Your Essential Guide to the Ultimate North Carolina Road Trip

Emerald Isle’s tranquil ambiance and fun things to do are a draw for visitors from all over the country. With a seemingly never-ending shoreline, an abundance of wildlife, and exciting attractions, it’s no wonder so many have fallen in love with the Crystal Coast! All this means the ultimate North Carolina road trip is in your future. Start planning a trip by taking a look at our free Things to Do List! Inside, you’ll find recommendations for our favorite local restaurants, shops, spas, nature preserves, and more. With this insightful guide planning the ultimate road trip will be a breeze! 

Things to Do List

How to Plan the Ultimate North Carolina Road Trip 

Washington, D.C. to Emerald Isle | 362 Miles  

Put the nation’s capital in your rearview for the ultimate escape to the Crystal Coast. Travel across the Virginia/North Carolina border for a fantastic D.C. to Emerald Isle road trip. The quickest route to the island is via I-95 South. However, we recommend taking the more scenic route along US-13 south. Follow the twists and turns across swamps, rivers, and forests until you reach your destination on Emerald Isle.  

Richmond, VA to Emerald Isle | 255 Miles 

Trade the James River for the Atlantic Ocean with a Richmond to Emerald Isle road trip this season. Get ready to breathe in the salty ocean air when you hop on scenic route US-17 south and take the four-hour trip South to Richmond’s best beach getaway. Pack your bags, load up the kids, and put the car in drive for a refreshing vacation on the Crystal Coast! 

Charlotte, NC to Emerald Isle | 271 Miles  

Charlotte to Emerald Isle is an ideal weekend getaway. Whether you choose to explore all of the wonderful stops along the way or simply cruise down the highway as you make your way to the Crystal Coast, this is one road trip that doesn’t disappoint. The journey from Charlotte to Emerald Isle will take you just under four hours. As you travel east on US-74, you’ll encounter attractions like the Boggan House Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  

Settle in at a Spinnaker’s Reach Vacation Rental

Set your GPS for Emerald Isle and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime! Prepare to revel in the laid-back lifestyle, and the ideal retreat on the Crystal Coast. A Spinnaker’s Reach vacation home is the perfect place to kick back and breathe easy. Our gorgeous rentals are complete with everything you’ll want for a great vacation, and many are located near the island’s best beaches, attractions, and activities.  

Find the best place for your family and maximize your next vacation. Browse our properties to see the full range of options available for your next Emerald Isle getaway. Once you find your home away from home, you can start the countdown to a fantastic trip! Then just arrive, relax, and enjoy the island life! 

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