As my husband and I love going on holiday, but don’t always get as many vacation days as we might like (who does?), we’ve found that weekend city breaks tend to be a great way to enjoy a bit of travel without falling foul of our employers. Being Europeans, Chris and I are spoilt with the number of city options right on our doorstep, but for those times when we feel like going a little further afield, we find that the U.S. is also a great part of the world in terms of providing varied city getaways. With relatively cheap flights available across the Atlantic, Charlotte, North Carolina, is one such option which provides a variety of things to do. Below is a sample of just one way of spending a weekend in Charlotte, the second largest city in southeastern part of the United States.

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Photo by Linda Sibbald (Nisbett) via Trover

Day one
If, like me, you want to get to know a city when you first arrive there, then a good first stop in Charlotte could be the Charlotte Museum of History. Located on Shamrock Drive, this museum provides a great introduction to the history of the Charlotte area and surrounding region, with permanent exhibits including the American Freedom Bell, the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, as well as other pieces and exhibits from the 18th through the 20th century.


Alternatively, other museums you can visit in Charlotte include the Wells Fargo History Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, or the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture. Having spent your day strolling through the museums of Charlotte you are bound to be hungry, and so during the afternoon what better way to satisfy your hunger than one of the many food tours Charlotte has to offer. Not only do such tours help replenish any calories lost during long walks around museums, but they also help you get a feel for the geography of the city as you walk on the streets meeting locals and eating food that is typical of this part of the world.


Day Two
Charlotte is a city known for its sporting connections, so perhaps on day two you might consider a sports-themed day out. If so, great options include a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, or, depending on whether you are visiting at the right time of year, catch a game at either the Carolina Panthers (NFL), or the Charlotte Hornets (NBA). After all of this fun and excitement, you might feel in need of a little relaxation. If so, why not end your day at the Old Mecklenburg Brewery where you can kick back and eat tasty food and, of course, fantastic beer to help bring your weekend to a merry conclusion.


So, if you find yourself with a few days of vacation leave spare and don’t know where to go, why not  book yourself into one of the many hotels in Charlotte? Go on, you know you deserve it!


Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk and am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove project.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

7 Thoughts on “Cities Less Travelled: Planning a Weekend Getaway in Charlotte

  1. How interesting, this photograph! I’ve never been to Charlotte but North Carolina is a beautiful state.
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  2. One of my friends just happened to move to Charlotte! I’d love to visit. I really have no excuse, I’m relatively close. I like that you ended the weekend with a trip to a brewery. That is a great finale!
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  3. Great article and inspiration to visit Charlotte next time we’re in North Carolina – thanks for sharing! 🙂

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