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SPONSORED CONTENT In a city where adventure seekers thrive, garden gurus explore and culinary connoisseurs crave, the memory-making opportunities you’re looking to experience can be found right here in Charlotte. Even in our “new normal”, there are a variety of ways to bring your friends and family together safely to the Queen City. When you’re ready, hop on I-40 W, and in just over two hours, you’ll arrive to the 15th largest city in the nation.
A lot of experiences are here to give yourself the recharge you need to get back on track. Reconnect in a nature oasis at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, which features 110 acres of spectacular gardens, fountains, pavilions and walking trails.Get your tickets to the garden’s annual Chinese Lantern Festival beginning in mid-October. You’ll be in awe over the illuminated handmade lanterns of mythical creatures, flowers and trees, along with interactive light displays and colorful archways.
This city of green offers endless explorations to change your scenery and maintain social distancing. Walkers and runners can enjoy more than 50 miles of lush greenways and urban trails – from Little Sugar Creek Greenway to Anne Springs Close Greenway. For hikers and rock climbers alike, head to Crowders Mountain State Park, a 5,200-acre playground, where towering cliffs offer astounding views over the surrounding Piedmont. Finally, for all of the adventure seekers, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers rapids for rafters and kayakers of every ability, as well as more than 30 miles of trails, a climbing center and zip lines across 1,300 acres of woodlands.
Your ultimate culinary bucket list begins with toasting to new adventures outside with a seasonal beer at a local brewery – like Free Range Brewing – or checking out the city’s skyline at Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo. Share a seasonal small plate under the 150-year-old holly tree at The Goodyear House, and then sip on a glass of vino by the koi pond at Dilworth Tasting Room.
With so much to see and do, we invite you to spend time at the city’s coolest community hubs. Explore Camp North End, an innovative outdoor area featuring murals, diverse food stalls and retail spots, or grab a bite from Optimist Hall, Charlotte’s largest food hall.
With more than 5,600 hotel rooms in Uptown, you’ll find a hotel to accommodate multiple road trips to the Queen City. New hotel additions to the cityscape include The Grand Bohemian Hotel, MOXY Charlotte Downtown and the JW Marriott. Charlotte also offers smaller boutique properties such as The Ivey’s Hotel, which was just recognized as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. With hotels at varying price points in the heart of Uptown, visitors have plenty of options for their trips.
This city is magnetic, and you’ll find yourself awestruck by its ever-evolving cityscape and the diverse people shaping it. charlottesgotalot.com
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