North Carolina and one of its major cities, Charlotte, are both rapidly developing. For a city whose sprawling development is so fast, it has managed to retain the charm that it always possessed and at the same time, has kept its greenery and scenery.
However, sometimes everyone wants to get out of the area of this rapid development and lose themselves in the olden days and the rustic Southern Charm that is so readily available near Charlotte.
Here are some Best Weekend Getaways from Charlotte, all within a sensible distance of the Queen City.
1. Savannah, Georgia
A city, famous for the southern charm that it practically oozes, Savannah is only a couple hours’ drive from the Queen City. The number of things that you can do to spend your time here is endless, be it exploring the city on foot, getting town trolley, or attaching yourself to one of the many tours that the place is famous for.
The Victorian era homes, with the beautiful wooden porches and trees, add to the scenic beauty that is the life-blood of this city. You can take a walking tour of the city, where you will be able to observe all the Civil war memorabilia or the many cultural sites such as the Savannah history museum.
On the off chance, you are fascinated by the supernatural you can take a tour of the legendarily haunted pubs of the city of Savannah. The city has something for everyone; as if you are a night owl, you can go on one of the many night tours of the city.
Distance from Charlotte: 252 Miles away from Charlotte, a 3 hours 45 minutes’ drive.
Best Time to Visit: Make the trip between March and July because at this time the warm weather causes the trees to bloom and the entire city is at its most beautiful.
Places to stay: For a comfortable or reasonable stay in Savannah, you can book rooms at the Country Inn and Suites by Raddison, the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel or even the Holiday Inn.
2. Bald Head Island
One of the most secluded spots near driving distance of Charlotte is Bald Head Island. The Outer Banks offer one of the most serene experiences, but due to the distance from the city, it is impossible to visit. Bald Head Island is at a very reasonable distance from the Queen City, and after a few hours’ drive tourists can experience the serenity that is hard to find elsewhere.
It was once a pirate hideout and to this day offers tours of the island. The Lighthouse and the Sail shop, as well as Spas, ensure a variety of experiences for visitors. No cars are allowed on the island, and it can be reached only by boat, with bikes, and golf carts being used for transportation. The cuisine here is amazing,and the seafood is a must have for any visitor.
Distance from Charlotte: 224.4 Miles away from Charlotte, a 4 hours 45 minutes’ drive.
Best Times to Visit: In June there is an Annual Bald Head Island Pirate Invasion held, and this is the best time to experience the culture of the olden days, while possibly meeting Captain Jack Sparrow.
Places to Stay: There are a number of good places to stay on the Island, but the Marsh Harbour Inn and the Inn at Bald Head Island are the two leading places for comfortable and reasonable stays.
3. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
There are not that many places where a person can go to see a proper sunset in North Carolina, and even if there are, none of them can match up to the magnificence that is Jockey’s Ridge. Located a bit far from Charlotte it is still an amazing weekend getaway for the whole family. The Sunset on the Ridge Summer program helps tourists to scale on top of the tallest active sand dune in the Eastern United States to watch the sun descend.
The scenery is without proper comparison as the tourist can watch the sun disappear into Roanoke Sound while having the expanse of the entire Atlantic Ocean behind them. There are a number of other sites to visit as well here, with the Wright Brother’s National Memorial located here, along with the Bodie Island Lighthouse and Jeanette’s Pier.
Distance from Charlotte: 362 Miles away from Charlotte, a 5 hours 37-minute drive.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is during summers.
Places to Stay: The Holiday Inn Express Nags Ocean Front and the Surf Side Hotel offers the best places to stay in near the Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
4. Cherokee, NC
Variety is the name of the game, and that is exactly what Cherokee, NC, offers. It has abundant fresh air just three hours or so outside Charlotte and is one of the perfect weekend destinations. Since the reservation is dry, there may not be upscale dining nearby, but there is plenty to offer in the only full-scale casino in North Carolina itself. After a night at the tables, there are many other things you can do, including fly fishing. The Oconaluftee Indian Village Preserve is also a place to explore of tourists who are curious. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Mountain Farm Museum are both nearby as well to explore the culture of a by-gone era.
Distance from Charlotte: 165 miles away from Charlotte, a three-hour five-minute drive.
Best Time to visit: The region is unpredictable during the spring, due to the dry nature of the area, and so the best time to visit is between Late April and Early October.
Places to stay: The Econo Lodge and the Rodeway Inn and Suites, both offer to lodge at reasonable rates to tourists.
With it finally being time to step out of the already explored locations, there are plenty of places in an around the city, where a weekend getaway could find you peace, quiet, and some delicious rustic meals.