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Best Budget Hotels In Charlotte

Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and though it is not the Capitol, it is famously known as the “Queen City”, a nickname bestowed upon it in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818), the Queen consort of the United Kingdom and wife to King George lll. The city was settled in 1755 and incorporated as early as 1768. It’s residents refer to themselves as Charlotteans and take great pride in their city with it’s abundance of activities, it’s diverse culture and vibrancy and it’s sub-tropical climate. Charlotte has a large variety of travel accommodations for the budget traveler. Here are some of the best that offer great locations and amenities at a great price.


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Best Ways To Take Advantage Of The Last Of The Winter In Charlotte

It may be the dreary wintertime, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Charlotte is full of fascinating activities that are perfect for cold weather. Here are the top five!


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Tips For Keeping Your Kids Active From A Charlotte Fitness Professional

Although summer may have passed, that does not mean children should be stuck indoors on the couch. Here are five tips to keep your children active during the winter months.


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Best Running Clubs In Charlotte

Whether you are a part-time runner or a hard core marathon machine, the Charlotte area has a running club for you.


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Best Kettlebell Workouts In Charlotte

Kettlebell lifting, invented in Russia in the 1700s and used for physical conditioning by the Soviet army, has spread throughout Europe and here, where it has taken the American fitness community by storm. In addition to specialized classes, sessions with kettlebells are often included in CrossFit and other high-intensity interval training regimens. Proponents cite the equipment’s unique abilities to build both strength and endurance, work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and burn fat. That’s exactly what these trainers promise with a side of some of the best coaching Charlotte has to offer.


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Preview Of The Belk Bowl

The Belk Bowl began in 2002, when West Virginia played Virginia. Once the teams had been announced, tickets to the game sold out in less than a week, in what was the fastest sellout to an inaugural bowl game ever. At more than 73,000 fans, it was the second most attended inaugural bowl game ever, and the largest non-BCS bowl game crowd. This year’s game promises to be a clash of two great teams, one from the state of North Carolina and the other from Ohio. This year the Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) will meet the Duke University Blue Devils (6-6) on the field at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte.


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Best Holiday Escapes Near Charlotte

Families are always looking for unique holiday vacation destinations to make those lasting memories, and you can’t do better locally than these Charlotte-area destinations.


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Best Holiday Travel Tips For Charlotte

Put the joy back in the season by following a few simple travel tips perfect for navigating the Charlotte area.


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A Trip On The Carolinian Train Around North Carolina

For those around North Carolina, train travel is made simple by Amtrak’s Carolinian and/or Piedmont train, which travel between Charlotte, N.C., and New York City every day.


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Best Places To See Autumn Leaves In Charlotte

Cooler temperatures and shorter days in Charlotte bring with them changing leaves and beautiful North Carolina scenery. Walk along local routes, or drive across the Virginia state line to the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the colorful change the right way: surrounded by nature.


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