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.\nIf 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.\nThese 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.\nPublic Art Walking Tour\nAddress: Downloadable map\nWhy 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. \n View this post on Instagram Looking for take out with a view? Check out the link in bio for a list of some of Charlotte's amazing murals, with take out suggestions along the way. . . . #uptown #uptownclt #charlotte #charlottenc #charlottesgotalot #cltmurals #cltarts A post shared by Uptown Charlotte (@uptown.clt) on May 12, 2020 at 4:30am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nReed Gold Mine \nAddress: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Midland, NC\nWhy 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. \n View this post on Instagram Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson • • • This year, my path changed and lead me to a new school with 5 concentrations. Yesterday, I turned 20 and today Chase took me on an adventure. My path has changed over the past years, but God has been with me on each new trail I take. Here’s to the next 20 years. A post shared by Kayla Surratt (@_kaylasurratt_) on May 8, 2018 at 11:46am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Billy Graham Library\nAddress: 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC \nWhy You Need To Go: This property is 40,000-square-feet and you'll learn all about Billy Graham's life and legacy. \n View this post on Instagram Easter looks a bit different this year, but the good news is the same! HE has RISEN! Just like he said.” -Matthew 28:6 ✝️ A post shared by Shawna Baker (@lifeingripsocks) on Apr 12, 2020 at 4:23am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nCharlotte Douglas International Airport Overlook\nAddress: 7300 Airport Overlook Dr., Charlotte, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: You can sit in a huge grassy area to view planes from the Charlotte Douglas Airport take-off and land. \n View this post on Instagram Airplane pt.2 A post shared by |ເຄເລີນ ມູນມະນີວົງ|🇱🇦🇹🇭🇻🇳🇨🇳| (@kaylin.mounmanivong) on Oct 21, 2018 at 12:49pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nUNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens\nAddress: 9090 Craver Rd., Charlotte, NC \nWhy You Need To Go: Take a solo tour around the gardens to see 10-acres of flowers, sculptures and even a dinosaur garden. \n View this post on Instagram and it was all yellow 💛 A post shared by 𝐚 𝐝 𝐫 𝐢 𝐛 𝐚 𝐝 𝐢 𝐥 𝐥 𝐨 (@adribadillo) on Nov 17, 2018 at 3:57pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nGold Hill Rail Trail \nAddress: 2439 St. Stephens Church Rd., Gold Hill, NC\nWhy 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. \n View this post on Instagram On location for @yourrowan today! My upcoming blog will highlight Gold Hill Mines Historic Park and another park here in RoCo. This hidden gem of @visitrowancountync is like stepping back in time. I’ll update when the blog goes live! #YourRowan #ItsaRoCoThing #wanderingNC #visitrowancounty #rowancountync #goldhillnc #exploreNC #exploreNCoutdoors #smalltown #historic #goldhillrailtrail #carolinathreadtrail A post shared by Ashley D. (@wandering_nc) on Mar 2, 2019 at 1:02pm PST\n\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.