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Old 04-16-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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My friend and I are looking to potentially move down to NC in the near future, and have planned a week long trip in NC to explore to see if it's a place we would consider moving to. We will be flying into Charlotte and plan on spending some time at least in the Raleigh area as well.

Seeing as how most of you are from these areas, do you have some recommendations that my friend and I should do while in these cities to help get an idea what normal life in Chartlotte or Raleigh is like?
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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My friend and I are looking to potentially move down to NC in the near future, and have planned a week long trip in NC to explore to see if it's a place we would consider moving to. We will be flying into Charlotte and plan on spending some time at least in the Raleigh area as well.

Seeing as how most of you are from these areas, do you have some recommendations that my friend and I should do while in these cities to help get an idea what normal life in Chartlotte or Raleigh is like?
What are your interests & age range? You'll get better answers if we know that.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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My friend and I are looking to potentially move down to NC in the near future, and have planned a week long trip in NC to explore to see if it's a place we would consider moving to. We will be flying into Charlotte and plan on spending some time at least in the Raleigh area as well.

Seeing as how most of you are from these areas, do you have some recommendations that my friend and I should do while in these cities to help get an idea what normal life in Chartlotte or Raleigh is like?
Raleigh Entertainment | Movies, Theater, Bowling and Family Fun

Charlotte NC attractions, tours, things to do | Charlotte NC Travel & Tourism

Don't even ask why in the world Asheville's Biltmore Estate is on Charlotte's list of attractions, but for strange reason it's there. Either Charlotte is "reaching" or Asheville's Chamber of Commerce paid for the spot (maybe a little bit of both).
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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What are your interests & age range? You'll get better answers if we know that.
We are both 24, we like lots of outdoor activities, not so much the extreme mountain biking or running but more relaxed hiking, going to the park, etc.

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Raleigh Entertainment | Movies, Theater, Bowling and Family Fun

Charlotte NC attractions, tours, things to do | Charlotte NC Travel & Tourism

Don't even ask why in the world Asheville's Biltmore Estate is on Charlotte's list of attractions, but for strange reason it's there. Either Charlotte is "reaching" or Asheville's Chamber of Commerce paid for the spot (maybe a little bit of both).
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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We are both 24, we like lots of outdoor activities, not so much the extreme mountain biking or running but more relaxed hiking, going to the park, etc.


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Crowders Mountain State Park is in Kings Mountain Twp., just outside of Gastonia. Gastonia is about 20 miles west of Charlotte. It's a popular hiking destination for people in Charlotte. If you like history, you can continue south on I 85 to exit 2, to the Kings Mountain battlefield. It's run by the National Park Service, There's a movie shown, indoors, then you can walk the trail to the battlefield. I'd definitely recommend watching the movie first.

Neither "mountain" is a real mountain hiking experience.



http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/crmo/main.php

http://www.nps.gov/kimo/index.htm
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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We are both 24, we like lots of outdoor activities, not so much the extreme mountain biking or running but more relaxed hiking, going to the park, etc.


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Definitely the Whitewater Center and Carowinds in Charlotte.

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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When visiting Raleigh, don't forget to include Chapel Hill and Durham. All three have interesting and walkable downtown areas, with Ralegh at the top of that list. Durham has a lively foodie scene including food trucks. If you're into live music, head over to Chapel Hill. Brewery pubs are popping up everywhere.

Visit the daily Farmer's Market in Raleigh. Visit Duke Gardens in Durham. Kayak in the Neuse River. Go to a Durham Bulls game. There are many parks for walking and several state parks that are heavily forested for mild hiking and nature viewing.
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