Charlotte: the Southern Paradise

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and one of the most bustling cities in the South. It is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as the NFL's Carolina Panthers. This ideal tourist location draws people with its gorgeous tree canopies, famous fried chicken, cornbread, and southern made calamari. There are plenty of affordable hotels, modes of transportation, and scenic attractions that a visit can practically turn into paradise.

Visit Charlotte in the Spring
Friendly southern charm has made Charlotte a popular tourist destination. Its high season is in the summer when people come to golf at the Pawtuckett Golf Club. There are fabulous hotels to stay at in the Pawtuckett neighborhood, like the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South, and the Holiday Inn Charlotte – Airport Conference Center. Each one puts you near the popular links.

Though summertime is fabulous, you do pay higher costs for accommodations. The spring is the best time to visit because the weather is gorgeous and the prices haven't reached their peak yet. Besides, by visiting in the spring you'll avoid the 100-degree-plus temperatures that can occur from mid-July through August.

Hop on the Gold Rush Trolley
There are many inexpensive ways to get around in Charlotte. Once you arrive in the Charlotte Douglass International Airport, choose from several convenient travel options. If you can't find one of the many hotel courtesy shuttles, there are car rental companies, taxis, and the city center Sprinter buses to get you where you want to go.

In town there are inexpensive transportation options as well. The LYNX Light Rail system will take you around town for just $2 each way. But for maximum enjoyment take the Gold Rush Trolley. It travels up and down Trade Street and is perfect for sightseeing, and is cheap – because it doesn't cost a thing!

Charlotte's Affordable Hotel Options
If you've decided to stay in downtown Charlotte, don't worry about the high cost of hotels. There are many excellent places to stay that will offer terrific amenities at affordable prices. The Omni Charlotte Hotel is four-diamond rated and close to dining, shopping, and nightlife, and is just a trip across the sky bridge to the Epicentre entertainment district, and the Blumenthal Arts Center.
Other excellent choices in the heart of the Queen City include the Charlotte Marriott City Center, and the Hyatt House. A little further out, the Red Roof Inn, and the Budget Inn will keep you comfortable and not shock your pocketbook.

Inexpensive Activities
If you're coming to Charlotte for nature in all her splendor, then you've made the right choice. To begin with, there are the magnificent grounds at Biltmore Estate, the Anne Spring Close Greenway, and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.
Family fun is also available at Carowinds Theme Park, and the excitement builds from there at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Charlotte is truly an Eden on earth that any nature lover has to visit. And when it's this affordable, it's practically a sin if you don't.

Gabriel Winston likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and his blog Where the Dog Never Lies. She is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project. 


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