The 3 Best Road Trips from Raleigh–Durham


The 3 Best Road Trips from Raleigh – Durham


Another great thing about living in the Raleigh – Durham area of North Carolina is the proximity to some really great destinations. Whether you’ve lived here for years or are a newbie to the area, everyone needs to get out of town every now and then. Here at Duncan Prime Realty, we have the best road trip destinations for Raleigh-Durham residents. With all trips 8 hours or less driving, no need to spend a fortune on flights to get ‘outta town. So hop in your wheels, tee up that road trip playlist and let us guide you to your destination.


Nashville, Tennessee (8-hour drive)


Voted “Best in Travel Top 10” by Lonely Planet, there is no doubt Nashville is worth the 8-hour drive from the Raleigh-Durham area. “Music City” is the home to all that is country music. Walk down Broadway at 10 in the morning and you’ll hear the sounds of acoustic guitars and soulful Southern twang escaping from every bar and restaurant. If you love live music this is the place for you as you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot without it any time of day and night. Nashville is the city where country music dreams are made and you’ll feel that energy the second you step foot on music row or in the Country Music Hall of Fame.


If you aren’t a huge country fan, that’s okay. Foodies and hipsters flock from miles away to savor the Southern fare and smoky BBQ that Nashville has to offer. Pick your poison of fried chicken, collard greens, burnt ends and sweet tea. You’ll definitely need to pull out the elastic-waist pants for the drive back to North Carolina. Soak up a bit of history at the Opry or take a “NashTrash Tour” to get all the Nashville celebrity gossip before you head back home. We guarantee you’ll be listening to country music the whole ride back.


Savannah, Georgia (5-hour drive)


We’ve got Georgia on our mind and you will too the second you pull into the beautiful city of Savannah. This historic town in the state of Georgia will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time as an extra on Gone with the Wind. Wander the cobblestone streets while you admire the historic Southern architecture nestled underneath the canopies of green oak trees covered in Spanish moss.


There is an abundance of architectural and historical tours to choose from as you plan your road trip to Savannah. Or you can spend your weekend window shopping and noshing on fried green tomatoes and okra. Stay in one of Savannah’s quaint bed and breakfasts and enjoy the Southern hospitality that comes with visiting this sleepy little town.


Charleston, South Carolina (4+ hour drive)


If you haven’t soaked up enough Southern charm in Savannah and Nashville, Charleston will definitely help you get your fix. This active, hipster Deep South city is known for its charming architecture and huge foodie scene. Chefs from sophisticated food cities like Washington, D.C. and New York have rushed Charleston in past years to open up high-end restaurants amidst its laid back atmosphere.


Looking for more than just eating and riding around in horse-drawn carriages? Head over to the beaches to soak up some sun and surf. Take advantage of its close proximity to Hilton Head and hit the links at one of its many golf courses. You can also lay by the pool at one of Hilton Head’s dozens resorts and country clubs. Here in Charleston you can find something for everyone, regardless of their vacation preferences.



As much as we all love the time we spend in our home of Raleigh-Durham, living in a city where it’s easy to get away for a weekend to explore a new town is just icing on the cake. This is just one more of the many reasons we call North Carolina home.


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