When summer comes to Charlotte, many find themselves fighting the travel bug. Rather than fight it, why not embrace it? You don’t have to travel far from your apartment in The VUE to experience something new and exciting. Here are some of the best day trips around Charlotte that can add a level of adventure to your summer.
Visit Reed Gold Mine
You don’t have to go all the way to California to find your own gold rush. The Reed Gold Mine in Midland is actually the first documented site of gold discovery in the United States, and its productivity pushed North Carolina to the top in the nation for gold production until the 1840s. Today, visitors can explore the underground tunnels and try their hands at panning for gold on a visit to this historic site.
The historic town of Salisbury is a great day trip from Charlotte. Its historic area includes several important buildings from the 1800s, like the Utzman-Chambers House, the Dr. Josephus Hall House, and the Salisbury Female Academy. Visit the visitor’s bureau to get an audio walking tour. While in Salsbury, visit the sobering National Cemetery and Confederate Prison site.
Crowders Mountain State Park
If you’ve never been to Crowders Mountain State Park in Gastonia, then put it on your “must do” list for this summer. With a peak of 1,625 feet, Crowders Mountain gives beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The sheer vertical cliffs are a sight to behold, and you will love spending time at the large park surrounding the mountain. Canoe in the lake, try your hand at rock climbing, or simply enjoy a picnic at the base of the mountain.
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
If cars are more your thing, head to Mooresville, or Race City USA as it is better known, to visit the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Here you will see over 35 cars on display from many different eras of racing. You can also explore an entire showroom dedicated to the famous Dale Earnhardt.
Uwharrie National Forest
If you’re craving green space, Uwharrie National Forest awaits. This 50,000+ acre forest offers the option to swim in Badin Lake, hike through the forest on a variety of trails, or simply bask in the glow of nature. There are so many trails that you can visit several times a year and always see something new.
As you can see, there are many adventures awaiting just outside of Charlotte. You don’t have to plan an extensive vacation to enjoy the beauty of North Carolina. With a little bit of planning and a day of your own, these destinations give you the perfect retreat.