38. Charlotte, NC
Why go: September through November is shoulder season in Charlotte, which means you’ll deal with fewer crowds and better hotel rates. Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center in September when the water is still warm, or take a quick day trip to Asheville to see the changing colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mid- to late-October’s crisp fall temps trigger the leaves to change.
Where to stay: The 217-room Kimpton Tryon Park is smack in the middle of Charlotte’s buzzy Uptown neighborhood. The hotel offers rooftop yoga classes, in-room fitness equipment, and access to Kimpton’s PUBLIC bikes for cruising around the city.
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