North Carolina Exploration for Dummies
February 9, 2012 8:38 AM Subscribe
Places to stay and things to do with two small children near Raleigh, NC.
posted by takoukla to travel & transportation around North Carolina (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My husband and I (late 20's) are headed with our two kids (3 and infant...) to Charlotte, NC for a week in May, Wesnesday to Wednesday, for the wedding of a friend. We are planning on flying into Raleigh-Durham from Boston because it's cheaper than flying into Charlotte and we will be visiting my husband's family in southern VA for the second half of the trip. Essentially, we're flying into a central location that's three hours away from both the wedding and family.
I've never atayed in either Charlotte or Raleigh so I'm not sure how friendly they are to exploring and which would be a better place to spend some time. We really enjoy going to new places and just walking around town, looking at shops and taking in the local vibe, usually with both kids in backpack type setups. We like museums, historical parks and sights, parks in general, really anything cheap and fun to see or do that is kid-friendly, but not necessarily something the kids, themselves, have to be totally engaged in. In other words, no concerts or really fancy restaurants, that sort of thing. We are open to public transportation, but we will have a car as well.
So. Out of Raleigh and Charlotte, which might be a more explorer friendly place to stay for a couple of days, and what are some of the most interesting things to do and see at either? Any recs for inexpensive but not dumpy places to stay? My husband and I explored D.C. last summer and we used an old askme thread as our guide to a place to stay and stuff to do and it was the best vacation we've taken yet, so I'm hoping all you awesome people can give us some good ideas to make this summer equally awesome. Thanks in advance!