If you want to get out of Miami for a few days without having to spend all day traveling, check out Charlotte, North Carolina. The city has exciting roller coasters, educational museums and relaxing gardens, as well as plenty of popular sporting events. Affordable public transit to the airport and long-term parking make departing from Miami International Airport (MIA) easy. Once you ve boarded, you can fly from Miami to Charlotte in under three hours.
Discovery Place offers hands-on learning via its aquarium, rainforest and IMAX theater, while Bluementhal Performing Arts Center offers highly reviewed plays and Broadway productions. Carowinds Amusement Parks is a 398-acre amusement park that includes 20 acres of waterpark fun. After a day of wild rides, a visit to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens offers a relaxing stroll amid lush flowers while listening to the relaxing sounds of the location's many fountains.
Charlotte is a visitor-friendly city, and local taxi and shuttle service is readily available to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Charlotte can be warm in the summer, with highs near 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter lows can dip to freezing. Be sure to visit in May for the city s annual Speed Street Festival showcasing motorsports. In addition, the Charlotte Motor Speedway regularly hosts NASCAR and other events.
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