Custom Itineraries

We know planning a vacation for yourself, a couple of friends, or the whole family includes hours of research on where to go, what to do, and getting great deals (everyone loves that!). Planning your day as you drive to your destination is just one more thing to do. So we have planned out your trip with recommendations for places to eat, great shopping, and areas to explore in the county for you!

We hope you find it helpful and if you have more questions, the staff of the Visitors Bureau is here to help. These custom itineraries are formatted as PDFs and are easy to download and print out for your trip planning folder!


Get a Bite to Eat

SoDoSoPa's round BBQ Pork Cakes sit on a white plater with orange sauce.If you are getting ready to stop along I-95 or I-40, Johnston County has a wide variety of activities and flavors for you to experience during your stop. To make your exit stop smoother, we have created a few sample itineraries for you to follow along your journey through Johnston County. Thanks for visiting us! 

Johnston County is known for our award-winning barbecue and some very popular local restaurants, but we also have some new chef-driven and farm to table options worth your while. So enjoy the journey as well as your final destination and stop for lunch in JoCo.

Printable PDF - Get a Bite to Eat Itinerary


Couple of Hours to Explore

Interior photo of the Ava Gardner museum featuring the exhibit case about Ava's television costumes.Sometimes you are in a hurry and can't spare time to explore the attractions, specialty shops, and unique dining in Johnston County. If you are traveling through the county on I-95 or I-40 and can spare a couple of hours, we have prepared several short excursion itineraries for you.

If you have seen billboards for the Ava Gardner Museum, Bentonville Battlefield or Tobacco Farm Life Museum year after year, and even great outlet shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets or a local favorite, DeWayne's then now might be the time to add a couple of hours to your trip itinerary.

Printable PDF - Couple of Hours to Explore Itinerary


Spend the Day in JoCo

Aerial drone shot of Hinnant Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.Of course, we would love for you to spend the day in Johnston County and even make it a weekend trip. We are big supporters of our motto "Get Outside the City" to see what our rural communities have to offer. An abundance of small town charm and downtown experiences await you while getting out to the countryside in Johnston County includes historic sites, recreation, managed forests, and local farm experiences.

A day trip will spark your interest in all Johnston County has to offer like the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail which several hotels in the area offer a Sip & Stay package for a weekend visit. Also, shopping draws millions to our county for deals and reason to call your best friend for a Girls Weekend!

Printable PDF - Spend the Day in JoCo itinerary
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