The only downside to touring North Carolina in a Class A motorhome is having to end the vacation and go home. Given all there is to see and do, plan for an extended stay.
Here are some favorite destinations:
This postcard town serves as the eastern gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they don’t call it Land of the Sky for nothing. Between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are scenic views that rival any in North America.
Asheville is known for its decidedly hip vibe. College students, artists, musicians, and retirees make for a diverse population. The downtown area boasts a vibrant assortment of bars, restaurants, boutiques, independently owned bookstores, theaters, and art galleries.
Many businesses are in former factories. The dome-topped Basilica of St. Lawrence and stately Grove Park Inn are examples of the city’s vintage architecture. The inn, which has been in business for more than a century, features a world-class golf course.
Asheville was one of the first U.S. cities to embrace farm-to-table dining. Just about every restaurant uses fresh local ingredients, and area wineries and microbreweries thrive.
There’s easy access from Asheville to hiking along the Appalachian Trail or scenic drives along Blue Ridge Parkway. Views along the parkway are breathtaking, but the elevation is not for the giddy. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is ideal for camping, cycling, rafting, and fly-fishing. Try a zip line if you dare.
The Biltmore Estate
While you’re in the area, head over in your RUV or Class A toy hauler to the largest home in America.
The 250-room castle on 8,000 acres took six years and more than 1,000 workers to complete. George W. Biltmore, who amassed his fortune from steamboats and railroads, traveled the Orient and Europe to find the exquisite paintings, bronze sculptures, furniture and rugs that fill the house.
Make a day of it by touring the mansion, gardens, and winery. The old carriage house is now a restaurant, and the attached gift shop is famous for its enchanting Christmas ornaments.
Pisgah National Forest
This 500,000-acre park is paradise to nature lovers. After setting up camp in your Class C motorhome, hit one of the hundreds of miles of trails on foot or horseback. Mile-high mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls and whitewater rivers are a treat for the senses. Pisgah is ideal for water adventurers who want to swim, boat, tube, and kayak almost the entire year.
Motorhomes flock to the barrier islands off the coast for the stunning open-sea beaches, imposing lighthouses and captivating historical attractions.
Sir Walter Raleigh sponsored the first English settlement in America at Roanoke Island. A museum on Bodie Island pays tribute to the Wright brothers’ first powered flights. The Graveyard of the Atlantic in Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the site of wrecked 16th-century ships and German U-boats from World War II.
The state park is also home to some fascinating turtles and seabirds. Sailing, windsurfing, hang gliding, diving to the shipwrecks and just reading on the beach make this a dream destination for a leisurely RV road trip.
What’s not to like about North Carolina? Just avoid bears and arguments about barbecue sauce, and you’ll have a blast.