Travel & Outdoors
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.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s ghost and haunting time. In an area as rich with history as Charlotte is, there are bound to be plenty of haunted places with tales of horror, tragedy and woe. In fact, North Carolina is one of the most haunted states in the United States. Activity in Charlotte goes back long into the past, and the present city was founded before the Revolutionary War, in 1768. As such, the area is dotted with cemeteries and graveyards (the difference is that a graveyard is usually owned by a church or has a church building on the same property) that have very old graves, some with soldiers, some with unnamed slaves, and even one with a priest who had a shameful secret.
Everyone wants a workout that allows ease of scheduling, and tennis provides exactly that for a solid portion of Charlotte’s athletes. Local organizations offer match making for tennis players, recreational leagues such as the Charlotte Tennis Association provide a great outlet for players of all ages, and clay and hard courts throughout the city keep everyone active. It’s easy to find the courts that are free, well lit or open late, but start with the city’s best for the little extras every player loves.
Charlotte boasts dozens of MMA and martial arts studios, so choose from the best of the best with studios that promise the best training in the sport. From Gracie-trained Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters to the martial arts lover who teaches kids to defend themselves against bullies, these trainers know mixed martial arts.
It is time once again for the PGA Tour to come to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. Originally the Wachovia Championship, the Wells Fargo Championship began in 2003 with a different winner every year. Seven out of nine of those winners, including 2007 winner Tiger Woods, have been American. Quail Hollow is one of the tougher courses on the PGA tour, with holes 16 to 18 known as The Green Mile. This year promises to be one of the best, and with this year’s competition, it’s anyone’s game.
North Carolina loves its basketball, and Charlotte is at the heart of it all. While there are plenty of league-level options, sometimes pick-up basketball is the better way to go. These five area venues boast the best pick-up games in the Charlotte area with all of the fun and none of the crowded drama offered elsewhere.