Far removed from the bigger cities of North Carolina, there are many smaller towns and rural areas steeped in rich history and natural beauty. In this article we’ll share a few towns that would make excellent destinations to just get away and relax for a few days. After choosing the perfect place to visit, search Vrbo NC to get the best lodging accommodations. 


Named for the American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone, locals claim that the folk hero used to camp nearby when he was exploring the land. His nephews also built the town’s first church, Three Forks Baptist, which is still standing to this day. While you’re there, you can hike Elk Knob State Park or venture across the Mile High Swinging Bridge to Grandfather Mountain. 


History buffs will love visiting Bath, as it’s the oldest town in North Carolina. It was founded in 1705 by French Huguenots who were seeking religious freedom. Historical trivia fans will enjoy learning that the infamous pirate Blackbeard reportedly stayed in the town for a short time following his royal pardon. However, his stay didn’t last long as he soon returned to swashbuckling adventures on the open sea. 


Before Europeans settled the area, the land was originally inhabited by Native American tribes along the Eno River. Visitors interested in learning more about Native American history and customs prior to Europeans settling the land can tour a replica village nearby, various educational exhibits, and over one hundred preserved buildings from the 1700s and 1800s. 

Kitty Hawk

Forever remembered as the town where the Wright Brothers recorded their first flight and changed the course of human history. This beach town is a great place to get away for the weekend to relax by the shore, have fun shopping, or play a little golf. Visitors can also rent a few bikes to tour the town or hit the waves along the Outer Banks. 


The word “Saluda” comes from the Cherokee language meaning “green corn place,” and visitors are sure to see lots of lush greens when they come to the area. Saluda is a great place to visit when you’re looking for the perfect small town to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. Throughout the year, visitors can attend the many arts and crafts events, community festivals, and local theater performances. The town is also situated near the Green River Game Lands, Pisgah National Forest, and Dupont State Recreational Forest, which are all ideal locations for planning a hike through the woods. 

Banner Elk

If you’re looking for a lovely little town to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, or skiing then Banner Elk is the place for you. The area is situated along the Elk River and was originally a Cherokee hunting ground before it was settled by the Banner family in the mid 1800s. Plan your visit ahead of time and you can attend the town’s Wooly Worm festival, a nice reminder of simpler times living in quaint rural towns.