Queen City has so much more to offer than just bars and incredible restaurants. There are many hidden gems, hiking trails and museums that reel in visitors and residents every single year. There's even a list of free things to do in Charlotte that are exciting, informational and even one-of-a-kind you can't experience anywhere else. 

If you live in the surrounding states of Georgia, Tennessee or South Carolina, Charlotte is easily a quick day trip to travel to if you just want to get away for a few hours. 

These seven spots might be great to check out to take a step back from reality and have a relaxing weekend. Whether you want to experience it with your BFF or boo thing, these places could be good spots to start.  

Public Art Walking Tour

Address: Downloadable map

Why You Need To Go: You can download a free 45-minute podcast that takes you around Uptown Charlotte to show its unique art and history.

Reed Gold Mine 

Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Midland, NC

Why You Need To Go: Touring the first spot gold was found in the U.S. is free and there's a small charge if you want to pan for gold yourself.

The Billy Graham Library

Address: 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC

Why You Need To Go: This property is 40,000-square-feet and you'll learn all about Billy Graham's life and legacy.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Overlook

Address: 7300 Airport Overlook Dr., Charlotte, NC

Why You Need To Go: You can sit in a huge grassy area to view planes from the Charlotte Douglas Airport take-off and land.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Address: 9090 Craver Rd., Charlotte, NC

Why You Need To Go: Take a solo tour around the gardens to see 10-acres of flowers, sculptures and even a dinosaur garden.

Gold Hill Rail Trail 

Address: 2439 St. Stephens Church Rd., Gold Hill, NC

Why You Need To Go: This trail will take you to many old ruins and structures. It'll feel like you took a step back in time.

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