelter Game Land offers hiking amid lush landscapes.

History comes alive at the Burgaw Historic District, showcasing charming architecture. Discover the unique Serpentarium for reptile enthusiasts. With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical charm, and natural wonders, Pender County is one of the best 2024 spring destinations for visitors seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.

Yadkin Valley quilt barn

As you hop from winery to winery, count how many quilts you can spot on the Yadkin Valley Quilt Barn Trail.


Elkin, NC, beckons with a blend of natural beauty and cultural delights. Explore the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, featuring vineyards like Shelton Vineyards for wine enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in history at the Reeves Theater or stroll through the charming downtown, known for its boutique shops and local eateries. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike along the scenic trails of Stone Mountain State Park. The tranquility of the Yadkin River provides a perfect setting for kayaking or fishing. Elkin offers a diverse range of experiences, making it one of the best 2024 spring destinations for those seeking a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

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Women stomp grapes at Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, NC

Roll up your trousers — you can actually stomp grapes at Duplin Winery!

Wine Down in Duplin County

Discover Duplin County, North Carolina, where wine enthusiasts can indulge in the region's renowned wineries. Visit Duplin Winery, a highlight offering tastings of their famous muscadine wines. Explore the vineyards, savoring the picturesque landscapes. Immerse yourself in wine culture at Hinnant Family Vineyards, known for its diverse selection. Don't miss the Southern charm and exquisite flavors that make Duplin County one of the best 2024 spring destinations for NC wine connoisseurs.

Family posing in front of a waterslide

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