The 3 Best Places for a Day Trip

Nice weather and no motivation are a great recipe for weekend traveling. Here are the top places to take a day trip. 


Williamsburg is located about an hour north of Regent University, making this spot the perfect location for a day trip. Williamsburg’s historic district is a great place to get lost in the past. The city used to be the capital of the Virginia Colony and has preserved the history for all to see. Historical Williamsburg is a living –history museum. Actors portray the life of an average person living in the 16 century. If you get tired of colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens is also located in Williamsburg. This amusement park appeals to both the thrill seekers and the daytime travelers. Busch Gardens is known for its wild rides and beautifully constructed park. The park has replicated certain European countries to give off a unique traveling inspired atmosphere. The restaurants, shows, and rides all represent a different European country. While Williamsburg is only an hour away from Regent, many travelers feel as if they are in another century and makes for a great place to get away for the weekend.


The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The drive ranges from about 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours. The Outer Banks is a full of amazing beaches, state parks, lighthouses, and unique communities. It is the traveler’s paradise. When spending the day in the Outer Banks, there is so much to do. It is a great spot to bike, fish, surf, and explore. For the food lovers, there are some amazing restaurants and cafes. The Outer Banks are known for their fresh seafood and great coffee. The Outer Banks is a great place to decompress and forget about the stress of assignments and deadlines. Every town in the OBX is filled with warm people that embrace tourists with open arms.


Founded by Patrick Henry, Richmond is the capital of Virginia and a great day trip spot. Richmond has an amazing history, as well as an unbelievable art community. The city supports the local artists. Almost every cafe or small restaurant has local artwork on the wall. Another fantastic aspect of Richmond are the museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located in the heart of Richmond. Anyone could spend hours walking through some of the most stunning exhibits. From ancient Mayan artwork to pieces from the Renaissance, the VMFA has it all. A few miles past the museum district is Carytown. Carytown is an urban retail district that is full of life. The town has over two-hundred unique restaurants, cafes, and retail shops. Richmond is located about 2 hours north of Regent and is a great place to take a day trip with a couple friends.

Abe Moreno-Riano is the Managing Editor for The Daily Runner.