There's no excuse to not road trip in North Carolina this summer, especially when you can do it on a budget. For $150 you can take a North Carolina mountain road trip with lodging, food, and sight-seeing all bundled into the cost. You won't have to save too much, but starting now definitely won't hurt.
With 41 state parks, four national forests and 10 national parks, there is no shortage of outdoor fun in North Carolina.
Since North Carolina was named the best road trip state by Southern Living, you can talk your friends down from a pricey West coast beach adventure and pack up the car for some East coast mountain mania.
Skip the Airbnb and camp to make real memories in the mountains. Here are the most original North Carolina road trip ideas to check off your summer bucket list.
Ashgrove Mountain Cabins & Campground
Price per night: $40-$50
Address: 749 East Fork Rd., Brevard, NC
Why you need to go: Stay in a tiny house fit for two nature lovers - it's called The Gnome Home. There's endless springtime hiking spots around the campground.
World's Largest Strawberry
Price: Free (Ice cream available for purchase)
Address: 351 Cargo Rd., Ellerbe, NC
Why you need to go: It's a fun pitstop along the highway, perfect for eating ice-cream (over 40 flavors and toppings) and snapping Polaroids.
Price: $59 (Buy online & get $10 off)
Address: 1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC
Why you need to go: The greenhouses are stocked full of mesmerizing tropical plants. They're warm and inviting, plus your ticket grants you access to the entire property.
Melt Your Heart
Address: River Arts District, Asheville
Why you need to go: Build you own grilled cheese! It's a tendy food truck in an artsy, hipster neighborhood. You'll have to stop here on your way to the Blue Ridge Parkway.