Destination guide

Charlotte’s cultural treasures

Charlotte has long been one of North Carolina’s most prosperous cities, thanks in large part to the number of prestigious multinational companies that have taken root there. The city also has an enviable reputation for sporting prowess, with the Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, and NASCAR Hall of Fame all established within its environs. In recent years, however, it’s the booming cultural scene that has driven demand for Charlotte vacation rentals. An assortment of museums and art galleries are found in the city, while the Carolina Renaissance Festival, held on weekends in October and November, is one of the largest and most popular of its kind.

Things to do

Artful Charlotte

The whimsical terracotta exterior of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on South Tryon Street is immediately arresting. Designed by the eminent architect Mario Botta, the building is itself a work of art, perfectly reflecting the masterpieces that it houses. Pieces by Warhol, Giacometti, and Miró, among countless other 20th century masters, take pride of place in the halls of this venerable institution, while photographs and letters illustrate the close relationship between the Bechtler family and many of the artists. The museum is open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays.

Activities

The adventure’s on in Charlotte

An enduring favorite of families and thrill-seekers, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers an unrivalled range of outdoor activities for holidaymakers. The facility boasts over 30 miles of trails, with kayaking, white-water rafting, paddleboarding, rock climbing, and zip lining all on the menu. Competitions are held throughout the year, giving you the chance to test your mettle in triathlons, ultra-marathons, and more. During the summer, you can relax at a River Jam concert. Held on Thursdays and Saturdays from May through September, with 9 additional festivals at regular intervals, these gatherings are a great way to chill out as your adventure winds down.

Weather

Sunshine over Charlotte

The Piedmont region’s humid subtropical climate promises hot, balmy summers that are perfect for sun-seekers. During this period, demand for Charlotte vacation rentals rises, so booking early is essential. Winter is short and generally cool, but the brave traveler will benefit from shorter queues at the city’s top cultural venues and a better chance of finding a good deal on a Charlotte vacation rental. Fall is typically the driest period of the year, so it’s also worth considering, especially for those looking to stroll through the area’s many parks as the leaves take on their autumnal hues.

Natural features

The tranquil side of Charlotte

North Carolina’s breathtaking natural beauty is on full display at the Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve, located around 30 minutes from most downtown Charlotte vacation rentals. This preserve is home to the Carolina Raptor Center, which boasts the largest eagle aviary in the Southeast, as well as many other birds of prey. You can also visit the Backyard Habitat Garden, where bird-feeding stations and butterfly gardens are always a hit with kids, or check out the 18 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails for some independent exploration.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Charlotte

Fly into Charlotte, NC (CLT-Charlotte-Douglas Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Concord, NC (USA-Concord Regional), which is 13.1 mi (21.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Charlotte Station. You can get around Charlotte by jumping on the metro at Charlotte Transportation Center Station, 3rd St - Convention Center Station or 7th St Station.

Where to stay around Charlotte?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 640 vacation rentals near Charlotte. From 300 Houses to 235 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Charlotte for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Charlotte?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Charlotte:

  • Steele Creek: 25 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte Center City: 146 vacation rentals
  • Cherry: 33 vacation rentals
  • Myers Park: 49 vacation rentals
  • Plaza Midwood: 49 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Charlotte?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Charlotte. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Carowinds Theme Park: 557 vacation rentals
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office: 578 vacation rentals
  • PNC Music Pavilion: 638 vacation rentals
  • Mint Museum Uptown: 619 vacation rentals
  • Billy Graham Library: 604 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Charlotte listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Charlotte?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 300 Houses in Charlotte. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Charlotte include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 235 rentals available
  • Cabins: 24 rentals available
  • Cottages: 24 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Charlotte?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 168 vacation rentals with pool available in Charlotte. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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