About the location
Charlotte, NC is the county seat of Mecklenburg County and the largest city in the Carolinas (population approaching 1 million). Situated on the border between North and South Carolina, it is transected by two major interstates (I-77 running N-S and I-85 running NE-SW), making it ideal for both city stays and as a base from which to launch memorable day trips. Charlotte is home to the world's largest manmade whitewater river and "the best B&B in the South" (according to Southern Living magazine). Both the world's largest natural habitat zoo and America's largest house are easy day trips from Charlotte. This guide is designed to be an indispensable aid for the first time visitor while, at the same time, offering some new ideas for those returning. As usual with my guides, many money-saving tips are included.
"Explore Charlotte and live like a local" advises the website of the Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority and with this guide you can!
My pick for the top 5 paid activities as well as 6 that are always free and another 6 that are free on certain days are described in detail.
Families will appreciate the curated list of activities (most are free or low cost) that children will enjoy as much as adults.
Whether it's urban walks or nature walks, encounters with tigers or bison or going on a light rail adventure, this guide has it all
This guide, written by a native, begins when you land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) or arrive by car. It goes on to describe enough in-town activities, dining suggestions (with lots of kids eat free ideas for families), lodging options (including one visited by 2 presidents and another with an indoor water park) and day trips to fill a week or multiple long weekend trips. Whether you're coming to Charlotte on a business trip or making it your home base for a family vacation, unique experiences offering the best value for your travel dollar are described in detail.
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