One of the best parts about North Carolina is that you can live the city life right in Charlotte or Raleigh, but you're still surrounded by beautiful nature from every angle. From mountains to waterfalls, some of nature's most phenomenal gems are right around the corner from the city. Look no further when it comes to the best day trips from Charlotte.

From adrenaline adventures to serene mountain views, there are tons of fun day trips from Charlotte to fulfill any of your desires. And the best part is, none of them are too far. These six spots are perfect for exploring in just a day's time. 

Reed Gold Mine

Price: Free admission and $3 for panning

Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Midland, NC

Why You Should Go: Discover the history of the first gold sighting in the entire U.S. Many don't realize that NC led the country in gold production until 1848. Take a tour through the tunnels, explore the trails and and take a crack at gold panning. Check out this emerald mine, too.


Crowders Mountain State Park

Price: Free

Address: 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain, NC

Why You Should Go: This well-rounded park near Kings Mountain offers a handful of trails, a nine-acre lake and amazing panoramic views of mountain tops and lush forest. From hiking to rock climbing, these mountains offer plenty to keep you busy on your mini roadtrip.


Blue Ridge Parkway

Price: Free

Address: Blue Ridge Pkwy., Asheville, NC

Why You Should Go: This marvelous windy road stretches 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia and can be reached from points less than two hours from Charlotte. Spend the day driving up the mountains to discover dozens and dozens of breath-taking lookouts and plenty of hiking trails along the way.



Price: Free

Address: Boone, NC

Why You Should Go: What makes Boone so attractive is all the outdoor fun it has offer. From ziplining to tubing down the river to skiing in the winter, this beautiful town in the Blue Ridge Mountains has the best outdoor adventures all year long.



Price: $40

Address: 300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Why You Should Go: Searching for the best adrenaline rush? This 407-acre amusement park is only 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte. You'll have the time of your life on some of the biggest, windiest roller coasters in the South.


Carrigan Farms

Price: $15

Address: 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC

Why You Should Go: What's most special about this gorgeous farm is that it has a rock quarry you can actually swim in. After a refreshing dip, you can explore the gorgeous waterfalls and go home with some fresh fruits and veggies from the farmer's market.