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Raleigh, NC, is mainly known for its “big little-city” vibe with a suburban feel. With museums, concerts, and shopping, Raleigh is best for a quick weekend but is worth a visit. Make sure to check out historic homes in the Oakwood neighborhood as well as the old graveyard. A fun tip is to taste the city’s signature cocktail the Cherry Bounce at a local bar. As far as where to stay, Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown or Best Western are great options but AirBnB could also be a reasonable and fun choice. And whatever you do, make sure to stay away during the hot summer months as temperatures can get up to 100 degrees.
A totally underrated tourist spot, Charlotte, NC, is a fun, hip, and young city best suited for active and nature-loving travelers. Tourists can check out the National Whitewater Center and raft the Catawba River as well as the Carowinds Theme Park and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Some great hotel options near the city center are Charlotte Marriott City Center, Omni Charlotte Hotel, and Hyatt House. And don’t worry about renting a car here – the Light Rail system is a quick and economical option for easily getting around.
A small college town, Greensboro, NC, is perfect for just a few short days to check out the local art scene. Elsewhere, once a small second hand store, is known for its contemporary and local art that no tourist should miss out on. In the evenings, Center City Park is a great spot to catch live music and movies. Greensboro also has plenty of great hotel options, such as the Proximity Hotel, Hyatt Place Greensboro, and Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons.
If you’re looking for a fun city with fantastic barbeque, Columbia, SC, is the perfect spot. In the Historic Vista District tourists will find fun shops and restaurants and visitors to the famous university will have fun participating in college activities. Other fun attractions include the South Carolina State Museum and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, or else a visit to the Sesquicentennial State Park. With festivals and great weather year-round, Columbia has plenty of hotel options to fit any traveler’s needs, such as Hilton Columbia Center and Clarion Hotel Downtown.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Bikers will find paradise on Hilton Head Island, SC, with its 25 bike routes and beautiful landscape. Right nearby is Daufuskie Island, a surprising trip to old times where tourists can visit plantations and Gullah, a small town of descendants of freed slaves with their own language. Travelers will also find horseback riding and zip lining among their choice of activities. Although there are many, many AirBnB listings on Hilton Head, some great traditional hotels include Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront and the Hilton Head Marriott Resort. A great tip to keep in mind is to visit Hilton Head during the winter months, when both tourist count and room rates are lower.
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