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Charlotte: a Southern Metropolis

BY SAMANTHA ROSENFELD

Charlotte, North Carolina is nestled in between the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze and the jaw-dropping Blue Ridge Mountains. According to the Charlotte Observer in May of 2019, the city is the fifth fastest growing city in the United States. Beyond that, it also offers a wide variety of activities for a quick vacation. But since there are so many options, you may want to carefully plan your activities so you can fit them all in!

Welcome to the “Brewery Capital” of the South!

With over thirty breweries scattered throughout the sixteen-mile radius of Charlotte city limits, residents very rarely are seen with a domestic beer in hand. These breweries are open to all ages as well as leashed furry friends.

One of the most prolific “run clubs” is out of NoDa Brewing and often hosts over 60 individuals each event.

Beyond acting as a social hub to eat and drink, many of these breweries also offer an array of activities that are outside of the usual trivia or karaoke nights. One such example is the ever-popular “run clubs” which offer active adults an opportunity to meet new people, run new routes together and then finish the night off with a well-earned beer! These clubs meet year-round, despite the scorching temperatures that linger during the summer evenings.

The White Water Center has a variety of events to choose from – zip lining, ropes courses, rafting, paddle boarding, mountain biking and more!

Outdoor Activities Abound

No matter what you may be in the mood to do, Charlotte is positioned right in the middle of it all. Need to dip your toes in the water? Charlotte is conveniently located near two large lakes that may be just what you’re looking for. Not wanting to just sitting around? Head to the White Water Center and try your hand at zip-lining, white water rafting, and more adrenaline-filled opportunities. Still not what you were thinking? Hop in the car and, depending on which direction you drive, you’ll find scenic Asheville full of waterfalls and hiking spots or the gorgeous coast along the Carolinas. Did we mention we’re only a few hours away from Charleston and Savannah?

The NoDa neighborhood has many beautiful art murals scattered throughout the area, all ready for an impromptu photoshoot.

Cultural Experiences

Beyond the amazing array of outdoor activities, Charlotte is brimming with cultural experiences for all ages. In the heart of the city you can find a variety of art and history museums, theater, ballet and more. The city also boasts more than eleven music venues of all shapes and sizes that regularly host many genres of music. In the North Davidson neighborhood (lovingly called NoDa), you will find an assortment of street art that act as the perfect background for a quick Instagram picture.

Kings Mountain & Crowder’s Mountain are only forty minutes from the heart of the city and offer incredible views including a far-off Charlotte skyline.

Dog-Friendly Activities

Charlotte is one of the very dog-friendly cities you can visit within the south, as evidenced by the welcoming nature of the breweries around town. In fact, there are multiple “dog bars” that allow you to enjoy a drink while your dog runs around with its friends. Beyond the drinking scene, Charlotte also offers over eight large dog parks that occupy a few acres scattered around the city. Perhaps your dog does better on-leash? Hop in the car for a quick forty-minute drive to Kings Mountain for a moderate six-mile hike!

The BB&T Ballpark is nestled in the heart of the city, offering an unparalleled panoramic view.

Sports For Every Age

No matter the season, there is always some type of sport to cheer for in the city of Charlotte. Most famously are the Carolina Panthers, the NFL team whose fans take over the Bank of America arena most weekends during the football season. If you’re a baseball fan than you’ll enjoy our minor league team, the Charlotte Knights, who play in an incredibly scenic stadium that is nestled among the skyscrapers in Uptown. And if ball sports are not something you prefer, head right outside of the city limits to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for some NASCAR racing.

No matter your age or interests, Charlotte has something that will pique your interest during any season. Locals would recommend visiting the city in late fall through the spring since during the summer months you can expect blistering temperatures. For more information, visit the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority to plan your trip today!

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