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Whether you love it, hate it OR secretly love it, secretly hate it OR if it's even on the air when this list reaches you OR if you are completely oblivious to the whole show, one thing is for certain - the film location of The CW Network's teen powerhouse One Tree Hill is well worth the 2 hour drive from Charlotte to a charming little town called Wilmington. Fans of the show will be beyond elated to see their favorite spots where the likes of Lucas and Peyton shared one of their many kisses (or spats), where Dan Scott plotted his schemes or to shoot hoops at the famed Rivercourt where Nathan pondered the turmoils of his adolescence. For the rest, Wilmington provides for the perfect North Carolina vacation setting complete with quintessentially quaint accommodations, dining, shopping, and inspiring scenery to soothe the senses.

Extra Note: NBA great Michael Jordon grew up and started his highschool basketball career in Wilmington, NC. MJ fans will find plenty to admire in this town as well. 

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Wilmington "One Tree Hill" North Carolina

 

The Rivercourt: The Rivercourt is the most iconic location of One Tree Hill as well as the most recognized. Fellow fans will be green with envy to see you standing in the place where it all began and where the tales of OTH continue to develop. The Rivercourt is located at 1 Battleship Road across the river from downtown Wilmington's riverfront area, beside the USS North Carolina Battleship.

 

                                      River Court photo courtesy of WilmingtonDowntown.Com

 

6th Street Bridge: This is the bridge found in the opening scene and a great place to take a photo of yourself walking off into the sunset while seemingly pondering your life. It is located just past Red Cross Street on North 6th & Hanover Street.

 

Lucas's childhood home: 1829 Wrightsville Avenue. Don't go a knockin', but take photos from across the street if you like (within reasonable hours of the day).

 

Brooke's childhood home: 2314 Tattersalls Drive. Spoiled little rich girl turned woman with a big heart turned Clothes Over Bro's owner with a life full of complications, this house was the site of many a OTH parties and front lawn drama.

 

Dan & Deb's House: Troubled Nathan braved his adolescence within these walls. The home is a private residence and located on the left of Country Club Road.

 

The Scott Beachhouse: The Scott family beachhouse is located on Pleasure Island at Carolina Beach, on the main road. It is also a private residence but the surroundings make for the perfect day at the page. Stay and enjoy your own fun.

 

Dan Scott Motors: Located on Market Street.

 

Keith Scott's Body Shop: Ill fated Keith Scott's place of business is in full operation under the name Performance Imports. The poor guys have to deal with an influx of pre-teens visitors all the time so be cordial and they'll let you take plenty of photos as long as you don't get in the way (knocking over oil cans is NOT cool). Located at 19 Covil Avenue, off Market Street behind the car dealership.

 

Karen's Cafe: Port City Java in Wilmington served as the site to Karen's Cafe but has since moved to the corner of Front & Grace Streets. The original location is found at 300 N. Front Street, standing as Karen's Cafe where an appreciation notice by the WB Network hangs on the “prop” front door.

 

TRIC Nightclub: Located on the corner of Front St. & Marsteller St.

 

Tree Hill High: The exterior of the location is in fact Cape Fear Community College which means you can actually browse the campus without getting tossed by school security (as with most high schools). Cape Fear Community College is located on the corner of Red Cross & 2nd Streets.

 

The Riverwalk: This location is actually called "The Riverfront" Cape Fear River and is found fronting the Federal Courthouse along Water Street.

 

Clothes Over Bro's retail store: 272 North Front Street

 

An official ONE TREE HILL TOUR is available at Wilmington's own Screen Gems Studios at 1223 North 23rd Street. Reservations can be made by contacting (910) 343-3433 OR by email at tours@screengemsstudios.com


Best Day Trip From Charlotte - Myrtle Beach

One of Carolinas' most endearing qualities is it's magnificent coastline. If spending anything more than 5 days in Charlotte be sure to take the 3.5 hour drive to Myrtle Beach and spend the day (and overnight stay if possible) to shop, dine, and play along one of the most beautiful Atlantic facing shores in North America.

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MYRTLE BEACH - SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Myrtle Beach - Photo courtesy of Seaside Rentals

 

SHOPPING

 

Barefoot Landing Myrtle Beach

 

Shopping in Myrtle Beach is so much more than quaint ocean side gift shops selling seashell souvenirs. Myrtle Beach is in fact home to some world class shopping that includes full scale shopping malls, factory outlets, markets, boutique stores, and yes...quaint ocean side gift shops selling seashell souvenirs for those so inclined. Coastal Grand Mall is a grand retail highlight for those that came to Myrtle Beach for more than sand and Barefoot Landing is more on the charming end of the spectrum with more unique specialty stores that accent the region such as Ron Jon Surf Shop, the Barefoot General Store and other establishments that range from vintage goods to art galleries.

 

NIGHTLIFE

 

Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville Myrtle Beach

  

As with many popular beach towns, the after sunset vibe in Myrtle Beach is about as fun as the day time festivities, minus the minors which makes it all that more appealing to many. Nightclubs, bars, pubs, beach clubs and lounges line the ocean front of Myrtle Beach and offer something for everyone. Whether your taste is live music, Top 40, swing or even disco throwback tunes, you'll be able to put your dancing shoes (or flip flops) to good use. For those that simply want to swap stories with new found friends there are plenty of salty old watering holes to satisfy aficionados of bar stool conversation. You can't go wrong with a visit to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and be sure to check the schedule at House of Blues to see who’s in town to perform. Otherwise a stroll along this Grand Strand centerpoint will have you wandering into at least one venue that will keep you enthralled until last call.

 

DINING

 

One can only imagine the fresh seafood selection found at eateries in Myrtle Beach with the Atlantic Ocean serving as it's direct supplier. The historic and award winning Sea Captain's House on North Ocean Boulevard is a must visit for those with an appetite for fine dining with seafood flare. For those that want to dive in head first, crack some crab legs and not look up until their bellies are full, aptly named Seafood World (and steak!) is sure to satisfy.

 

Almost every other international cuisine is represented in Myrtle Beach, from Asian to Irish to Thai, in addition to traditional North American fast foods and snack stands so no need to pack a lunch when on a day drip. No full day experience is complete without a trip (or several) to one of Myrtle Beach's many coffee shops but the absolute MUST visit is the famous and downright wonderfully ridiculous KISS Coffee House - a coffee joint themed after the 1970's pop rock icon band KISS (right down to Ace Frehly costumed baristas!).

 

FAMILY

 

Wonderworks Myrtle Beach

 

You can dedicate a whole website to the family fun activities found in Myrtle Beach so we'll just name a few key attractions outside of numero uno - the Atlantic Ocean - to keep your multi-generational unit well occupied. Wonderworks, an interactive exhibition center, is the most noticeable (and most photographed) family attraction in Myrtle Beach due to the fact that it's the only completely upside down (but fully intact) building pretty much anyone has seen. Even the surrounding palm trees roots point towards the sky. Family Kingdom is Myrtle Beach's only seaside amusement park and thus very popular with visitors and the new oceanfront boardwalk landmark SkyWheel Ferris Wheel extends 200 feet into the air daring those without an aversion to heights to test their grit. Be sure to venture over to Ripley's (as in "Believe It Or Not") Aquarium, but only AFTER you've completed your time swimming in the nearby Atlantic due to the fact that their shark exhibit will most likely kick you out of the ocean faster than your first screening of Jaws.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

While Myrtle Beach as a whole offers endless activities the focus of this "day trip" leans more to chasing an endless summer or sorts. It's all about the beach in this city by the sea, and it is the hub of the 60 mile Grand Strand running along the coast of South Carolina. Fishing is king at Myrtle Beach, with 8 piers in the area, spreading out the crowd of line casters and leaving enough room, and fish, for everyone on the hunt. For those looking to head further out into the Atlantic for their catch there are plenty of deep sea charter services available such as Captain Dick's located in Crazy Sister Marina which also offers a boatload of other water sport and activity rentals such as jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and dolphin watch tours to name a few. Everything else ocean activity related can be found within a few sandy steps from the shore. Myrtle Beach is a Mecca for surfing, windsurfing, skimboarding, scuba, boating and everything else you can pack into this beach front property.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

There are vacation rentals, high-end resorts and midrange hotels and classic beach side motels in Myrtle Beach, something to accommodate every budget and preference. Our picks for each include Seaside Rentals Premium Vacation Homes (rental), Anderson Ocean Club & Spa (resort), the Aqua Beach Inn (hotel), and the Bar Harbor Motor Inn.


Race Car Enthusiast Heaven! - NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Fast and flashy cars are a guilty pleasure for boys, girls, men and women alike these days and the drivers that brave the metal carnage that comes along with racing superior automotive machinery in the search for glory have quickly become icons in the world of motor sports. Even novice observers and those that not bothering to look twice when a race is on the tube are immediately converted to fans upon attending their first NASCAR event, so trust us when we tell you that visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame if worth the price of admission when in Charlotte.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame

400 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Charlotte, NC

 

With over 50 exhibits, 31 cars, and nearly 1000 artifacts on this four floored site there is something to fascinate everyone. Never has a Tire Change Station become so appealing when you witness the speed and precision that it takes to change a tire fast enough to get a driver back in the race before a lap has passed. You'll wish you had your own pit crew tucked into the trunk of your own car when taking the family on a road trip. The Racing Simulators (actual and qualifying) are a favorite of pretty much anyone attending the Hall and the Kobalt Kid Zone was made for the kids and the kids inside of us all. We dare you to watch a child partake in the interative Call A Race and not want to get in on the action yourself. History buffs will be thrilled to learn that not only does the NASCAR Hall of Fame account for all of the major events and drivers since its inception in 1947, the facility is also home to interesting artifacts and worthy tales from decades before leaving visitors with anecdotes to share for years to come. Hear legends tell stories of moonshine running at Junior Johnson's Moonshine Still and poke your head in the windows of 18 historic cars of Sunoco Glory Road.

 

Without question the NASCAR Hall of Fame is for far more than just the gearheads (and may turn you into one) and will have you running laps around this 150,000 square foot exhibition center in an effort to soak it all in before the doors close at the day's end.