Summer is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore. If you can manage an overnight—or an entire weekend—away from home, then consider these weekend trips near Hickory, North Carolina.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located in North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains is arguably one of the most beautiful places in America, with plenty of hiking and wildlife, mixed in with the tourist attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 110 miles
Called the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem is known for its nightlife, thanks to world-class bars and restaurants. While here, be sure to visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 75 miles
Asheville, North Carolina
A top destination for travelers to North Carolina, Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Western North Carolina Nature Center, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.
Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 80 miles
Outer Banks, North Carolina
For a beach getaway unlike any other, consider Outer Banks, 130 miles of barrier islands with a small fishing town feel.
Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 391 miles