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Sandhills Sauntering

Sandhills Sauntering

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One trip is required per group.

* "PDF Instant Download" means the trip will be sent by email as a PDF document, and not by mail (the email is sent immediately after completing your purchase)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Picturesque drives beneath towering trees make this an incredibly scenic trip. Sandhills Sauntering is full of epic places to eat, tons of photo-worthy moments and a hidden gem that will leave you speechless. 

Trip Highlights

  • Truly unique spots to grab a bite to eat
  • A few optional trails to stretch your legs
  • One of the coolest photo-worthy abandoned buildings
  • A little local art crawl
  • Charming small towns you'll want to return to

AVAILABLE TO DEPART

This trip is available year-round from Thursday - Monday

SUGGESTED FOR

  • Families
  • Foodies
  • History Buffs

Itinerary

STOP 1

Start your day in a charming small town with a gigantic cookie, coffee and a little mural crawl. Drive time to the second stop is 10 minutes.

STOP 2

This historic park is full of surprises and has a 1.5 mile trail to enjoy. More into Hunger Games vibes? Check out an abandoned building that is covered in graffiti. Drive time to the third stop is 20 minutes.

STOP 3

Take a break from exploring all of the wonders of the area and enjoy a BBQ joint with a unique view. Drive time to the fourth stop is 15 minutes.

STOP 4

Finish the day your way! We've recommended two cute towns where you can choose between grabbing a drink or going for an easy stroll.

Region

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Can depart from

Raleigh Area

Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Walking Shoes
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Road Trip Snacks
  • Sunscreen (lots of easy outdoor activities)

Additional Details

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Accessible
  • Dog-Friendly

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We're here to help!

Please see the approximate driving distances below. Please note this just includes round-trip driving distances and not time spent at stops.

From Raleigh:

2 hours and 45 minutes / 147 miles

From Fayetteville:

2 hours and 35 minutes / 115 miles

From Durham:

2 hours and 55 minutes / 161 miles

From Winston-Salem:

3 hours and 44 minutes / 213 miles

From Charlotte*:

5 hours and 5 minutes / 283 miles

*We recommend booking an overnight hotel if the driving distance is greater than 4 hours round-trip.

This trip can be done Thursday - Sunday, throughout the year.

We recommend leaving anytime between 9:00 and 10:00 am. The later you leave, the less time you may have to complete all of the stops.

This trip is dog-friendly! There is something for you to do with your pup on each stop.

We recommended bringing up to 5 people on your surprise road trip.

If you're bringing a larger group, we highly recommend having one person in charge of booking reservations at the restaurants and attractions in advance. In your confirmation email, you'll receive a copy of the itinerary.

First Stop: No fee

Second Stop: No fee

Third Stop: Our alternate suggestion has an optional tour at certain times. This is only $2 per adult.

Fourth Stop: No fee

*Please note: gas, tolls, and food may be additional costs.

After booking your trip, we'll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options.

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A quietly interesting day.

Our favorite place was where we had lunch, but the whole day we saw neat features that we had never seen in our over 20 years living in NC

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WOW For Sandhills Sauntering!

2, 65 year old best friends left Chapel Hill for a day of Sandhills Sauntering! This was a BLAST! Absolutely great stops, and we loved learning the history of the stops. And, the food at stop #3-Fantastic! How could this restaurant be in the middle of nowhere? The view from the outside on the patio was perfect. We can't wait to try Quirky Delights. A great girls' day trip.

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So fun we did it twice!

We took our first trip with Sandhills Sauntering in July, and we had such a great time that we decided to run the whole thing again in October, this time switching to the other options that were offered for most stops (and one antique store we spotted ourselves). Although the second trip didn't have the surprise element of the first, we were just as delighted with the suggested stops this second time through. And I LOVE not being the family cruise director (my usual role on family trips). We can't wait to try Quirky Delights!

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Sandhills Sauntering Success

Wow! What a fantastic birthday I had, and I didn't even have to plan it! I used Guess Where Trips' Sandhills Sauntering road trip to make an effortless and memorable birthday. I am a event planner myself, but sometimes I just want to let someone else do the heavy lifting for me. This was a perfect fit for me. I am always looking for hidden gems. Please don't take me to the state capitol one more time! This itinerary did just that. It took us to several unique spots along our 4-part day. Without giving away too much, we investigated small towns, saw some record-breaking NC pride, and ate and drank at local stops that only the locals know about.

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Sauntering Sandhills

Loved this advice! It was super hot when we went the first time, but I know we will go again in the Fall.