As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, celebrate your right to choose from a wide range of active options, from a leisurely walk to mountain 5Ks to adventure with a beat. You can find more details on the suggestions below by visiting GetGoingNC.


Walking tours are a great way to jumpstart our lives and catapult us into action. Saturday in Wilmington, for instance, a pair of hour-and-a-half-long downtown walking tours explore the history of three downtown neighborhoods: Forest Hills, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights. Learn something and get some cardio at the same time.


Image U.S. National Whitewater Center

Image U.S. National Whitewater Center


Can’t decide how you’d like to spend your July 4 weekend? Hiking? Mountain biking? Paddling? Whitewater rafting? Climbing? At the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte there’s no need to choose: you can do them all — and do them to the beat of live music. And, of course, you’ll end the day with fireworks without having to leave.



Do you let your vacation plans be dictated by the availability of a local race? If so, then you’ll be able to go pretty much anywhere in the mountains this weekend, thanks to an abundance of Firecracker 5Ks. Seven — count ‘em, 7! — 5Ks, from Asheville to Weaverville, Brevard to Sapphire.

[Top image: Shutterstock, Wilmington Boardwalk.]

Joe Miller

About Joe Miller

Joe Miller is the author of four books on outdoor adventure, and writes about health, fitness and the outdoors. Read his blog at GetGoingNC.com. Joe has been compensated for this blog post