May 14th, 2019
Easy Weekend Getaways Outside of the Queen City
One of the features attracting so many newcomers to Charlotte is its close proximity to other visit-worthy locations. From the Appalachian mountains to the west to the Atlantic coast to the east and everything in between, a weekend or day trip from the Queen City is an easy adventure. Next time you’re itching for a getaway, check out these just-up-the-road vacation spots.
Only two hours northwest of Charlotte, Asheville is a hub for artistic vibes and culinary expertise nestled in mountainous terrain. One of the state’s more eclectic scenes, Asheville has an impressive array of things to do. From touring the Biltmore Estate to brewery hopping through South Slope, visitors will experience all of the architecture and charm that the city has to offer. A weekend trip to Asheville is an easy weekend getaway from Charlotte.
Charlotte’s neighbor to the south, Greenville, S.C. is booming in popularity, development, and weekend visitors. Greenville’s downtown features walkways and trails, with Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge connecting the city’s nature to its urban development. The Village of West Greenville, an expanding arts community, is filled with galleries, studios, retail shops, and event spaces. The brewery scene is also putting Greenville on the map, adding to the city’s ever-expanding places to go and things to do.
Plan a visit to the state’s capital and see all that Raleigh has to offer. A trip to Raleigh is roughly a three hour drive or train ride from Charlotte. Stroll down the popular Glenwood Avenue or Fayetteville Street and stop in one of the many bars and restaurants. Learn about our state’s rich culture at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of Art, or Museum of History. If you plan the trip correctly, you can check out a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game at PNC Arena or the NC State Fair.
Wilmington is home to a vibrant riverfront and scenic downtown, making it one of North Carolina’s most visited coastal destinations. Only a four hour trip from Charlotte, you can easily make the drive and experience all that the beautiful Carolina coast has to offer. Try one of the city’s many beachfront restaurants, stop by any of the eclectic surf shops, or tour the area history on a battleship.
The third most populous city in North Carolina, Greensboro is quickly growing in notoriety and development. Located in North Carolina’s picturesque heartland, Greensboro is home to several area attractions, like the International Civil Rights Museum, Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, and the Wyndham Golf Championship.
Boone/Blowing Rock, N.C.
Charlotte’s proximity to the Appalachian mountains in the west side of the state make it an easy trip to many mountain cities and towns. Boone and Blowing Rock are only about two hours away from the Charlotte area, yet you’ll feel like you are on vacation much further away from any big city. Go hiking on one of the many trails throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway, the second most visited park in the country. Blowing Rock has countless shops filled with handmade jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs. Tweetsie Railroad, Daniel Boone Park, and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum are great family friendly, interactive attractions.