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!). So how to plan your day as you drive to your destination is just one more thing to plan. So we have planned out your trip with recommendations for places to eat, great shopping, and areas to explore in the county.
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
If one of your favorite Exit Stops on I-95 or I-40 falls in Johnston County, thanks for choosing us. And if the timing is right for a lunch (or dinner) stop as you travel the interstates in NC, we have prepared some sample itineraries to help you plan your trip.
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.
Couple of Hours to Explore
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.
Spend the Day in JoCo
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" and see what our rural communities have to offer. An abundance of small town charm and downtown experiences await you, or 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 is what else Johnston County offers 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!