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.
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.