Natural wonders abound in North Carolina, from the picturesque majesty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the beautiful beaches of the 200-mile stretch of barrier islands within the Outer Banks. These waterfalls are less than a three-hour drive from Charlotte, offering spectacular drops, unique overlook points, and chances for swimming and sunbathing away from urban crowds. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Log Hollow Falls
4.Elk River Falls
5.Looking Glass Falls
10 Best Waterfalls Near Charlotte, NC
- Wintergreen Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Log Hollow Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Michael Shake - Fotolia.com
- High Falls, Photo: Courtesy of steheap - Fotolia.com
- Elk River Falls, Photo: Courtesy of JAMES - Fotolia.com
- Looking Glass Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Moonborne - Fotolia.com
- Sliding Rock, Photo: Courtesy of Frank C Jones - Fotolia.com
- Rainbow Falls, Photo: Courtesy of steheap - Fotolia.com
- Second Falls, Photo: Courtesy of alkiona_25 - Fotolia.com
- Triple Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Jill Lang - Fotolia.com
- Upper Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Kari - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Moonborne - Fotolia.com
More Ideas: NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is in Charlotte, North Carolina. The chronological history of NASCAR is cemented deep within these halls, showcasing the heritage of NASCAR. The CEO and chairman of NASCAR, Brian France, acquired the position when his father stepped aside in 2013. The hall of fame is a high-tech venue and offers guests a chance to engage in some supremely interactive exhibits. It opened its doors in 2010, offering fans and non-fans the chance to see valuable artefacts, a 278-person state-of-the-art theatre, hands-on exhibits, the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, the Hall of Honor, a NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame gear shop. The hall of fame is open 7 days a week and is a 5-acre site and includes a privately established 19-storey office tower with a square foot expansion of 102,000.
Facts about the Hall
Winston Kelley, the executive director of the Hall of Fame has brought a wealth of private sector experience to the job and as well as his passion for the NASCAR sport. He has been working at NASCAR since 1981 and lives for the industry.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame comes with a whole list of facts. For example, the hall is licensed by NASCAR, owned by the City of Charlotte, and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. The High Octane Theatre features informational movies about NASCAR and is available for after-hours rentals. Ralph Appelbaum Associates created the exhibition designs and there is a ceremonial plaza for the exterior for the induction ceremonies. Race Week is a facility featuring the most collaboration as it provides behind-the-scenes information on the NASCAR industry and the NASCAR team who prepare the cars for a racing day.
There is an internship program for students who want to learn the NASCAR business. There are three terms: Spring, summer, and fall. There is also an opportunity to rent the hall as a full venue for events.
There are many future events coming up, such as the Racing Insider Tour I-85, which gives visitors behind-the-scenes access to NASCAR history. The other Racing Insider Tours provide similar tour information, behind-the-scenes access, and food. The Race View Parties are shown on the High Octane Screen, which seats 278 people, showing some of the more exciting and high-speed races and much more. The 64-foot-wide projection screen has full surround sound. Admission prices to see the Race View Parties are $10. The Glory Road, now in its third generation, features iconic cars and exciting tracks, including some legendary race cars.
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400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-654-4400
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More Ideas: The Duke Mansion
Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion is one of Charlotte’s Southern belles, offering luxurious accommodations, delicious cuisine, and unparalleled Southern hospitality.
Located on Hermitage Street in the heart of Charlotte, this historic landmark is home to 20 beautifully-appointed guest rooms with classic décor and conveniences, acres of pristine gardens and grounds and an array of facilities to enjoy, including complimentary gourmet breakfasts and stylish function spaces. The Mansion is a short walk away from one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods and the city center, which has delightful shops, boutiques, galleries and museums to explore.
The Duke Mansion has 20 beautifully appointed, individually decorated guest rooms and suites that combine Southern charm with modern comforts. Rooms and suite vary in size and layout, but all enjoy standard amenities, including flat-screen televisions with premium channels, DVD players, telephones with direct dial and voicemail services, work desks with chairs, comfortable reading chairs, individual climate control and complimentary wireless Internet. Additional guest services include a nightly turndown service, daily newspaper delivery and gourmet breakfast served in the dining room.
Standard Double, Queen, and King Rooms feature double, queen or king-size beds with goose down pillows and imported linens, spacious en-suite bathroom with showers, luxurious robes and luxe bath products and work desks with chairs. Amenities include flat-screen televisions with premium channels, DVD players, telephones with direct dial and voicemail services, work desks with chairs, comfortable reading chairs, individual climate control and complimentary wireless Internet.
Elegant and luxurious, the Dowd Suite features a king-size bed with goose down pillows and imported linens, a spacious en-suite bathroom with a Roman spa tub and a shower for two, and a shared sleeping porch. Amenities include flat-screen televisions with premium channels, DVD players, telephones with direct dial and voicemail services, work desks with chairs, comfortable reading chairs, individual climate control and complimentary wireless Internet.
Located on the second floor, the King Porch Room offers a lovely king-size bed with goose down pillows and imported linens, a spacious en-suite bathroom with a Roman spa tub and a shower for two, and a shared sleeping porch, while the King Rooms have private entrance halls and tree top views of the mansion. Amenities include flat-screen televisions with premium channels, DVD players, telephones with direct dial and voicemail services, work desks with chairs, comfortable reading chairs, individual climate control and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Duke Mansion serves a delicious home cooked breakfast for guests every morning, consisting of hot and cold choices, freshly brewed coffees and teas and fresh fruit juice.
While the Mansion does not have a restaurant, lunch, and dinner can be arranged on request, and there is room service available for wine, beer, and cocktails. The Duke Mansion is conveniently located within walking distance of a wealth of both casual and fine dining restaurants.
Amenities at The Duke Mansion include luxurious guest rooms, a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning, a business center with access to computers, and printing, faxing and copying services, a 24-hour reception, and service desk, and a well-stocked guest library. Additional facilities range from event and function spaces, accompanied by professional meeting and event planning staff, culinary team, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, and complimentary wireless Internet throughout the property.
Guests can stay fit in the Mansion’s fitness studio, which features a Stairmaster, a stationary bike, and a free weights section, or hit the streets for an exhilarating walk or jog through one of Charlotte's most beautiful neighborhoods.
The Duke Mansion has a variety of function spaces and event facilities to cater for special occasions from weddings and receptions to business conferences and meetings. The Mansion is only available for weddings on certain weekends throughout the year and offers an array of services, including customized menus, prepared and served by a professional culinary team, overnight accommodations for the bride and groom, beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for up to 150 guests and gorgeous gardens for photographic opportunities.
Functions spaces include The Levine Living Room, which is 1,460 square feet in size with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 750-square-foot glass Solarium. The Ray Dining Room is a flexible space that can cater for small to medium size groups, while the Dickson Conference Room is perfect for board meetings and planning sessions. The Lineberger Library is a cozy 350 square-foot room, which is a popular choice for private meetings or gatherings.
400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, NC 28207, Phone: 704-714-4400
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