Do you remember the 1939 Hollywood film classic The Wizard Of Oz? It was based on the novel “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz“ by Lyman Frank Baum. (Let’s give the creative writer and original source some credit!) At the end of the story Dorothy – and Toto too! – learned a very valuable lesson: That everything she was looking for, could ever want, and would ever need – her heart’s desire – was to be easily found in her own back yard. “
The desire to travel – that universal longing to hit the highway, railway, or skyway, to go “On The Road,” down the tracks, or even “Over The Rainbow,” to get away and be in some other place for a while – is within each and every one of us. And that other place is usually far, far away and too often getting there is half the hassle instead of half the fun. So, before you make a reservation to take your next vacation trip to some far-off, distant land “looking for your heart’s desire”—or if you are looking for a new place to call home — you may want to consider Charlotte, and playing in your own backyard. “Because if it isn’t there,” said Dorothy “I never really lost it in the first place.”
Be Here Now
There are enough places to go, things to do, and people to see right here in our own North Carolina backyard to satisfy anybody’s sense of adventure. And they’re all accessible by car or even by foot! (Like Steven Wright said: “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”) And you won’t have to deal with any crabby apple trees, flying monkeys, wicked witches, or homeland security either!
With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just a two-hour drive to the north and Atlantic ocean beaches three hours south, Charlotte is the perfect place to be “stuck in the middle” with plenty to do! Here are just a few recommendations:
Carowinds has the most hair-raising rides, the wettest water park, the most sizzling stage shows, and so much more! Carowinds is 122 acres of ultimate entertainment that the entire family will enjoy.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Spectacular themed gardens, sparkling fountains and a nature walk are located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie. Plus there’s The Orchid Conservatory, the region’s only glasshouse dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoor recreation facility set on the banks of the Catawba River with more than 400 acres of woodlands to explore. Home to the world’s largest recirculation river, it features miles of biking, hiking, and running trails and one of the world’s largest outdoor climbing facilities.