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Long Weekend Trips from Washington NC

Long Weekend Trips from Washington NC

Long weekends are getting closer, aren't they? And what do long weekends mean to you; more fun, fancy long vacations? Indeed, it is. So, this time make your long weekend trips from Washington NC. And in this article, I will let you know a few places where you can travel from Washington.

So, here come the places!

Nags Head

Nags Head is the place where your long weekend trip could feel like the perfect vacation ever. It takes 1 hour and 52 minutes to reach Nags Head when you drive east from Washington NC. Nags Head is a beautiful beach town on North Carolina's Outer Banks. So spending here in Nags Head will be memorable for sure.

Wondering where to stay in Nags Head? Plenty of oceanfront vacation homes and luxury hotels are there to offer you the best stay ever. So, this time make Nags Head your favorite vacation destination. And get ready to enjoy this beach town with a full blast. Nags Head offers a beautiful beach.

When you visit Nags Head, you must not miss the tall natural sand dunes at Jockey Ridge State Park. Jennette's Pier is the popular fishing pier on Outer Banks. Other than fishing, you can walk along the pier and get breathtaking views of the ocean. Nags Head Fishing Pier is one more famous place in Nags Head.

The place offers a happening pier experience. Walk along the beautiful pier, enjoy pier restaurants, live music, and more. Bodie Island Lighthouse is a must-visit place in Nags Head. There are many more. Nags Head offers plenty of shops and restaurants to make you feel like a perfect vacation. Nags Head is so close to other beach towns on Outer Banks. So, if you still have some time, you can explore Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Rodanthe, and many more.
Alex H from Google review says, “Nags Head is the best place on OBX for a nice family vacation.

Lake Norman NC

Want to explore the largest man-made freshwater lake in NC? Lake Norman is here. It takes four hours to reach Lake Norman from Washington NC when you drive west. So, this season, explore Lake Norman and the lakeside towns. And make your long weekend trip from Washington NC, a memorable one. Enjoy fishing in the famous bass fishing lake or paddle boarding; the choice is yours.

Want to explore waterfront parks? There are many. Ramsey Creek Park, Lake Norman State Park, and Jetton Park are there. Hike along the trails and enjoy nature or enjoy biking. Ramsey Creek Park offers a nice fishing pier. Lake Norman State Park also offers a fishing pier and a picnic area. Latta Nature Preserve offers 18 miles of hiking trails and horseback riding trails. The place also offers Carolina Raptor Center. Here you can see birds like eagles, falcons, owls, hawks, and many more. Jetton Park offers a 1.5-mile-long hiking trail, a beach, and a garden. There are more.

Explore historic towns like Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson. These famous lakeside towns will give you perfect small-town experiences. If you still have some time, Visit Charlotte NC. It takes 45 minutes to reach Charlotte from Lake Norman. In Charlotte, you can experience a posh downtown, plenty of museums, parks, and many more.

Gary C from Google review says, “visiting Lake Norman and its nearby places make a cool long weekend trip.

Raleigh NC

Visit Raleigh, the capital city of NC, and experience the best vacation ever. It takes 1 hour and 42 minutes to reach Raleigh from Washington NC. The best part of Raleigh is its frisky festive downtown.


When you visit Raleigh, don't miss exploring the museums. North Carolina Museum of Art is a famous museum. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is the museum park. In the park, you can enjoy different artistic monuments. Here comes the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The oldest museum in NC includes Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center. Marbles Kids Museum is the best fun place for kids in Raleigh. This is an excellent hands-on museum for kids. Visit North Carolina History Museum and learn about the state's fascinating history. There are more than 150,000 artifacts from six centuries.

Want to enjoy nature amid Raleigh's bustling downtown vibe? Pullen Park is there for you. The small lake at Pullen Park is great for boating. Lake Johnson Park is one more beautiful park in Raleigh. The park offers a 5.4-mile-long paved lakeside trail and picnic areas. The park is ideal for fishing, kayaking, and boating. When you want some adventure in Raleigh, TreeRunner Adventure Park is there for you. The park offers different zipline experiences for beginners to experts.

And here’s some GREAT news for chocolate lovers. Videri Chocolate Factory is there for you in Raleigh for your sweetest craving. 

Lucas L from Google review says, “my family loves to visit Raleigh.

Wrightsville Beach NC

Wrightsville Beach is a gorgeous beach town in eastern North Carolina. It takes almost 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Wrightsville when you drive south from Washington NC. Wrightsville Beach is famous for its clean wide beach. Other than that, you can explore Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier. Stroll along the pier or enjoy fishing; the choice is yours.

There is one more pier to see in Wrightsville Beach, Crystal Pier. You can also explore the museum, Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Wondering where to stay in Wrightsville Beach? There are many nice oceanfront hotels and vacation rentals available. Wrightsville Beach is famous for its local shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Wrightsville Beach is very close to the historic town of Wilmington. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are also close to Wrightsville Beach. So, if you get time, you can visit these places too and make your long weekend trips from Washington NC, special.

Emma G from Google review says, “Wrightsville Beach is so beautiful.

Want to know more about Washington NC? This article might help you.

ENC Explorer
Author: ENC Explorer

After getting accepted to ECU, I started looking for things to do in and around Greenville, NC. However, my searches kept taking me to places in South Carolina! There must be things to do around ECU, so I started asking other students. They kept telling me to graduate and move away! This inspired me to begin exploring eastern North Carolina and build this website as a showcase of the places to go, sights to see, and things to do all over eastern NC. I have fallen in love with this region and started taking up roots here. After graduating, I didn't move away - I bought a house here and continue to explore eastern North Carolina.

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