Amtrak adventures through the Tar Heel State

Looking for a fun way to tour different cities throughout North Carolina? Amtrak runs to quite a few great places.

We've highlighted a few day trips to help plan your excursion!

Take a journey through 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century, at the N.C. Museum of History. It features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Plus, admission is FREE. website

Take a self-guided tour of the N.C. State Capitol and see where local lawmakers have made important decisions for hundreds of years. website

For interactive fun and hands-on learning, spend the day at Marbles Museum exploring their unique exhibits. Or catch a 3D movie at the museum's IMAX Theater. website 


Catch a ball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and see future MLB stars play before they make it to the big leagues! You may even get an autograph or two. website

Ranked one of the top family-friendly museums in the Southeast, the Museum of Life and Science offers over 84 acres of indoor and outdoor fun that includes a butterfly house that holds over 1,000 butterflies, a dinosaur trail and a wildlife exhibit which allows guests to watch Black Bears and Red Wolves. website

Check out the Duke Lemur Center to see the exotic animals without having to travel all the way to Madagascar! The 1 – 1 1/2 hour long guided tour will introduce guests to ten different species of lemurs. website


You can spend an entire day wandering around the 25,000 sq. ft. Kaleideum North (formerly SciWorks), an interactive science center full of countless hands-on exhibits. Did we mention they also have a 17-acre Science and Environmental Park? Pack a lunch and enjoy a break under Kaleideum North's shaded picnic area, then observe the night sky or a laser show at the planetarium. website

Another great option is Kaleidum Downtown (formerly Children's Museum of Winston-Salem) that features a three-story bean stalk for kids to climb, an enchanted forest and many daily activities. website

Stop by Black Mountain Chocolate for a sweet treat and see how the artisan chocolate is made at the Black Mountain Visible Factory on Trade Street.