Charlotte North Carolina is a wonderful small city to visit in the South East. It’s located along the border with South Carolina and centrally located between the Appalachian Mountains and the coast. This makes it a great hub to visit a lot of this southeastern region of the country. It is nicknamed the Queen City and the international gateway to the south. Getting there is easy as there are many direct flights to Charlotte from most major U.S. airports. Once there, the interstate highway system makes it easy to visit many attractions in the region. Go to VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.
Top attractions in Charlotte include the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Mint Art Museum, Discovery Place Science Museum, Aviation Museum, the Carowinds Amusement Park, and the city’s 100 acre Freedom Park. There is also the National Whitewater Center, a 500 acre man-made whitewater rafting facility and water sports center. It includes plenty of land activities like zip-lining, rock climbing and mountain biking. For the history buff, you can enjoy the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post–Civil War history in the South. While you are in Charlotte be sure to catch a Carolina Panthers NFL game at the Bank of America Stadium, or a Charlotte Hornets NBA Basketball game. There are many other attractions in and around Charlotte, including the Billy Graham Library and the Hendrick Motorsport Complex.
Just outside of Charlotte you’ll find beautiful wooded areas and lovely country roads. Take a scenic drive to nearby Lake Norman and hike around its beautiful Jetton Park woods. The large recreational lake has plenty of good fishing and watersports like jet skis and boating. Nearby you can visit the Carolina Raptor Center to see these wonderful winged creatures, or visit the Latta Plantation (a working plantation). If you like shopping or want a good lunch or dinner in the area, stop by the beautiful Birkdale Village.
A popular day trip from Charlotte is the scenic 130-miles drive up to the mountain city of Ashville, situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The City is near the Tennessee border and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. You’ll find 130 different varieties of trees in the area and the fall foliage is spectacular. The town of Ashville has a gorgeous downtown filled with quaint shops, art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. It is all lite up for the Holiday season. The main attraction there is the famous Biltmore Estate. Touted as America’s largest home, the 250 room mansion was completed in 1895 by railroad baron George Vanderbilt for his family and friends. The 8,000 acre property includes some of the best gardens in the country.
For longer road trips that may require an overnight stay, you can visit the coastal Outer Banks or drive to the South Carolina beach resort town of Myrtle Beach. The Outer Banks located in North Carolina are a group of barrier islands stretching along the Atlantic coast nearly 100 miles. It’s a wonderful vacation spot filled with great beaches, outdoor activities including kayaking, jet skiing, and paddle boards, as well as some food fishing. While here visit Kill Devil Hills, the site of the Wright Brothers 1903 first 12-second powered flight. Myrtle Beach is one of America’s hottest beach vacation destinations. At the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand coastline, you can enjoy over 60 miles of soft sandy beaches stretching south from the North Carolina border. The area is great for swimming, sunbathing, surfing and plenty of water sports. You will also find plenty of Myrtle Beach entertainment, music, nightclubs, dining, shopping, golf and activities to enjoy on your visit.
While in Charlotte, VoyageMonkey.com travel recommends accommodations at the Hyatt, Le Meridian, Omni, or Ritz Carton Hotel (eat at Rooster’s Grill around the corner). If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any destination, visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel. You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.