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Old 02-25-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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What are some good weekend trips that people make from the Charlotte area? My family and I just moved here and are interested in what there is out there to explore. We've got a 1 year old, so we're probably more interested in "family-friendly" spots, but we'd love to hear any and all ideas. And feel free to show off those photos! Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Charlotte Area
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You have the Mountains to the West and the Beach to the East. That is one of the reasons Charlotte is so popular because of the close proximity to mountains and beaches.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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Charleston, SC. Extremely historic downtown. Two great beaches. Great Aquarium. Three hours away. I have a 21 month old and we never hesitate to take her along.

Downtown Charleston is very stroller friendly and Isle of Palms beach is very very toddler friendly (water is very shallow for about 100 yards out).
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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We moved here in July of last year and went to Myrtle Beach in October. The weather was 75-80 that weekend with no crowds. In the fall we went to the mountains to see the fall colors and took a train ride on the Great Smokey Mountains RR. This October we are planning a visit to Charelston, SC.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We like to take a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA.

Welcome to the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford Virginia

I haven't been there yet, but I hear that the Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC is something to behold.

Congaree National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Maybe you might want to look at Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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You have so many choices - Charlotte is so well-located

(1) Penland Pottery Studios and museum
(2) Seagrove area potters with pottery museum
(3) Riverbanks Zoo - Columbia SC
(4) NC State Zoo - Asheboro (stop at Seagrove on the way)
(5) Virginia Creeper Bicycle Trail - 34 mile train that runs downhill between Abdington,VA & NC state line (very easy biking)
(6) Roan Mt State (TN) Park - Great cabins in lovely setting - not far away
(7) Museums in the Triangle - NC State Museum (Raleigh) and the New Nasher Museum at Duke Univ. - while there visit the Sarah Duke gardens
(8) Savannah, GA - much closer than you think
(9) Beaufort, SC and St Helena's Island - the barrier islands down here are beautiful and filled with history (Gullah people)
(10) Wilmington, NC for azalea festival
(11) The Blue Ridge for the rhododendron in May-June
(12) the NC. wineries to the northwest of Charlotte (Yadkin Valley) Discover North Carolina Wines | www.ncwine.org (broken link)
(13) Charleston , of course
(14) Many Local festivals in small towns - just Google "NC Festivals" being sure that you are looking at dates for the current year
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Just a few ideas in Charlotte itself



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