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Charlotte Douglas International Airport NC started as a municipal airport until it became a joint civil-military public airport that it is today.
Located 7 miles away from the city center, the airport is one of the top 10 busiest in the United States.
It’s a convenient airport to get to to travel around the Carolinas, as well as Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south which are all less than four hours away by car.
The home track for NASCAR is only 30 minutes to the north by car from Charlotte Airport.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is busiest in May but open to visitors year-round.
A great first stop for motoring enthusiasts is the Dale Trail which meanders through the childhood neighbourhood of racing legend Dale Earnhardt.
After hours, you may want to do some pub-hopping; the microbrew-pubs and restaurants of “The Hornet’s Nest” are abuzz with smells of hops and barbecue.
Outer Banks National Scenic Byway
The coast of North Carolina is lined with barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks.
Sixty-six (66) miles of the byway passes through this scenic coast of North Carolina, and driving along this route will bring you to wind-swept dunes, tidal marshes, crowd-free beaches, wildlife refuges for migrating song birds and waterfowl, and 21 villages that have maintained their maritime traditions.
If you’d like to visit the town where the first airplane took flight, drive to Kitty Hawk right on the edges of the Outer Banks; it is about six hours northeast from Charlotte.
Great Smoky Mountains
Another must-see destination are the Great Smoky Mountains, on the southern ridges of the Appalachian,
The “Smokies” are home to old-growth spruce-fir, yellow birch, American beech, and maples that provide habitat to 66 species of mammals, 240 species of birds and a long list of reptiles, fish and amphibians.
It can also be accessed by the Nantahala Scenic Byway or US Route 74 after a three-hour drive west.
Between the coast and the back-country is the historic heart of North Carolina – the Piedmont Triad of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point.
Winston-Salem, about an hour and a half north by car was the pre-Civil War settlement of members of the Moravian Church from the towns of Bavaria and Moravia of Czech Republic.
Greensboro’s history is closely tied to the final days of the Confederacy, while High Point’s goes back before 1750 when it was first settled by Quakers and German immigrants.