Get away to Charlotte! Enjoy the sports, theater, and entertainment.

Admire fast cars and fly down a roller coaster, see a falcon in flight and browse crafts that are thousands of years old. You’ll find it all in Charlotte, where the attractions range from fast-paced and adventure-filled to leisurely and cultural. It’s easy to enjoy all the city has to offer as there are blue skies and bright sunshine here for much of the year.

Charlotte was settled in 1755 and named after the wife of British King George III. “Queen City” was a sleepy place until 1799, when gold was struck and the discovery attracted fortune seekers. Today, Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city with one of the country’s most expansive banking districts.

The city is laid out in a grid system and getting around is easy. Use the light rail to hop between the main attractions, including museums and sporting events. Gold Rush trolley buses resemble historic streetcars and service the uptown area, the city’s cultural hub. In this district you’ll find the Mint Museum of Art, where imaginative jewelry and sculptures are among the highlights.

Experience Charlotte’s love for fast cars at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where top drivers hit speeds of close to 200 miles (320 kilometers) per hour. The NASCAR Hall of Fame has car exhibits, video games and racing memorabilia.

Thrill seekers can get their kicks at the Carowinds Theme Park with roller coasters, an Australian-themed water park and live entertainment. There’s also rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Charlotte offers many other family-oriented activities in the form of museums and gardens. Kids can learn about science in the interactive Discovery Place or get up-close to large predatory birds at the Carolina Raptor Center.

For a free attraction, visit the Billy Graham Library and learn about Charlotte’s famous TV evangelist. Admire orchids and other flowers on the South Carolina border in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

At night, join locals at the NC Music Factory just north of uptown. The entertainment district offers live music, bars and restaurants.

Known for

Sports, Live Music and Entertainment

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Where to stay in Charlotte

Charlotte Center City
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Charlotte Center City

Known for Sports, Entertainment, Theaters

4.5/5(1,634 reviews)

Ample dining options, fascinating museums, and great live music are just a few top things to explore in Charlotte Center City. A visit to EpiCentre or Spectrum Center might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Charlotte Transportation Center Station or 3rd St - Convention Center Station to get around town.

Ballantyne
Yummy fried egg!
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Ballantyne

Known for Dining, Golf, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(163 reviews)

Visitors highly recommend Ballantyne for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Reclining Bulls Statue while you're in town.

University Place
View from the 10th floor of UNC Charlotte’s library. Downtown Charlotte can be seen in the distance.
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University Place

Known for Sports, Universities, Basketball

4/5(837 reviews)

The abundant dining options and live music are top of the list for many visitors to University Place. A stop by UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens or Shoppes at University Place might round out your trip.

SouthPark
On a recent trip to Charlotte, we were turned on to this delicious spot by a member of our film crew.

Though almost every upscale sushi restaurant strives to be innovative, Baku really pulls it off. Unusual and exciting favors can be discovered in their unique signature rolls. The tuna tartare was a tasty surprise. 

Great selection of cocktails and sakes. Very professional, upscale service, cozy modern atmosphere. Highly recommended.

#Food #Delicious
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SouthPark

Known for Shopping, Dining, Live Music

4.5/5(183 reviews)

A noteworthy feature of SouthPark is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out SouthPark Mall and Phillips Place.

NoDa
NoDa Brewing Company which includes interior views and a bar as well as a small group of people

NoDa

If you're spending some time in NoDa, Historic Rosedale Plantation and NoDa Brewing Company are top sights worth seeing.

Myers Park
This is the bridge over to the island where the concert stage is
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Myers Park

Known for Universities, Gardens, Historical Buildings

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Unique features of Myers Park include the gardens and historic sites. Make a stop by Actor's Theatre of Charlotte or Charlotte Nature Museum while you're exploring the area.

Top Hotels in Charlotte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood
Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood
3 out of 5
7925 Forest Pine Drive, Charlotte, NC
¥8,601
per night
Oct 23 - Oct 24

Located in Arrowood, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Quail Hollow Club, and Carowinds Theme Park. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,773 reviews)

"Great potential, but poor maintenance and house keeping. The room is large, lots of features, good floor plan, but the housekeeping is poor: broken tiles, empty soap dispenser, used razor in bathroom, etc."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Omni Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
¥16,523
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Located in Charlotte Center City, this hotel is steps from EpiCentre and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Discovery Place is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Charlotte ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,948 reviews)

"Stayed here while in town visiting family. Everything justifies the 4.75 star rating. Will definitely stay here again at some point in the future."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Omni Charlotte Hotel
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
3 out of 5
7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC
¥8,704
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Arrowood, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Carowinds Theme Park, and SouthPark Mall. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,943 reviews)

"The room was very spacious but the bathroom is way too small. We could not open the bathroom door completely because it would get stuck to the toilet."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood

Popular things to do in Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4/5(508 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a top college in Charlotte. Experience the area's entertainment choices or attend a sporting event.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Charlotte Motor Speedway

4.5/5(514 reviews)

Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Concord. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its entertainment choices.

Charlotte Convention Center
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Charlotte Convention Center

4.5/5(339 reviews)

In downtown Charlotte check out trade shows, sporting events and conventions at this key venue that features grand ballrooms and dining areas.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
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NASCAR Hall of Fame

4.5/5(255 reviews)

Experience the roaring speed of a car race in a simulator, see historic muscle cars, and test out your mechanical skills in this place of honor for successful car racers.

Billy Graham Library
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Billy Graham Library

4.5/5(195 reviews)

The life of famous evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons touched millions through TV and radio, is illustrated in films and exhibits at this barn-like building.

Discovery Place
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Discovery Place

4.5/5(149 reviews)

This science museum gets young minds working with activities that range from designing an architectural wonder to watching a 3-D movie.

Top activities in Charlotte

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Charlotte, NC
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Charlotte, NC

¥2,168

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium

¥1,729

Prepare to enter a world full of sparkling scales, towering tentacles, super sharp shark teeth and all our fintastic creatures at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium.

Segway Tours of Charlotte
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Segway Tours of Charlotte

¥6,503

The 2-hour Markets, Museums & Parks Segway Tour is just what you need! This tour is a mixture of fun and history that will take you to see some of the best attractions this town has to offer! Whether you're a resident or a visitor come experience local and national favorites! During this 2-hour guided segway experience, you will have a chance to discover: The historic 4th Ward Victorian neighborhood hidden right within the Uptown area.

Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour
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Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour

¥4,336

Trolley Pub Charlotte operates BYOB, pedal-powered motor-assisted pub crawls on our giant party bikes in uptown Charlotte! Room for up to 14 people on each Trolley Pub, our tours are two hours long and you will see the best bars, pubs and breweries in town.

Operation City Quest of Charlotte, NC
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Operation City Quest of Charlotte, NC

¥1,084

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Wacky Walks of Charlotte, NC
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Wacky Walks of Charlotte, NC

¥1,084

Using your smartphone, you'll be given an app to download and a starting location. Once you arrive at the starting location, you'll send a text to check in and get your game setup on the app.

Reviews of Charlotte

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2417
5 - Excellent 44.8173558316336%
4 - Good
2229
4 - Good 41.3313554607825%
3 - Okay
634
3 - Okay 11.755979974040423%
2 - Disappointing
63
2 - Disappointing 1.1681809753384016%
1 - Terrible
50
1 - Terrible 0.9271277582050806%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

I came to Charlotte black girl craft convention at the Hilton university city.. of nstayed at Hampton due to closeness to airport and free breakfast and shuttle services to the airports

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Everything was well except my stay at this hotel...

5/5 - Excellent

Carolyn

Oct 21, 2019

Busy!! Pleasant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

We stayed in that hotel because we picked up family members at CLT too late at night to drive back to Southport.

5/5 - Excellent

Tammy

Oct 20, 2019

Not too bad for a growing city. What you would expect

5/5 - Excellent

Maison

Oct 20, 2019

LOVE IT

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