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Jinny
Los Angeles

North Carolina, Charlotte

Is there anywhere near (8 hour drive) Charlotte for a weekend trip?

I'm asking this on behalf of my parents who have literally gone to DC, Florida, Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta a couple dozen times each. They don't want to get on a plane and would rather drive 5-10 hours in just one day to get somewhere on the east coast. 

What's a nice place for them to go on a weekend trip? 


6 Answers

answered by
Payton from Charlotte, North Carolina

Nashville is great, its about a 6 and a half hour drive. Also Asheville is also much closer and very nice. Sounds like they've been to all the great coastal destinations besides Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. OH, New Orleans is about 10 and a half hours non-stop in the car, but that might be pushing it. 


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answered by
Renee from Charlotte

I would certainly recommend Asheville if they haven't been there yet. It's a great weekend destination with cutting edge restaurants, galleries down by the river. The Omni Grove Park Inn is my favorite spot to stay - awesome sunsets and an unbelievable cave-like spa. 

Lots of other cities in North (and South) Carolina are well worth a weekend visit. Raleigh has lots of museums, most of them free, including the NC Museum of Art. Stay at the The Umstead Hotel & Spa, terrific hotel. Winston Salem is fun if your folks like history. Old Salem recreates the Moravian village. Don't miss the inn with authentic dishes. 

Heading toward the coast Wilmington is a sophisticated city with a great historic district on the river, easy to explore on foot, with really good restaurants. Take the paddlewheeler cruise to see where all the WWII Liberty ships were built. Both Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach are close by if they like deepsea fishing or just sunbathing. Fort Fisher is an interesting Civil War site. 

The Outer Banks are really too far from Charlotte for a weekend trip, but Myrtle Beach is a very short drive. If they like to dance swing, they should check out North Myrtle Beach, home of the shag.


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answered first by
Mitch from Honolulu

I'm from Blacksburg and have been many places around that area for weekend getaways. I would recommend going to Asheville to see the town and the Biltmore Estate. They can then head up to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for an unlimited amount of activities from Dollywood to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There's also a plenty of dinner shows down the strip, so suggest for them to rent a cabin for a getaway weekend up in the mountains.


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answered by
Thomas from Hendersonville

I like Beaufort and Asheville.


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answered by
Chuck from Huntsville, Alabama

Just over 2 hours East of Charlotte is Pinehurst. The Pinehurst Resort and spa offer everything from golf on 9 championship courses to shopping to the village downtown area.  There are also hourse dressage shows steeple chases and lawn bowling, tennis and other things to do.


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answered by
Brian

I agree that Asheville is a very interesting town. If they would head southwest a little ,Hendersonville is worth spending a day in. Some neat shops and restaurants. If they like a little hiking the DuPont Forest is another 40 minutes west and has some great water falls. Greenville about 45 minutes away is one of my favorites. The river walk is great and the downtown is awesome. There seems to be some sort of festival every weekend that is interesting, very good dining and shopping. If they ride bikes the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a must. Bike rentals are available.


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