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Old 08-09-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Here's my 2 cents for a car tour of things you just may want to see:

From Raleigh you will take I85 to Charlotte, but as you approach Charlotte exit onto I77S. At exit 9 (not sure but I think it is 9b) you want to exit onto I277/hwy 74. This will swing you around uptown on an elevated highway for a better view of uptown, in particular, Panther Stadium. Very shortly (about a mile at the most) you will exit onto S. Caldwell to get down into uptown. The main drag in uptown is S. Tryon so to get there from S. Caldwell, go about a block or two and take a left on 2nd Street. Once on 2nd the third intersection should put you at S. Tryon, take a right. Some of the streets in uptown are one way, but not all. I would ride S. Tryon down to about 10th street, then turn around and go back to take a right on Trade St. From there you can explore the 3rd ward area and the west side of uptown. Once you have had enough I would turn around on Trade and head east to see that end of uptown and move on to other parts of town.

As you pass under I277 Trade becomes Elizabeth Ave. You will ride thru part of the Central Piedmont Community College campus and the Elizabeth neighborhood until the street deadends at the entrance to Presbyterian Hospital. Take a left when you get to that intersection onto Hawthorne. Here you have two choices, depending on what you are interested in... go straight on Hawthorne and you will see one section of homes in Elizabeth, eventually coming to Central Ave. If you take a right on Central Ave. you will be in Plaza Midwood. To see some of the nicest homes in that neighborhood take a left onto The Plaza from Central Ave. Go about 5 blocks down and take a right on Belvedere to see some awesomely redone "cottages". You could retrace your route to put you back on Hawthorne and once back by the hospital take a left on 5th Street. OR, the second choice would be once you are at that intersection with Elizabeth and take your left on Hawthorne, take your next right onto 5th Street to see another part of the Elizabeth neighborhood. Take a right on N. Laurel. At the redlight take a slight left and go across the intersection onto Colville Road. Now you are in the Eastover neighborhood.

Colville will end on Providence Rd, take a right. About 4 blocks up take a left at the intersection of Providence and Queens Road. You are now entering Myers Park. Follow Queens Road to drive thru Queens College and see many nice homes. At the intersection of Queens and E. Queens take a left onto E. Queens and do the whole loop of Queens (it will eventually become W. Queens). From W. Queens take a right on Radcliffe and you will end up at the intersection of Queens and Selwyn. Take a right on Selwyn. Proceed down Selwyn and take a left at the intersection of Selwyn and Runnymeade (this is a redlight intersection). Proceed down Runnymeade until it dead ends at Sharon Road. Take a right onto Sharon Rd.

You are now entering the South Park area. At the intersection of Sharon and Colony you may turn right to see more of the homes in the neighborhood, or just go straight and in about two blocks you will see the entrance to South Park Mall. If you like malls and shopping, this one is worth seeing. There are several great places to eat in that area if you are hungry by that time.

Now, this was a lot of info, and I'm not sure you want more so I will quit here. IF you are interested and want my recommendations for what to do after you leave South Park, just let me know

Wow!...I would surely give you points if I could
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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Wow!...I would surely give you points if I could
Wow, aren't you sweet! Hey, maybe I should go into business giving newcomers in town for a few hours "tours" of the city, lol! But you have to promise to take the Fort Mill/Tega Cay route!
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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Here's my 2 cents for a car tour of things you just may want to see:

Now, this was a lot of info, and I'm not sure you want more so I will quit here. IF you are interested and want my recommendations for what to do after you leave South Park, just let me know
Hi LovesMountains, this is great information and since I will be in Charlotte this weekend, I definitely want to know what to do after we leave SouthPark. Please do tell.
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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Wow, aren't you sweet! Hey, maybe I should go into business giving newcomers in town for a few hours "tours" of the city, lol! But you have to promise to take the Fort Mill/Tega Cay route!
I think you should give tours in one of those Rickshaws that are uptown but you probably would not want me riding with you because I would make you pedal up the hill on Trade Street from College Street.
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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Hi LovesMountains, this is great information and since I will be in Charlotte this weekend, I definitely want to know what to do after we leave SouthPark. Please do tell.
I will try to take some time later this evening and write up Part 2 just for you

For now I would just like to know if our op, CTRIBUCHER, was able to make the day trip and how it went??
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Hi again! YES, we made the trip and we had a great time! We started out following lovesMountains' directions, but we soon veered off from them and did a lot of random exploring with a Charlotte travel book we picked up at the library and a HUGE streetmap DH found at the grocery store. But thanks again, lovesMountains, for giving us such a great starting point.

My company has three facilities in Charlotte, so we made a point of figuring out where the buildings are in case we move to Charlotte from Raleigh and I keep my job. One is in Ayrsley Town Center, one is off of I-77 near Tyvola Road, and the last one is in the University Research Park. So we drove from one to the next, trying to stay off of the Interstate when possible to drive through some neighborhoods along the way.

DH is interested in a company based in Cornelius, so after we drove around Charlotte we headed north to find their office. Then, we drove around Lake Norman and admired how "the other half" lives.

After that we went back towards Charlotte and explored Uptown and nearby areas, such as Sedgefield, Dillworth, and NoDa (not necessarily in that order!). We ended up at The Dog Bar in NoDa (had our dog with us on this adventure) and cooled off with a nice cool drink.

All in all, a fun day, though lots of time in the car. We left Raleigh at 8 am and pulled back into our parking lot at 12 midnight.
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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Thank you LovesMountains! My husband and I are touring the area for a potential relocation and we followed your driving tour. Thanks again!
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm surprised that there are threads that are over 3 years old that people can resurrect..
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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I'm surprised that there are threads that are over 3 years old that people can resurrect..
Please be considerate for these resurrected threads majority of people discover city data from a search engine they have every right to add their opinion to the discussion.

If you google Day Trip to Charlotte from Raleigh
It ranks 3rd
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Instead of adding nothing to the discussion dont open the thread with clocks
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Thank you LovesMountains! My husband and I are touring the area for a potential relocation and we followed your driving tour. Thanks again!
Thanks for your input.
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