Southern Blossoms

Much of Charlotte’s timeless charm comes from its Southern roots and natural beauty. Discover Crowders Mountain State Park, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.


Photography by Cody Hughes
Hike Crowders Mountain State Park

Spend the morning breathing in fresh air and soaking up sunshine. Crowders Mountain State Park in nearby Kings Mountain, North Carolina, offers picturesque 25-mile views of the surrounding Piedmont, including a peek at the Charlotte skyline and 11 nature-filled trails. Meanwhile, a serene 9-acre lake calls for renting a canoe or casting a line.


Lunch at Nellie's Southern Kitchen

Indulge in down-home cooking at Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, where Kevin Jonas, father of pop-stars the Jonas Brothers, celebrates great music and delicious food.

Tour Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Stroll through the tranquil grounds of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, South Carolina.


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River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center

As the sun sets, soak up the live music of the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s free River Jam Outdoor Concert Series. The center’s very own amphitheater features a stage where local and national acts entertain.