The Best Fall Road Trips in North Carolina

best fall road trips in North Carolina Snacks? Check. Water? Check. Music? Camera? Check, check. Pack up your Nissan and get ready to hit the road. Autumn is coming and the roads are calling, so check out this selection of some of the best fall road trips in North Carolina to take in your Nissan.

Coast the Coast

North Carolina brings people from all over the states to visit its beaches during the summer, so fall is a great time to take in the sites without a huge swarm of tourists. Start at the northeast corner of the state and head down the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. This drive is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway, and will take you by some gorgeous dunes, towering lighthouses and plenty of charming beach towns to explore. Or, head south on Route 421 to explore the city of Wilmington. Stroll through its historic downtown, walk along the Riverwalk or tour World War II battleship USS North Carolina.

Admire the Foliage

Drive an hour and a half west to visit Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. Home to many longleaf pines, North Carolina’s state tree, this nature preserve is also a great place for bird watching or exploring wildflowers. Don’t worry—among these evergreens are deciduous trees, too, with boldly changing foliage for you to enjoy.

Sip Some Wine

North Carolina is also home to some fine wineries. October is filled with several festivals that pay homage to the beverage, including Great Grapes! on October 1st in Charlotte. Head over to taste plenty of wines from local vines. (But maybe plan to stay the night for this one!) Or, drive 30 minutes southeast to Duplin Winery, where you can tour the vineyards and enjoy a glass or two.