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Answer this1 AnswerGood choice that, North Carolina for adventure. Check out Asheville and the Smokies to its west, including a great 12-mile dayhike up Mt. Cammerer (more info on hiking and things to do in the Smokies at http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_national_park/tn/hi_smok.htm). In the same vicinity, you've also got the Nantahala Gorge, with some primo mountain biking and whitewater rafting (more ideas and info at http://vacation.away.com/north-carolina/travel-v2-cid9222-nantahala-national-forest-cid350266-active-and-adventure-vacations.html). Then there's the coast, too, especially the Outer Banks, which offers camping, surfing, kiteboarding, and scuba (more info at http://vacation.away.com/north-carolina/travel-v2-cid362308-outer-banks-cid350266-active-and-adventure-vacations.html). Outside magazine did a good road-trip feature on the Outer Banks, albeit several years ago, at http://away.com/outside/destinations/200307/200307_roadtrip_2.html. Hope this helps. Have a great trip
Answer this3 AnswersHi - we have lived outside of Charlotte for 2 years, and last year we purchased a season pass from Carowinds for the 1st time. It is a very good park to visit, and is comparable to other Paramount amusement parks. We have a 7 year old and a 3 year old, and there were plenty of rides to keep them busy. They also have a water park to cool off when you need a break, which is nice. The staff varies, so the service is adequate but nothing to brag about. But the rides are great! Tons of coasters, lots of games. You will need to spend the entire day to get your money's worth if you do not get a pass. Hope this helps - have a nice trip!
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The best hiking will require a longish drive west to Asheville and the Smoky Mountains, but Charlotte also has some good outdoors options on its doorstep. Two good local picks include 32,500-acre Lake Norman, 35 miles north of Charlotte on I-77, and Crowders Mountain State Park, 25 miles west on I-87.