25 best things to do in CLT Charlotte (North Carolina), nicknamed the Queen City in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception, draws in its many tourists by showcasing the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which celebrates auto racing through interactive exhibit
Ride of a Lifetime: the 300 mile loop starting and ending at Waynesville, North Carolina, (“K” on the map) near Maggie Valley. This route takes you on some of the most beautiful, twisty roads in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, including the infamous Tail of the Dragon (300-curves in 11 miles) and Moonshiner 28.
Day 4 - Morehead City, NC Morehead City is a popular port along the Intracoastal Waterway and is always bustling with boat activity and excitement. There are plenty of interesting shops to browse in Morehead or you can tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, just across the Newport River. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing .
*NEW REPORT* See our updated list for 2016 at http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-north-carolina-2016/ An affordable cost of living, vibrant economic areas, and moderate climate are a few of the reasons two of North Carolina’s largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are expected to grow faster than any other U.S. cities of similar size over the next 15 years.