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Visit Charlotte

In light of the upcoming Super Bowl (Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA), I want to feature two of my favorite cities- Charlotte, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado. Also known as the home cities of the Panthers and the Broncos.

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 If your family is visiting Charlotte, North Carolina here are 5 things you’ll want to do:

  1. Sporting Event: Of course I had to start with this since the Panthers are currently one of the best teams in football! Although beautiful Bank of America Stadium is located downtown, no one from Charlotte will tell you that! When referring to downtown Charlotte, you must call it “Uptown!” Charlotte4BB&T Stadium is also located in the heart of Uptown and it is home to the minor league baseball team, The Knights. Time Warner Cable Arena hosts both a professional basketball team- The Charlotte Hornets and a professional hockey team- The Checkers. Although Charlotte is currently making it’s mark in football, the city is probably best known as the home of NASCAR. The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts several races each season.
  2. NASCAR Hall of Fame: Since I’ve already mentioned NASCAR, I should go ahead and highlight the museum located Uptown. A true NASCAR fan will appreciate the depth of the memorabilia, history and facts contained throughout the museum. Yet the museum contains so many cool exhibits and experiences that you don’t have to love NASCAR to have fun. There is a pit stop challenge where our family was able to race a simulated pit stop. We had to work together to change tires, add gas, etc. There are also simulator games where you can drive a real car on a computer game. Charlotte6
  3. Discovery Place: Also located Uptown, Discovery Place is a hands on science museum for kids (and adults!) It features many different education exhibits including an animal habitat, a physics area, a science lab, and a building section. Discovery Place also has an IMAX dome theatre that features the largest screen in the Carolinas.                                                                                   Charlotte9 Charlotte10
  4. U.S. National Whitewater Center: This might be the greatest place in the world. It’s basically a giant grown up playground (where kids can play too!) The NWC was built based on the whitewater stadium designed for the 2000 Olympics. Besides rafting and kayaking in the whitewater, the center offers paddle boarding, biking trails, rock climbing, aerial obstacle courses, and zip lines. Additionally, the center hosts lots of concerts and offers awesome food and drinks (even a bar overlooking the whitewater.) Charlotte3 Charlotte11
  5. Billy Graham Library: The Billy Graham Library is an incredible place to experience. The 20-acre property is just miles away from where Bill Graham grew up and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful things to explore. You can do a self guided tour, walk the grounds, browse the gift shop, see the house where Billy Graham lived for much of his childhood, and also enjoy a wonderful meal at The Dairy Bar.charlotte12

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Carowinds
  2. Lazy 5 Ranch
  3. Charlotte Nature Museum
  4. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  5. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Good luck in the Super Bowl Panthers!

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(Look for “Visit Denver” tomorrow)

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Visit North Carolina

I big heart fuzzy LOVE New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, I’m one of those people. And while I’ve broken many, I have actually kept a lot over the years.

As I sit down to write my 2016 Resolutions, I want to include A LOT of travel resolutions. One of my travel categories- and yes, I have categories on my Resolution list- is “North Carolina Travel.” Having recently moved to NC, there are so many parts of our new state I’ve yet to visit and explore.

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Here are a few destinations I’m considering (with links) and I will probably “resolve” to visit at least 3 of these in 2016:

  1. Outer Banks: Top 10 Things To Do (Trip Adviser)10 Awesome Things To Do With Kids In The Outer BanksOuter Banks InfoBodie Island Lighthouse
  2. Biltmore Estate
  3. Chimney Rock: State Park, and Hickory Nut Falls
  4. NC Transportation Museum
  5. Mount Airy: The “Real” MayberryMayberry Days Festival
  6. Blue Ridge Parkway: I would like to not only drive parts of the parkway, but also do a few short do-able hikes with the kids. Here are a few I found that are recommended for kids: Hikes Near AshevilleList of Blue Ridge Parkway Trails.
  7. Raleigh: Pullen ParkState CapitolMarbles Kids MuseumMordecai HouseClemmons State Forest
  8. Tweetsie Railroad
  9.  Charlotte: Charlotte Motor SpeedwayDiscovery PlaceNascar Hall of FameCarowindsUS National Whitewater Center
  10. Wright Brothers National Memorial
  11. Wilmington: USS North Carolina BattleshipCape Fear MuseumNC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  12. Greensboro Science Center

I am really looking forward to exploring our state in 2016!

What other destinations in North Carolina would you add to this list?

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