When one envisions the South, thoughts of flowers and gardens immediately come to mind. Satisfying that sensibility is what North Carolina had in mind when the state developed the Heritage Garden program. Featuring gardens of all types, the program takes visitors through large, small, formal, wild and spectacular gardens throughout North Carolina.
Charlotte's heritage gardens and botanical assets are rich and varied. From the world-class Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the research and natural environment of the botanical Forest of the University of North Carolina, to smaller elegant, rose and sculpture gardens; exploring the region's serene gardens will further deepen respect for natural beauty. Each location is unique and distinctive.
If your only interest is a stroll along a woodland trail, there are plenty of options to choose from there too. Throw in a bird sanctuary and a historical farm setting and you have what amounts to a horticulturist's paradise filled with secluded spots that soothe the soul and nature's handiwork to tickle your senses.
You'll be touching down in Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina. The vibrancy of the city, which epitomizes the New South, masks its age-old roots. Named after the wife of King George in 1768, Charlotte is still referred to as the "Queen City." Discovery of a 17-pound gold nugget in 1799 for ever changed the settlement and putting the city on its path to a major financial center. When the prospectors and miners moved on, textiles, railroads and bankers took their place, civilizing the city into the merchant community that it is today.
In Charlotte, you'll discover the amenities of a large, cosmopolitan city, combined with the "southern touch." You can dine in world class restaurants, outdoor cafes or in gourmet locations, shop in antique stores, signature stores, interesting boutiques and upscale malls. History ranges all the way from Revolutionary War battlefields to antique car museums. And the gardens, the gardens, thrive in the lush southern climate. None beat the Daniel Stowe.
You can explore the heart of the downtown banking centre, tony South Park, and the quiet Carolina countryside. In many locations walking tours introduce you to the area up close and personal.