If you don’t want to go too far, consider Crowder’s Mountain. It’s just 30 miles from Charlotte and is great for families looking for adventure and breathtaking views. You can rock climb, camp and picnic.
Further west is Asheville. It’s worth the two hour drive to see the Biltmore Estate which is the country’s largest home. It’s expansive gardens are impressive and it’s also home to the country’s first managed forests. Biltmore also has the most visited winery in the country. You can even tour the vineyards for yourself!
Now to some other must-sees. Grandfather Mountain is a biggie. It’s the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain area. Not only is it a stunning nature preserve, its Mile High Swinging Bridge provides quite the thrill.
Reed’s Gold Mine is another fun time. It’s less than an hour East of Charlotte in Midland where the country’s first documented gold discovery was made. Once you’re there, you’ll have the whole family panning for gold in no time!
And animal lovers don’t forget about the zoo! The North Carolina Zoological Park is about an hour east of Charlotte in Asheboro and was one of the first to create areas specifically designed to resemble the animals’ natural habitats. There are more than a thousand animals including some local endangered species.
These are just some ideas to get you dreaming about day trips for the whole family. So, Do Your Part to get away and get out to some of the best sites near Charlotte.