Carolina Traveler Summer 2023

Beaufort Water Festival bed race on the cover of Carolina Traveler Magazine

Carolina Traveler Summer 2023: You're All Wet – And Loving It!

Delightfully mischievous fun! Make your way to Beaufort, SC, for the Beaufort Water Festival, where you can participate in watery fun, like the bed race (pictured on the cover and in Events). You don't even have to run – stand along the course and douse the racers with water blasters. Sure it's over-the-top zany, but that's what makes it special!

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Did you ditch the Father's Day tie years ago, only to invite annual anxiety about the perfect gift? Fear not – we share some AWESOME ideas for Dad (and the whole fam) in 🔑 Summer of Dad. What Dad can resist ax throwing, off-roading, fishing or BBQ? You just have to pick one!

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It's North Carolina's Year of the Trail and with help from our sponsors in Stokes and Rockingham counties, we've blazed another trail through the hidden gems along the Dan River. Fill your summer bucket list in Summer on Top, with ideas from down-home eating to authentic country stores, charming river towns, front-porch ice creams, and exciting river tubing and kayak adventures.

Two women tubing at the Madison River Park in Madison, NC

Splish-splash: Get in on the summer fun at the Madison River Park!

Wild horses in Corolla

Speaking of bucket-list ideas, we tell you how to plan to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks in Running Wild in Corolla. There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to see the horses. Follow the tips you find in this story to avoid embarrassing beach fails and virtually ensure success in horse spotting.

Find the wine

Trek across the Yadkin Valley to the Haw River Valley and south to Duplin County, North Carolina for vineyards and wineries that will surround you in the charm of the Old (Olde?) Country, but with our authentic Southern hospitality in Road Trip – North Carolina Wine Country.


Check out our list of amazing Summer Destinations for things-to-do ideas, like live music in Saxapahaw, or a day at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia. Gear up for summer with outdoor equipment and apparel at Cook's in N. Wilkesboro, and experience the big cats at Tiger World. You'll find all of this and more in the Summer issue of Carolina Traveler!

Plenty more!

Dive into the summer issue to check out all the Events we recommend, pick up some 🔑 Day Trip ideas, and find some awesome places where the whole family can 🔑 Beat the Heat!


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