Whether you hit the mountains or beach, there are several road-trip friendly destinations around the Carolinas. Before your adventure, have a pre-trip maintenance check and set up your AAA mobile app for planning, discounts, and roadside assistance so you can drive without worry. If you need something a little bigger to carry the whole family, use your AAA membership to get a discount on your rental car at Hertz. Here are top picks for summer road trips.
Pigeon Forge, TN – Take a drive to this Smoky Mountain town and take a hike, whitewater raft, ride the Alpine coaster or visit Dollywood. These attractions keep visitors of all ages entertained.
Charleston, SC – The rich history, cobblestone streets, shrimp and grits and proximity to Isle of Palms make Charleston a winning destination that's just three hours from Charlotte.
Richmond, VA – Learn about history in world-class museums, ride the rapids in the James River or experience a NASCAR race. With hundreds of restaurants and events, Richmond is a great weekend escape or family vacation.
Savannah, GA – Experience the city's history, beauty, and charm at festivals, tours, exhibits, and Civil War re-enactments. Or just walk the cobblestone streets and admire the fascinating architecture.
Asheville, NC – Just a two-hour drive from Charlotte, Asheville offers something for everyone. Tour the Biltmore Estate, walk along the French Broad River or dine at an award-winning restaurant. In Asheville, enjoy city life in the mountains.
Cape Hatteras, NC – Take a lighthouse tour of the North Carolina shoreline and rent a house on Cape Hatteras. Learn a little about state history while enjoying the magnificent views. If you are planning an extended road trip to the Outer Banks and desire a larger vehicle, use your AAA discount at Hertz to rent one.
Boone, NC – Take a drive up to Grandfather Mountain and walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, plan a day to zipline or hike, or just enjoy a meal at one of the area's top restaurants. Boone is the high country's answer to adventure.
Hilton Head, SC – If you are looking for paradise nestled along the coast, Hilton Head will not disappoint. Twelve miles of white-sand beaches, top-rated golf courses, and abundant wildlife are just a few reasons to visit Hilton Head.
As you plan for your summer travel, check out some of the best local beaches to visit on your road trip to the coast and some of the best vehicles to invest in for your next camping trip to the mountains. Remember to take your car into one of our Car Care Centers for a pre-trip inspection and worry-free travel.