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The Best Day Trips for Older Adults Around Charlotte

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly which senior activities in Charlotte, NC are the biggest draw. It really depends on who you ask. Foodies love the vibrant and sophisticated culinary choices. Music buffs can’t get enough of the world-class music scene. Nature lovers revel in four seasons of gorgeous weather.

And of course, two premier healthcare networks, the flat income tax rate of 5.2% and tax-exempt social security benefits are in every senior plus column. The icing on the Krispy Kreme.

As if all the things to do for seniors in Charlotte aren’t enough of an attraction, the Queen City is perfectly situated for adventure just beyond its borders. Check out these day trips from Charlotte. Spectacular scenery, food, and experiences are just a short car ride away.

Lake Lure

Hop in the car and in under two hours you will enter a world of beauty and tranquility at Lake Lure. Enjoy hiking and boating, or just relax and enjoy a scenic respite from the city. Fun fact: Lake Lure is the backdrop for many scenes in Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts active adults in the corner!


Asheville is a day trip with a little something for everyone. From spectacular mountain vistas to live music, to locally produced craft beer, to outdoor adventures, Asheville checks all the boxes for a great outing. Don’t forget to check out the Biltmore Estate before spending a few minutes relaxing in Pack Square Park.

Uwharrie National Forest

Fans of outdoor recreation will consider a day trip to Uwharrie National Forest a must-do. With over 50,000 acres of magnificent forest land, Uwharrie offers every outdoor recreational opportunity you can imagine. Enjoy an unforgettable day pursuing your favorite outdoor activity in an environment of unmatched beauty and splendor.



Easily accessible from Charlotte, Greensboro is a day trip destination with much to recommend it. Explore the International Civil Rights Museum, the nearby Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and discover the Bog Garden, a wetlands area with flowers, birds, and an elevated boardwalk.  Your grandkids will love the Greensboro Science Center, home to red pandas, sharks, and a hands-on museum. And don’t tell them, but it will be just as much fun without them!


Tweetsie Railroad and Boone

For the young – and young at heart – a day at the Tweetsie Railroad is just what the prospector ordered. Step back into the gold rush days as you enjoy amusement park rides, a historic steam train, and hands-on wild west experiences. On the way home, stop in scenic Boone and kick back on an inflatable tube ride down the river. If there is still time, check out the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spend the day communing with nature in the Great Smoky Mountains, a breathtaking landscape that has inspired countless artists, authors, and musicians throughout history. There are dozens of hiking trails to accommodate every fitness level. Enjoy 520,000 acres of Mother Nature’s finest work.

Just think. If you lived at Overture Cotswald or Overture Providence, Overture’s premier active adult communities in Charlotte, all of these day trips from Charlotte would be within reach. Get in touch to arrange a tour. It’s time to get this active adult adventure started!