The explorer gene runs in your family. You suspect that you inherited it from your great-aunt Martha, the legendary woman who constructed her own hot air balloon and attempted to fly over the Andes. You’ve heeded the warning calls of your ancestors and have tried to shut down your adventurous instinct—to no avail. However, your adventures usually involve a bit more organization than self-constructed flying apparatuses. With a clear head and an undeniable thirst for daring feats, you seek out your next escapade in the Old North State. And after a quick peek at a map, you decide that the best place to begin is by reserving hotels in Marion, NC.
Pack your headlamp and leave behind the light of day by descending into the dark, otherworldly mystique of the Linville Caverns. Marion rental cars will aid you in traveling 20 miles to the complex system of caves. Since they were discovered in 1822, the limestone caverns have been visited by numerous fearless nomads like yourself. It will take time for your eyes to adjust to the extreme darkness, but luckily, you and your guide aren’t skittish when it comes to slinking through pitch-black places. Prowl through massive caverns and gaze at rocky formations that have stood the test of time. The sound of shuffling sends shivers down your spine, and then you duck—bats are swooping through the caverns! When you finally emerge in the sunlight, steady your pulse before returning to comfortable hotels near Marion, NC.
After spending time in the depths of the caverns, you’ll rejoice in feeling the warm North Carolina sunlight gently shining down on your skin—so take the necessary steps to enjoy more of it. Consume a delectable breakfast at your Marion hotel before heading to the seaside city of Myrtle Beach.
Our Myrtle Beach hotels offer access to beaches where you can lay in the sand and soak up the sun, which will surely make you forget about your time spelunking. Embark on a morning swim in the Atlantic, and as you submerge yourself in the cool salt water you excitedly realize that this place also has mysterious natural resources to explore—the ocean is vast, after all.