The Best North Carolina Spring Break Destinations

Big and beautiful, North Carolina is bookended by lush beaches to the east and rolling mountains to the west, and in between those it houses impressive city landmarks, amazing scenery, and a plethora of gorgeous locations in which you’re able to spend your vacation time beachcombing, zip-lining, eating at great restaurants, and much, much more.

Don’t take our word for it, though! We know that North Carolina is not the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when they think “spring break”, so let’s get straight to the good stuff – showing you some of the best destinations for your family, friends, or significant other for the spring 2019 season. We’ll try accounting for all tastes, but remember: the entire North Carolina experience can’t be summed up in a couple of paragraphs!

A romantic spring break for two in the mountains

Instead of a constant state of day-long partying in crowded, noisy beach hotels, how about a romantic getaway for two? The neighboring mountain towns of Cashiers and Highlands offer lovely waterfall hikes, deeply relaxing spa treatments, and luxurious cabin retreats, to name a few. Highlands is also home to some delicious fine-dining restaurants, including Ristorante Paoletti and On The Verandah. There are plenty of extremely instagrammable locales all around the area so that memories will last a lifetime.

Enjoy the sunset on top of Jockey’s Ridge

Sunsets can be beautiful everywhere you look at them, but few places in America have them like Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The park offers its Sunset of the Ridge program that lets you climb the tallest dune in the eastern U.S., fly a kite with your kids, and then watch in awe as the sun descends into the Roanoke Sound. Trust us; it’s breathtaking every single day.

Get cool in Durham

If you’re traveling with friends, Durham is an excellent destination as it offers wonderful food-and-drink stops all around town. The nighttime gives locals and visitors alike many live music venues, lounges, galleries, and dive bars. Also worthy of note is the number of craft breweries downtown, which includes the game-room experience of Fullsteam Brewery. After enjoying some delicious grub at one of its many highly-rated yet casual eateries and maybe catching a Triple-A Durham Bulls baseball game, you’ll enjoy Durham’s numerous blues acts at the over-a-dozen music venues.

Charlotte’s for the whole family

Given that Charlotte’s the largest city in all of North Carolina, Charlotte has all the popular sights that are best enjoyed with family, such as Carowinds amusement park for thrill-seekers, or the Discovery Place interactive museum for those looking for a more scientifically-oriented experience. Surprisingly, Charlotte also has a number of family-friendly breweries, like the Birdsong Brewing Co., and NoDa Brewing, just to name a few. That’s only scratching the surface, however, as Charlotte is indeed a big town and you can have plenty of outdoors fun as well, such as kayaking at Lake Norman, visiting the Zootastic Park, and much more.

Enjoy the serenity of Carolina Beach

If you’re all about kicking back and relaxing in a cozy, sun-kissed environment, then a Carolina Beach spring break is definitely the experience for you. This charming, colorful beach town seems like it was pulled right out of a vintage postcard and you’ll simply love visiting the restaurants, sweet shops and bars near the coast. You can walk along one of the last beach boardwalks on the East Coast alongside an arcade and Ferris wheel that complete this old-timey all-American picture. You might want to take things even slower, though, and stay sunbathing in front of your adorable beach cottage or oceanfront condo.

A well-earned family vacation is just what everyone needs after an arduous spring cleaning week (even if you let the pros take care of it). Remember that the late-March and April North Carolina weather is generally pleasant, but mornings are generally chillier than the warm afternoons. Also, a word to the wise; public transportation and taxis are limited all around, so consider renting a car if you’re not driving to any of these destinations. There is so much to see that you’ll feel like one trip is not enough, so start planning that North Carolina summer vacation already. Enjoy your spring break!