North Carolina is a state that has it all; beach, mountains, city, country, and the Piedmont. There is something for everyone from one end of the state to the other. The great thing about being stationed at Fort Bragg is that you can experience much of what the state has to offer by planning day trips to some of the most interesting and fun destinations.
Fun Day Trips from Fort Bragg
Towns by the Water
- New Bern is a water town located approximately two hours from Fayetteville. It is filled with historic sites, small businesses, and a walkable landscape. This is also the home to renowned author Nicholas Sparks. The town has a tour featuring New Bern highlights as well as landmarks made famous by some of Nicholas Sparks’s most read novels turned into films.
- Beaufort is a water town located just two and a half hours from post. This town is filled with shops, restaurants, and most importantly the ferry that takes you for tours or drop offs to Shackleford Banks Island where the wild horses roam, Sand Dollar Island, and much more.
- In just under two hours, you can be in the fascinating city of Wilmington, which is close to Wrightsville beach. Wilmington is not only a college town, but also home to many TV and Film production teams from around the world. Due to film production, this town has grown exponentially. There are also many different restaurants to choose from, a fabulous downtown area, and a quick commute to the beach.
- In under an hour, you can have the perks of the city life at your fingertips in Raleigh. Whether you desire shopping at Crabtree Valley Mall or Triangle Town Center, or the nightlife in downtown Raleigh, you are sure to find it here. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a special treat for the entire family. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts also hosts many events and entertainment acts throughout the year. For outdoor concert venues, try The Red Hat Amphitheater, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, and Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. A couple walkable areas that have shopping, restaurants, and activities are North Hills and Lafayette Village.
- In less than two hours, you can visit the North Carolina Zoo, which is nestled close to Greensboro, another large metropolitan area.
- Charlotte is a three hour drive from Fort Bragg. This city, referred to as the “Queen City,” is home to almost all of North Carolina’s pro sports teams. Not only do you get the perks of city life here, but you can also spectate NFL, NASCAR, or NBA games.
- While Asheville is the furthest to drive in a day, you will not be disappointed. This city is a four hour drive from Fort Bragg, but offers a unique artsy vibe. Downtown has an array of restaurants, shops, and street entertainment. The Biltmore House is a must see, and the Blue Ridge Parkway will allow you the best view of mountain scenery.
- Boone is home to Appalachian State University, skiing in the winter, and an array of locally owned businesses and restaurants. It takes three and a half hours to arrive in this beautiful mountain town. You can also access the Blue Ridge Parkway here, or venture over to the Tweetsie Railroad for some family fun.
PCSgrades Author: Wendi Iacobello is an Army spouse, Instructional Designer, freelance writer, and blogger. She shares inspirational stories of strength & perseverance, education, and resources for military life on her blog Strength 4 Spouses. She is a southern girl who loves being outdoors with her husband and their Beagle, Daizi Hope.