Great Getaways Within Driving Distance of the Triangle

Great Nearby Getaways

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and the whole family is anxious to take a vacation. Whether you're looking for a getaway filled with history, adventure or lazy afternoons, we've found the some of the best places around. Pack up the car (and don't forget the kids) — these destinations are just a drive away.

Charleston, S.C.

Charleston offers a vacation rich in history. Museum Mile boasts six museums, five nationally important historic houses, and four scenic parks, plus many more historic sites. The dungeon in the Exchange and Provost once held various signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the building is where the U.S. Constitution was ratified.Prime places to stay include historic inns and bed and breakfasts. Visit

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah, S.C.

This golf and tennis resort, located just outside Charleston, has a variety of recreational activities for all ages. Heron Park Nature Center offers wildlife tours, on foot and by kayak or canoe. Families can enjoy arts and crafts and pick-up sports, rent bicycles and explore the island, or spend days at the beach or pool. Visit

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

The Greenbrier is a resort and a National Historic Landmark. Tour an underground bunker beneath the resort that was meant to serve as an emergency shelter for Congress during the Cold War. Watch artisans ply their crafts, or search for the lost Greenbrier Treasure on a guided historical tour. Children can spend a day at the Adventure Zone, enjoying crafts, puppet shows, outdoor games and more. Visit

Danielle Cushing was a spring semester intern at Carolina Parent who recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in journalism and mass communications.

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