Trip Ideas was developed to give visitors and locals information on the wonderful things to see and do in the greater Fayetteville area of North Carolina. Here you will find frequent blog posts on places to shop, museums to explore, festivals to attend, outdoor adventures to plan and much more. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau manages the site and welcomes your ideas on attractions or events to feature in future stories.

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Several of my coworkers travel for work on a regular basis, and one of their biggest complaints when doing so is how stress and lack of sleep lead to exhausting travel experiences. What I’ve discovered about Fayetteville, though, is that we have health-and-wellness havens here that offer our travelers some surprising ways to rejuvenate their bodies. I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time experiencing first-hand everything from a yoga-beer class to a juice bar to floatation therapy. Every road-weary traveler who visits our area should know exactly how and where to rejuvenate themselves in Fayetteville.


Girls’ Weekend Ideas

Climbing Wall

Let this inspired list of springtime events help you craft the perfect girls’ weekend in the greater Fayetteville area. This is for those ladies who enjoy getting dolled up for a fashion show one day and tackling a race the next, or attending the theater one evening and watching a roller-derby bout the following night. Discover these and even more suggestions for how to celebrate both your femininity and your fierceness in Cumberland County this spring!

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Springtime Runs/Walks

Spartan Race

Spring marks the season when you'll find a different run/walk nearly every weekend in the communities of Cumberland County. Visitors come from all over to tackle some of our bigger races, like the All American Marathon and Spartan Race, while others just take advantage of our many fun runs and walks for good causes. If you're looking for ways to get active this spring, look no further than these 25+ upcoming events and start planning your trip now. On your marks, get set, go!

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Spring Lake, Part I

things to do spring lake

My first home in North Carolina was in the Town of Spring Lake, and this community has held a special place in my heart ever since. The sleepy little town I drove into 15 years ago has grown so much that it’s barely recognizable now. You’ll find the heart of Spring Lake at the busy intersection of NC 24-87 and NC-210, and this town is also conveniently accessible to I-95 travelers, thanks to the recently constructed I-295. Long known for being a gateway community to Fort Bragg, Spring Lake now offers folks plenty of other reasons to visit. In the Spring Lake Visitors Guide, you may peruse a comprehensive list of all the recreation, dining, history, accommodations, and more to be found here. I’m excited to highlight just a few of my favorites and let other folks’ reviews tell you about the best of this growing community.


Spring Lake, Part II

things to do spring lake

I'm bragging on everything Spring Lake has to offer on the blog this week! If you read Part I of my "go-to guide," you learned about some local faves where you can play hard and chow down. As this community continues to grow, we're seeing more of a variety of cuisine and outdoor recreation sites pop up in this part of Cumberland County. Whether you're a golfer who loves authentic Thai, a kayaker who needs a caffeine fix, or a skeet shooter who appreciates smoky 'cue, I have a few suggestions for how to find your brand of fun and good eats in Spring Lake, North Carolina.


Hope Mills Things to Do

Just one of several thriving communities in Cumberland County is the Town of Hope Mills. As this municipality has grown over the years, it’s somehow managed to keep that American small-town charm I love so much. Some exciting new attractions are popping up in that area this year, and I'm discovering more and more events to put on the calendar (not to mention good eats). We’re talking an Easter celebration in the park, a new farmer’s market and festival at a brewery, and a southern buffet to beat all. Come join the locals in savoring springtime in Hope Mills!


Places to Fish

places to fish

Out of all the Cultural Heritage Trails developed by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB), the Fish & Game Trail is the most popular. Why? Because it provides our visitors with a handy guide and map that will lead you straight to 30 fishing holes. Cumberland County definitely has its fair share of bodies of water, perfect for spending those lazy summer days on, and I'm highlighting just a few of the popular ones. What if you're not the fishing type but still enjoy great seafood? Even though Fayetteville is inland, we still have options here. I'm dishing on two outstanding seafood restaurants that keep our locals coming back for more.

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Best Burgers

best burgers

I think it’s time to take our visitors on a tour of Cumberland County’s burger joints. Sure, you can find several popular burger chains here, but do you know where our mom-and-pop grills are? Better yet, do you know who our locals claim makes the best burger here? I recently took an informal poll of my coworkers and Go Fayetteville’s followers. A total of 50 people voted for their favorite burger joints, and I’m here to spill all their secrets on this meaty topic.

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Religious Freedom Trail

Main Post Chapel

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has chronicled our churches' history and provided a navigable route through the Religious Freedom Trail. Here, I’m highlighting just a few churches on that trail—inviting locals and visitors to take a tour of our religious heritage and learn more about the diverse, rich history of Cumberland County’s communities. 

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