My husband and I are leaving Myrtle Beach later today after spending a week with our kids and small grandchildren and want to take our time going home, arriving late Tuesday or sometime Wednesday. I just discovered this great forum, so I thought I would ask suggestions. We plan on exploring Wilmington NC as our first stop in the afternoon. We stayed over in Wrightsville Beach on our way down and fell in love with the area so we never made it to Wilmington like we planned. We met someone from Raleigh and she said that Raleigh would be a great place to shop, eat and explore galleries, so that's on our list, as I am an artist. We also love the beach. Where should we stay overnight the first night, assuming we don't spend the whole day in Wilmington? If we stay in Raleigh, how should we travel north to see more of North Carolina before heading into VA?
Coming down, we had dinner in Arlington, VA which was a wonderful town, then drove to Richmond and stayed over. The next morning we discovered Cary or Carytown, VA, which was another great town with lots of shops and eateries. So we don't mind hitting one of those areas again as our last stop before driving via I-95 to get home. Unless there's some great recommendations, we will probably drive straight thru from our last stop, which I assume will be northern VA.
Thanks in advance!