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Charlotte is a beautiful, clean city that is a welcoming place for tourists who come here to visit the historical sights, museums, gardens - and for the sports. The city lies near the border of North Carolina/South Carolina and the metropolitan area is comprised of ten counties in North Carolina and three counties in South Carolina. It is the number one travel destination in the Carolinas, due in part to its central location - just a three-hour drive to both the scenic mountains or the pristine Carolina beaches. In Charlotte, there's plenty to choose from - there are the Charlotte Hornets, the city's NBA team, and the Charlotte Sting, the WNBA team. Ericsson Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte's NFL team, and for baseball fans, the Triple A Charlotte Knights play at a stadium just over the state line in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Last, but certainly not least, is the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a mile and a half track that draws thousands of fans each year. However, sports aren't the only attraction in Charlotte. The city is home to the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and history plays an important role in the city, where you can visit the Charlotte Museum of History, the Historic Latta Plantation, or take a trolley ride at the Charlotte Historic Trolley Museum. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is 110 acres of themed gardens, fountains and hiking trails, and Ribbon Walk is a 137-acre botanical garden with a fine environmental education center. The city has 14,000 acres of parks and 19 recreational centers with picnic areas, hiking trails, swimming pools, lighted tennis courts and athletic fields. For even more outdoor fun, Lake Norman, North Carolina's largest man made lake, is just north of the city and offers every type of water sport imaginable.

Surrounding areas: Marion, North Carolina (8.9 mi), Mountain Island Lake, North Carolina (11.0 mi), Lake Norman, North Carolina (15.8 mi), Lake Wylie, North Carolina (21.0 mi), Monroe, North Carolina (23.5 mi), Burnsville, North Carolina (34.7 mi), Lake Hickory, North Carolina (39.9 mi)

Charlotte Vacation Rentals

Charlotte Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Adam's Mark Hotel Charlotte555 S Mcdowell StCharlotte, NC (704) 372-4100
Amerisuites Arrowood7900 Frst Point BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 522-8400
Amerisuites Coliseum4119 S Stream BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 357-8555
Amerisuites-Charlotte/Airport2950 Oak Lake BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 423-9931
Ballantyne Resort10000 Ballantyne Commons PkwyCharlotte, NC (704) 248-4000
Barrington Place2410 Aleerton WayCharlotte, NC (704) 599-1575
Best Inn & Suites219 Archdale DrCharlotte, NC (704) 527-8500
Best Value Inn & Suites3200 Queen City DrCharlotte, NC (704) 398-3144
Best Western Sterling Hotel & Suites242 East Woodlawn RdCharlotte, NC (704) 525-5454
Brookwood Inn1200 West Sugar CRK RdCharlotte, NC (800) 716-6115
Candlewood Suites Hotel8812 University East DrCharlotte, NC (704) 598-9863
Candlewood Suites5840 Westpark DrCharlotte, NC (704) 529-7500
Charlotte City Center Courtyard By Marriott237 South Tryon StCharlotte, NC (704) 926-5800
Charlotte Marriott City Center100 W Trade StCharlotte, NC (704) 333-9000
Charlotte Marriott City Center100 West Trade StCharlotte, NC (704) 333-9000
Charlotte Marriott Executive Park5700 W Park DrCharlotte, NC (704) 527-9650
Charlotte Marriott Southpark2200 Rexford RdCharlotte, NC (704) 916-4080
Charlotte University Red Roof Inn5116 N I-85Charlotte, NC (704) 596-8222
Comfort Inn Airport4040 S Interstate 85 SVC RdCharlotte, NC (704) 394-4111
Comfort Inn Executive Park5822 Westpark DrCharlotte, NC (704) 525-2626
Comfort Inn Uncc5111 N I-85 Service RdCharlotte, NC (704) 586-0007
Comfort Inn2721 E Independence BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 375-8444
Comfort Suites Charlotte Airport3425 Mulberry Church RdCharlotte, NC (704) 971-4400
Comfort Suites North7315 Smith Corners BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 598-0478
Comfort Suites7735 University City BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 547-0049
Continental Inn1100 W Sugar CRK RdCharlotte, NC (704) 597-8100
Country Inn & Suites Charlotte-University131 Mccullough DrCharlotte, NC (704) 549-8770
Country Inn & Suites2541 Little Rock RdCharlotte, NC (704) 394-2000
Courtyard By Marriott Arrowood800 Arrowood RdCharlotte, NC (704) 527-5055
Courtyard By Marriott Charlotte Southpark6023 Park S DrCharlotte, NC (704) 552-7333
Courtyard By Marriott Charlotte University333 W WT Harris BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 549-4888
Courtyard By Marriott15660 John J Delaney DrCharlotte, NC (704) 341-0041
Courtyard By MarriottI-85 & 2700 Little Rock RdCharlotte, NC (704) 319-9900
Crowne Plaza Charlotte201 S Mcdowell StCharlotte, NC (704) 372-7550
Days Inn Airport3101 S I-85 Service RdCharlotte, NC (704) 394-3381
Days Inn Woodlawn118 East Woodlawn RdCharlotte, NC (704) 525-5500
Days Inn4924 Sunset RdCharlotte, NC (704) 598-7712
Doubletree Guest Suites Charlotte/South Park6300 Morrison BlvdCharlotte, NC (704) 364-2400
Doubletree Hotel-charlotte895 West Trade StCharlotte, NC (704) 347-0070
Drury Inn & Suites Charlotte415 W WT Harris Blvd NCharlotte, NC (704) 593-0700
Bed & Breakfast
Roswell Inn2320 Roswell AveCharlotte, NC (704) 332-4915
Inn Uptown-bed & Breakfast129 N Poplar StCharlotte, NC (704) 342-2800
The Book & Spindle B & B626 Oakland AveRock Hill, SC22.6 mi.(803) 328-1913
Spring Run Bed & Breakfast24 SPG Run LK NormanMooresville, NC24.8 mi.(704) 664-6686

Charlotte Weather & Climate

The Heartland, near the city of Charlotte, has a moderate, four-season climate. The single most important factor in the state that influences weather is altitude. The Heartland, or central part of the state, is partially protected by the western mountain ranges from the cold air that moves southeastward across the central States. Extreme cold temperatures are rare outside the mountains. The warmest days are found in the interior rather than near the coast. Autumn is the driest season and the season of most rapidly changing temperature. There is no distinct wet or dry season in the state, although July is usually the wettest month. North Carolina is outside the principal tornado area of the U.S., but still averages two or three per year, mostly east of the Mountains in the spring. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 32°F 4.00 in. 49°F
February 55°F 34°F 3.55 in. 46°F
March 64°F 41°F 4.39 in. 52°F
April 72°F 49°F 2.95 in. 59°F
May 79°F 58°F 3.66 in. 68°F
June 86°F 66°F 3.42 in. 73°F
July 90°F 70°F 3.79 in. 77°F
August 88°F 69°F 3.72 in. 80°F
September 82°F 63°F 3.83 in. 76°F
October 72°F 50°F 3.66 in. 70°F
November 62°F 41°F 3.36 in. 58°F
December 54°F 34°F 3.18 in. 55°F

Charlotte Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 5 miles west of Charlotte, Lancaster County Mc Whirter Field (LKR) located approximately 34 miles south of Charlotte in Lancaster, South Carolina, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located roughly 42 miles west of Charlotte in Shelby, North Carolina, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located around 46 miles northwest of Charlotte in Hickory, North Carolina, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 70 miles north of Charlotte in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and finally the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located approximately 71 miles northeast of Charlotte in Winston - Salem, North Carolina.

Charlotte Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC 
JeepersConcordNC19.5 mi.
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC83.0 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC10.3 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC83.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Charles T Myers Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC 
Charlotte Golf LinksCharlotteNC 
Golf Club at BallantyneCharlotteNC 
Highland Creek Golf ClubCharlotteNC 
Larkhaven Golf ClubCharlotteNC 
Oak Hills Golf CourseCharlotteNC 
Olde Sycamore Golf PlantationCharlotteNC 
Paradise Valley Par 3CharlotteNC 
Pawtucket Golf ClubCharlotteNC 
Renaissance Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC 
Revolution Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC 
Sunset Hills Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC 
Green Meadows Golf CourseMount HollyNC10.4 mi.
Crystal Creek Golf ClubPinevilleNC10.5 mi.
DivideMatthewsNC10.7 mi.
Emerald Lake Golf ClubMatthewsNC10.7 mi.
Lakewood Golf CourseCramertonNC12.5 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC12.7 mi.
Skybrook Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC12.7 mi.
Charlotte National Golf CourseIndian TrailNC15.0 mi.
Pebble Creek Golf CourseIndian TrailNC15.0 mi.
White Oak GreensWhite OakNC15.4 mi.
Fort Mill Golf ClubFort MillSC16.6 mi.
Regent Park Golf ClubFort MillSC16.6 mi.
Springfield Golf ClubFort MillSC16.6 mi.
Tega Cay Golf ClubTega CaySC17.4 mi.
White Oak Par 3AlexisNC18.8 mi.
Gastonia Municipal Golf CourseGastoniaNC19.0 mi.
Crowders Mountain Golf ClubGastoniaNC19.1 mi.
Linwood Springs Golf CourseGastoniaNC19.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC85.1 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC86.7 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC86.7 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC104.5 mi.
State Parks
Crowders Mountain State ParkNC24.7 mi. 
Andrew Jackson State ParkSC27.5 mi. 
Kings Mountain State ParkSC29.4 mi. 
Duke Powder State ParkNC30.4 mi. 
Landsford Canal State ParkSC31.6 mi. 
Mint Musuem of ArtCharlotteNC(Art)
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC12.7 mi.(History)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC19.6 mi.(Science)
Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission MuseumAlbemarleNC37.3 mi.(History)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC44.8 mi.(Art)
DoorsAdvanceNC55.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC66.8 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC85.4 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC91.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC99.8 mi.

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