Many of us are learning how to deal with life during coronavirus and that means also learning how to travel during coronavirus. Most, if not all of travel for the rest of 2020 will likely be domestic. What better time to explore more places near home? There is a lot to love about Charlotte, North Carolina
Whether you are looking for beaches, the mountains, unique breweries or a game of golf, each destination is less than four hours away.
Visit Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to play a round of gold. Driving time to this coastal getaway is three hours and 45 minutes. Hilton Head Island is home to around a few dozen golf courses for you to improve your swing. There is more to do than just golf. There are family-friendly parks, beaches, and playgrounds. You can also explore the island by renting bikes and kayaks.
Speaking of beaches, Wrightsville Beach is three and a half hours drive from Charlotte. The water is cleaner, and the beach is generally less crowded than the popular Myrtle Beach which is a plus for social distancing. If you want to spend the night or weekend, Wilmington is just a few miles away.
Enjoy the water but prefer lakes to ocean? Lake Lure, North Carolina is for you and is only an hour and a half away from Charlotte. If you didn’t know already, Lake Lure is famous as a key setting for the movie Dirty Dancing. This quiet mountain destination is perfect for some R&R, “beach” time, and nearby attractions like Chimney Rock.
Are you a fan of breweries? Asheville has the most breweries per capita in the United States. Not a fan of beer? The 8,000-acre historic family home of the Vanderbilts, Biltmore Estate, has a winery, gardens, and a spa and village to explore. If you are into art, the River Arts District has artist studios in former factory buildings. Downtown Asheville has plenty of galleries to visit along with beautiful architecture. Asheville is just two hours and 15 minutes from Charlotte.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, try a mountain escape in Boone, North Carolina. The drive time is only two hours. Boone is an excellent choice for a quiet getaway. Right now is the perfect time to go hiking, kayaking or fishing. If you would rather visit in the winter, the Blue Ridge Mountains are perfect for skiing or snowbarding and is much closer than Vail, Colorado. A fun fact about Boone, it’s home to the Mile High Swinging Bridge- the highest suspension footbridge in America.
Road trips are a great way to alleviate the quarantine boredom especially if you are hesitant to fly right now.