It seems prescient that the city of Charlotte was originally established after a local gold discovery, and is now a prominent US banking city. Which is to say that Charlotte is full of treasures. The culinary scene has been making a name for itself with new takes on Southern cuisine, and the wealth of museums offer plenty to stimulate the mind.
The temperate climate also makes Charlotte an ideal place to bike, hike, raft, and race cars — and you don’t even have to leave town. For the easiest, breeziest entry into the Queen City, pick up your Charlotte airport car rental alternative and start moseying.
Charlotte might not come off as a place for adrenaline junkies, but it’s full of opportunities for hair-raising thrills.
You don’t have to be a diehard racing fan to enjoy hopping into the racing simulator or attempting the Pit Crew challenge. You can also see artifacts from big moments in racing history.
This facility on the Catawba River was created as a training facility for Olympic whitewater slalom race training, and is now also open to the public for wild rides, or just chilling on the 1,300 acres of forested land.
Be forewarned you must become a member by paying a $1 fee, but this beautiful theater has all the intimate, coziness of a small venue with quality sound, so you can be up close to your favorite big name acts.
Take your Charlotte car rental alternative less than an hour out of town for incredible hiking and rock climbing that will give you stunning views of nearby peaks and the Charlotte skyline in the distance.
Best known as the setting of Dirty Dancing, Lake Lure in the Blue Ridge Mountains will give you the time of your life, or just a tranquil lake getaway, the choice is yours.
Head two hours north in your Charlotte car rental alternative to Boone, to make your way into the Appalachians. Work up the courage for the ziplines and Mile High Bridge, or go for the most rewarding hiking in the state.
Shoot down NC-105 from Boone to Valle Crucis in your Charlotte car rental alternative for challengingly tight hairpin turns paired with instantaneous elevation shifts that will keep you guessing.
For a mix of unforgettable views with exciting driving, ascend into the Smokys near Cherokee to pick up US-74 and wiggle your way through the peaceful streams and dramatic topography to Balsam.
Because mountain driving is the ultimate, take this journey in your Charlotte car rental alternative to the Nahantala Forest, where US-64 ribbons for over 60 miles through two river gorges and many waterfalls.