With so many exciting outdoor activities, spectacular scenery and rich history, “the Carolinas” have so much to offer. You will be inspired by the sprawling mountain and coastal landscapes, thrilling river rapids, great surf, unique hiking terrain and everything in between. Experience all the action with adventures that get your heart pumping, then lay back and chill at the beautiful beaches and mountain lakes. Hop in and get set for this action-packed itinerary through North and South Carolina with phenomenal summer leaders who are dedicated to creating a close-knit, inclusive family for everyone. You are in for one amazing experience!
About This Program
What It's Like
Experience thrilling activities in a smaller, tight-knit travel group.
Includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Travel in passenger vans driven by our staff.
Up to 24 participants.
• Whitewater rafting & zip-lining in the Great Smoky Mountains.
• Nascar Hall of Fame, American Civil War Museum & Wright Brothers National Memorial.
• Professional surf lessons in the Outer Banks.
• Lake Lure Beach and slide.
• Climbing adventure in James River Park.
• Thrills at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
• Hike and enjoy Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls & the Blue Ridge Mountains.
• Lake Fontana paddling.
• Stand up paddle board & Folly Beach.
• Sand dunes in Jockey Ridge State Park.
• Wild horse sightings via 4x4’s at Corolla Beach.
• Fort Sumter boat excursion.
Drive or fly to Richmond where your orientation officially begins with some of our favorite icebreakers and “get to know you” activities.
Start your summer adventure by climbing a spectacular area of the Manchester Climbing Wall in James River Park. Visit the exhibits at the American Civil War Museum and the National Historic Landmark Tredegar site by the James River in downtown Richmond. Enjoy an evening of entertainment along the Canal Walk.
On the way to your second location, stop in Durham at the world-renowned Duke campus for a bite and to pick up some Blue Devils gear. Spend the day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, incredible recreational grounds with a unique water climbing wall, biking and ropes courses. Check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and learn about the drivers, crews & major contributors to the sport.
Hike the Great Craggy Mountains, commonly called the Craggies. Make the most of your time in the Nantahala Outdoor Center with whitewater rafting and breathtaking zip-lining. Enjoy paddling on the beautiful Lake Fontana.
Known for its vibrant arts & food scene and historic architecture, Asheville has so much to offer! Start out by visiting Sliding Rock waterfall where you can slide all the way down the waterfall into the plunge pool below. Then explore Looking Glass Falls and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Chill out at Lake Lure and enjoy a relaxing beach day.
Take a boat trip to Fort Sumter, a sea fort notable for two battles, the first of which began the American Civil War. Explore and grab a bite on King Street’s Historic District and the Charleston Market. Soak up the sun at Folly Beach and stand up paddleboard on the Folly River as you look out for dolphins.
Have a blast at Jungle Rapids Water Park and stroll the downtown Riverwalk area.
Pop up and catch a wave with professional surf lessons in the Outer Banks. “Fly” into the Wright Brothers National Memorial and commemorate the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. Visit Corolla Beach for sightings of majestic wild horses via a professionally driven 4x4 vehicle. Explore the vast sand dunes of Jockey Ridge State Park.
Make your way back to the start and test your skills on high-speed go-karts before saying farewell to your new friends before returning home. The summer might be over, but all the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!
Nestled in the lush Nantahala Forest in the Nantahala Gorge, the Nantahala Outdoor Center offers comfortable lodging. NOC’s lodging offers the ultimate in convenience with exciting outdoor adventures on your doorstep.
Asheville, North Carolina
The modernly styled, newly renovated Springhill Suites Ashevilleis the place to be! With incredible mountain views, indoor pool and innovative room layouts, you will surely enjoy your stay.
Enjoy your stay at the brand-new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington West. With many great features and a convenient location, bond with friends at the beautiful fire pit seating area outside. Hop in the pool and get energized in the 24-hour fitness center.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Located on white sand shores of the Outer Banks, the Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront features over 4 acres of pristine Atlantic beaches. Enjoy the indoor pool, Wi-Fi, and 24 hour fitness center. Within minutes of all the top attractions, relax on the manicured Bermuda lawns and lush barrier island gardens.
Flight or Drive to Richmond For participants on this program, transportation is included from New York to the program starting point in Richmond. For the many travelers from outside of NY, NJ, CT or PA, we help you coordinate your flight times and greet you upon arrival in Richmond.
Return Flight or Drive Home from Richmond For those flying home from Richmond, our leaders will help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed. For those returning to the New York area, we include ground transportation back to New York.
Meals Eating well while away from home is an important part of a summer’s success. We understand how it helps our travelers feel secure, happy and looking forward to their day.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
Laundry You will only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in the packing list that will be sent to you prior to departure. We visit local laundromats weekly and we will supply the detergent and dryer sheets. Don’t worry if you’ve never done laundry before, we’ll show you the ropes. Parents, we know the thought of your children doing laundry is making you smile.
What’s Included Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes, and round-trip ground transportation between the New York area and Richmond (if applicable).
Not included is airfare to and from Richmond, and personal spending money for snacks, souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!