Spring Break: 12 Last-Minute Travel Ideas for Charlotteans

1 Old House Cay is a cluster of three private islands selling for $1,935,000 off Hilton Head Island.

1 Old House Cay is a cluster of three private islands selling for $1,935,000 off Hilton Head Island.



Parent’s Guide to Summer Camps

Summer is fast approaching and comes with three months of free time for school-aged children. We’ve rounded up camp options around town, tips for signing up, and a quick guide to last-minute spring break that doesn’t require a lot of planning or money.

If you’re rushing to plan a last-minute spring break but are worried about breaking the bank, it might be beneficial to ditch the idea of ​​flying somewhere far away and instead focus on popular spots within driving distance. of Charlotte.

Whether you prefer beaches, mountains, or cities, Charlotte is surrounded by plenty of great places to visit this coming spring. Here are 12 destinations Charlotte residents can travel to during spring break:

Blue Ridge Parkway
The views from the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville can be spectacular. Jodie Valade The Charlotte Observer

Mountains and lakes

Asheville (129 miles)

Nestled in North Carolina’s beloved Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has an artsy and historic community that offers everything from the famous Gilded Age mansion known as the Biltmore Estate to elegant vineyards and trendy cafes.

Lac de Lure (93 miles)

Lake Lure is a quaint and serene town in the heart of Chimney Rock, known for being the filming location of the 1987 classic, Dirty Dancing. Tourists can soak up the sun on the lake beach, explore nearby mountains, swim, cycle, kayak and more.

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee (290 km)

The Cherokee National Forest is a United States national forest located in the southern Appalachians. Visitors can view wildlife, go horseback riding and camp in designated grounds around the forest.

hilton head beaches
A sunrise over Folly Field Beach on Hilton Head Island in May 2020. Lana Ferguson Staff picture

Beach towns and islands

Hilton Head Island, SC (247 miles)

Located in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island is home to many golf courses, beaches and local shops. Unlike most other beaches on the South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Island’s beaches are quieter and tend to host a crowd that cares more about relaxation than nightlife.

Murrells Inlet, SC (184 miles)

The sunsets in Murrells Inlet will take your breath away as you stroll along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Boardwalk or Brookgreen Gardens. For an unforgettable experience, consider visiting Blue Wave Adventures for a dolphin watching excursion.

Charleston, South Carolina (209 miles)

Charleston is undeniably one of South Carolina’s most popular year-round destinations. The beautiful historic beach town is perfect for young families and adult travelers looking for the perfect blend of beach, shopping and nightlife.

Folly Island, South Carolina (220 miles)

A small “barrier island” just south of Charleston, Folly Island and its namesake beach offer spring vacationers the chance to wake up each morning to an incredibly picturesque scene. The island offers the perfect balance of tranquility and fun, with a vastly expanded portfolio of things to see and do.

Manteo (357 miles)

Considered “the heart of Roanoke Island,” the coastal town of Manteo on the Outer Banks is a historian’s paradise. With a rich history tied to “The Lost Colony”, several museums and full-scale replicas of ships that once ferried settlers to the shores of North Carolina, the quaint and charming seaside town is sure to offer a unique experience. both relaxing and educational.

North Myrtle Beach, SC (298 km)

For vacationers looking for a beach setting with livelier nightlife, Myrtle Beach might be what you’re looking for. With plenty of live music events, bars, clubs – and the beach – you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained.

Atlanta Skyline by Well Carvalho @bywellcarvalho.jpg
Explore Atlanta on a weekend road trip. Well Carvalho

Car journeys to nearby metros

Atlanta (245 miles)

A major hub for music and culture and a bustling city that shares many similarities with Charlotte, Atlanta is a great metro nearby that serves as the perfect getaway for spring breakers looking to have a good time. If you’re looking for a destination that offers plenty of sights, attractions, and great nightlife, be sure to include Atlanta on your list.

Washington, DC (399 miles)

The epicenter of our nation’s overall history, Washington, DC has more to offer than just museums and monuments. Besides the obvious reasons to visit America’s capital, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with this city, such as the awe-inspiring architecture of our nation’s most important buildings, live entertainment, and some of the most critically acclaimed. restaurants.

Nashville, Tennessee (419 miles)

Swap your baseball caps for a cowboy hat and head to the “Country Music Capital of the World.” Home to the legendary Grand Ole Opry and the viral Dolly Parton-themed restaurant, White Limozeen, there’s plenty of fun to be had in and around the playgrounds of the world’s most famous country music superstars.

Evan Santiago is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer and writes for the publication’s Service Journalism Desk. He is originally from New York and is currently based in Queen City where he works to help local readers with the challenges that come with everyday life in the modern world.

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