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North Carolina’s capital offers a lovely mix of urban attractions and green spaces. Meet the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural Sciences, ride the carousel and paddle boats at Pullen Park, and admire the plants at the beautiful JC Raulston Arboretum. Or head downtown for bars, restaurants and shops.

Raleigh, like so many cities, has some major urban sprawl going on, so a rental car is the most practical and convenient way to get around. You’ll find a great choice of car rental companies, so let Orbitz help you find the best deal. Once you have your wheels, why not take a North Carolina day trip or two?


Raleigh and beyond: Three destinations by car

Raleigh sits right in the center of North Carolina, making it a great base for exploring this scenic state. Here are three of our favorite road trips.

Asheboro

This unassuming city, within easy reach of Raleigh, is home to the largest natural habitat zoo in the world. Explore miles of trails, taking you through different habitats from the African plains to tropical jungles. With so many amazing creatures to see – including elephants, lions and bears – you’ll easily fill your entire day here.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 25 minutes

Distance: Approximately 70 miles

Charlotte

It’s a longer drive to Charlotte, but get an early start and it makes a fantastic day trip choice. Fire up your adrenaline with a visit to the National Whitewater Centre to ride the rapids, or Carowinds amusement park to ride the rollercoasters. Petrol heads will love the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 165 miles

Blue Ridge Parkway

Voted ‘America’s favorite drive’, this stunning stretch of road is a must if you love mountain views and the wide open road. Curving through the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains, this epic route is especially spectacular in the fall, when the trees are ablaze with color.

Journey time: Around three hours

Distance: Approximately 150 miles