Carolina Traveler Fall 2023

Cover image of the fall 2023 issue of Carolina Traveler Magazine

Going up! 

Are you ready for a completely different adventure?! Try hot air ballooning in the Carolinas for incredible mountain vistas. Start your ballooning experience with a tethered lift at a hot air balloon festival, then graduate to a graceful flight. We share several options in balloon rides in 🔑 Going Up! Unique Hot Air Balloon Experiences In The Carolinas.

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The Spirit Realm…

The spirits are restless in the fall! We found 5 legendary places that are sure to make your skin tingle — and you can visit all of them. Read our story about Spectral Southern Sightings: 5 Carolina Ghost Tales And Eerie Happenings, but be sure to leave the lights on!

Wine Adventure

Speaking of spirits (just a little pun)… Plan a fall getaway to a vineyard or winery in one of three NC wine regions. In 🔑 Pairs Well With Fun: 11 Fall North Carolina Wine Adventures, you can escape to 11 different vineyards that offer on-site or nearby accommodations, food, and amazing views. We went the extra mile and found fun activities in each region to keep you busy between stops!

Day Trips

We're off to the mountains, midlands and Lowcountry on Day Trip expeditions. Get started chasing waterfalls, then lose yourself meandering amongst the antiques. Wrap up your day trip excursions with a boardwalk hike and birdwatching in a protected Lowcountry forest.


Fall is Event season! From the Carolina Cotton Festival in Dunn, to multiple fall festivals in Rockingham County, we have you covered. Click over to Events to read about…

  • Eden: RiverFest – Sep. 15 & 16
  • Stoneville: Stoneville Fall Festival – Sep. 30
  • Jarvisburg: Crabdaddy Seafood & Wine Festival – Oct. 7
  • Mt. Airy: Autumn Leaves Festival – Oct. 13-15
  • Mayodan: What the Hay Festival – Oct. 14
  • Madison: Fall for Madison – Oct. 21
  • Reidsville: FAB Festival – Oct. 21
  • Thomasville: Scream Dreams – Weekends in Oct. & Oct. 31
  • Asheboro: Boo at the Zoo – Weekends in Oct.
  • Dunn: NC Cotton Festival – Nov. 4

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Get ready for a full fall calendar of Destinations! Explore family-friendly events like Boo at the Zoo and the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Try stand-up paddle boarding in Wilkesboro, or a vineyard adventure in Yadkin Valley. These Destinations are guaranteed to make this autumn unforgettable!


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