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The Greater Charlotte Area

Charlotte, North Carolina is the largest metropolitan area in all of the Carolinas. Located on the border of North & South Carolina, in the area known as the "Piedmont", Charlotte enjoys four distinctive seasons and a relatively mild climate. The area is most notable for its breathtaking "Carolina Blue" sky.  Newcomers from more dreary, grey-sky areas, find the Charlotte sky a bright and welcoming change!


Although the Charlotte area would not be considered mountainous, it is not flat like the coastal regions of the Carolinas. Our terrain would best be described as slightly rolling and heavily wooded. The Charlotte area is a two-hour drive to the Scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, the towns of Asheville, Boone, and the Blue Ridge Parkway; and slightly more than three hours to the Atlantic Coast, including the South Carolina "low country" of Charleston, Myrtle Beach and North Carolina's Wilmington area.


The term "South Charlotte" is the common designation for the area inside the Charlotte city limits, from SouthPark, southward. References to South Charlotte typically also include the communities of Myers Park, Cotswold, Piper Glen Country Club, The Arboretum, Ballantyne, Blakeney and Matthews, as well as some of the northern areas of Union County.


Union County is home to the communities of Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin, Indian Trail, Monroe and Wesley Chapel. All of these South Charlotte and Union County communities offer "upscale" living, in close proximity of shopping and within an easy commute into the area's business centers. Typical commute times from Union County range from 25 - 30 minutes to the South Park area, to close to an hour's drive uptown.


The South Carolina communities of the region have, like Charlotte, seen significant growth over the past 10 years. Those areas include Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and Clover, SC, as well as the communities of Lake Wylie and Tega Cay. Many of these communities are near the shores of Lake Wylie, the Duke Energy lake on Charlotte's south side.


Overall, the areas to the south of Charlotte are newer and very upscale. Visitors frequently comment on the appearance of the South Charlotte area, noting its similarity to a well landscaped 'theme park'. It's not uncommon to hear a comment like, "I feel like we're inside a Disney complex", whilst driving in South Charlotte.


Click HERE to Visit the Convention & Visitor's Bureau's site

Learn more about the area by visiting the "Visit Charlotte" website, provided by the Charlotte Convention & Visitor's Bureau.



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