Around mid-January of each year, i.e. the time of Susan's BD, we usually do a 1-2 night overnight somewhere close (about 1-2 hour drive at most); of the half dozen places that we have used for years, Charlotte is an alternating option - now we travel to the Queen City for many other purposes and probably go there 3-4 times a year for various reasons and have done so for many years - SO, I'm rather surprised that there is no travelogue on Charlotte - time to start one - NOT sure how much I'll add but could easily go for MANY pages. This time we are in Charlotte for her BD and staying at the Westin Hotel near a lot of museums and also some restaurants that we've not tried - on the way down (just a 90 minute drive) we stopped at the Reed Gold Mine (2 upcoming posts), tomorrow we will visit a number of nearby museums (of the many in Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina), plan some fine dinners (another post), and on the way back home Thursday will visit the NC Music Hall of Fame (first visits to both the HOF & the Mine); also may stop at Childress Vineyards near Lexington for lunch and a wine tasting (possibly another post). NOW, this is only a brief start and if I decide to continue will recall dozens of previous trips to Charlotte over the years - just for a quick orientation map - we can drive to Charlotte (located near the SC border) either via I-40/I-77 or I-85, both about the same time as shown on the map below; decided on I-85 this time because of the visits mentioned above. Dave .