NASCAR fans and those who crave southern hospitality head to Charlotte, North Carolina, every year. One thing likely on your mind is which RV class or size is right for you.
When you book a pop-up camper rental in Charlotte, you get a small camper that you can set up in minutes and tow behind almost any vehicle. Other towable options include larger travel trailers, such as toy haulers and fifth wheels.
For motorhomes, you can choose from Class A, B or C vehicles. Class A and Class C motorhomes are the larger options. Also called a campervan, a Class B vehicle is smaller and would be perfect for a traveling couple.
Fans of NASCAR often pick the Camping World Racing Resort as the city's best campground. Located just a short walk from the track, it lets you hear the action of the cars before you get to your seats. Each spot comes with a paved area for your RV as well as a fire pit and picnic table. You'll also find a playground for kids and Wi-Fi access.
Other local campgrounds also cater to those with an RV rental in Charlotte. They include Midway Campground and RV Resort and Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort. Called one of the best Charlotte campgrounds, Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort provides easy access to the Carowinds Amusement Park.
When you want to get away from the crowds in the big city, you can escape to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Depending on the traffic, it typically takes less than four hours to reach the park via major highways.
When you choose motorhome rentals in Charlotte, you can stay directly in the park in one of the local campgrounds. Some of these campgrounds offer sites with full hookups while others offer limited amenities.
There are also state parks in North Carolina that offer fun activities, including Mount Mitchell State Park and Hanging Rock State Park. You can also visit Carolina Beach State Park to enjoy swimming and other activities in and on the water. And you can't miss Lake Norman State Park while you're in Charlotte. Visitors are drawn to this park for its water-based activities like swimming, boating, and fishing, while others enjoy hiking and biking through 37 miles of trails that wind through the forests near Lake Norman. During the year, the park also hosts nature programs and exhibits, including star gazing, guided trail hikes, and lessons on the park’s diverse plant and animal life.
Frequent visitors to Charlotte have the option of leaving their vehicles in storage facilities and picking up their RVs when they arrive in town. The top storage facilities offer access only to owners and those who have the code that opens the gate. They also let you choose between keeping your RV outside and storing it indoors.
With so many campgrounds in the area, it's not surprising that Charlotte is home to dumpstations, including the one at Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort. This resort is open year-round and allows guests to dump their tanks for free, though you'll pay a fee if you're not a guest.
Another station is available at the McDowell Nature Preserve Campground. You can only use this station if you register as a guest, but the campground is open year-round and offers free water for rinsing.
Whether it's spring break, summer vacation or you're thinking of spending the holidays in the sun, you owe it to yourself and your family to start planning your RV trip. During your visit, you can also head to Mooresville and see some of the race teams that live in the area. Many of those team's shops are open to the public. Get help planning your trip to Charlotte with the RVshare trip planner.
With a Charlotte RV rental, you can hit the city just in time for an annual event such as the Carolina Renaissance Festival or the CIAA Basketball Tournament. Some of the area's top museums include the Levine Museum of the New South, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Wells Fargo History Museum and Mint Museum.
Several parking garages in Uptown make it easy for you to park your RV before visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame or some of the restaurants in the area. RV travelers can also visit the Concord Mills Mall in nearby Concord, North Carolina.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the top sports venues in North Carolina. Located in Charlotte, it is home to two major NASCAR races each year. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is in Uptown, which is also home to Whisky River, a bar and nightclub owned by former racer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Several professional sports teams play in Charlotte, too. They include the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets. The Panthers compete in the NFL and play at the Bank of America Stadium while the Hornets compete in the NBA and play at the Spectrum Center.
Interstate 85 is one of the main highways near Charlotte. It runs directly through the center of the city and crosses the path of Interstate 77. These two highways also provide access to the Rust Belt, which refers to cities and towns across the south.
Construction on Interstate 485 ended in 2015 and now lets you drive around the city rather than through it. Visitors with camper rentals in Charlotte can also use Interstate 277 to loop around the city.