This day trip could be called a transportation day trip, an animal lover’s day trip, or a pottery tour. That’s because the three towns you will visit on this outing from Raleigh-Durham give you plenty of each. Begin your journey by heading west toward Greensboro, where you’ll turn south toward Asheboro. The first stop along the way is Level Cross in Randleman, where NASCAR legend Richard Petty and the Petty Racing Team make their home. Nearby is the North Carolina Aviation Museum, home to vintage military aircraft. Of course, Asheboro’s big drawing card is the North Carolina Zoo.
The nation’s largest and perhaps finest walk-through natural-habitat zoo has more than 1,100 animals and 60,000 plants in its African and North American sections. After visiting the zoo, make your way to Seagrove, which bills itself as the “pottery capital of the world.” Try to schedule your trip around the kiln openings, traditionally in the spring, or the pottery festival in the fall. Along the way, visit Pisgah Bridge, one of only two covered bridges in North Carolina. As you head home, you could stop at the gravesite of Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee in episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Bavier is buried in Siler City’s Oakwood Cemetery.
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