Charlotte’s Best Excursions
Most Picturesque Place for a Sunday Drive: There is a reason that the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is called “America’s favorite drive”: The scenery between the Shenandoah Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains is among the most beautiful in the nation.
Best Place to Find Fine Art: Celebrated North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake has assembled a collection of prints, lithographs, and original works depicting life in North Carolina at the Bob Timberlake Gallery.
Best Place to Find Cookware and Kitsch: The Mast General Store was founded in 1883 and still acts as a supermarket, hardware store, clothing shop, and community gathering spot for locals. The historic store carries everything from cookware and cookie mix to bolts and rocking chairs.
Best Place to Board a Battleship: Heralded for its successes in World War II battles, the 45,000-ton warship, Battleship North Carolina, now serves as a museum and a tribute to the North Carolina soldiers who died during the war.
Best Place to Spot a Celebrity: More than 350 movies and TV shows have been shot on the studio lot at EUE Screen Gems Studios, making it the biggest production facility outside of California. Look for celebrities while you’re on the studio tour.
© Jodi Helmer from Moon Charlotte, 1st Edition