Travel & Outdoors
Put the joy back in the season by following a few simple travel tips perfect for navigating the Charlotte area.
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.
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.
Atlanta boasts all the charm and friendliness that comes with being a southern city, with all of the convenience and life of a large city.
When people in the Carolinas think about going to the beach, they usually think about Wilmington, Myrtle Beach or Charleston. South of Myrte Beach and north of Charleston, sits a little place perfect for a great weekend getaway, however. Pawley’s Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the Atlantic Coast. When rice farmers first settled on nearby rivers and built plantations, they realized it was unhealthy to live there in the summer months: Malaria posed a huge threat. They knew it was healthier at the seashore, so they moved everything to Pawley’s Island in May and stayed there until the first frost in November. The laid-back attitude survives to today (along with 12 residences in the historic district dating to the 1700s and 1800s), making it the perfect spot to get away from it all and just relax.
When people in North Carolina go to the beach, it is likely they are headed to the Wilmington area. Perfect as a vacation for Charlotteans, it offers relaxation, tourism and fun all rolled into one, and it is not too far away. Head out solo or take the whole family, trips to Wilmington always promise memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Take a horse-drawn carriage down the street between the bay and a row of narrow, brightly painted houses set among a 350 years of the nation’s history right here in South Carolina.
Everyone who lives in North Carolina knows, when you want to get away from it all, the mountains are the place to go. At the doorway to the Smokeys in the glory of the Blue Ridge mountains lies the city of Asheville. Just north of Asheville — far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to be easily accessible — is the beautiful and historic Grove Park Inn, the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
For many families these days, money is tight, and everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. One of the first things to go is usually travel, especially with gas being so expensive. Living in Charlotte means you don’t need to give up those trips at all. In one tank, adventures abound this summer. Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina’s oldest travel attractions, offering abundant hiking and scenery gawking opportunities near the famous outcropping itself. Strike out on a trip to Blowing Rock — just a tank of gas away — and you’ll never resent those jet-setting vacationers again.
As the weather warms up in Charlotte, it’s time to heat outside for a little fresh air and sunshine. Land management and city leaders care for this city’s greenery like none other, so when it comes time for a sun-soaked summer day, take advantage and enjoy tree city USA like never before. These, the city’s best places to picnic offer so much more than splendid scenery. Explore, dine, enjoy.