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CharlotteUnited States of America

North Carolina’s largest city reigns supreme for its combination of car racing, big business, extreme sports, theme parks and museums.

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.

Where to stay in Charlotte

Charlotte Center City showing outdoor art and modern architecture

Charlotte Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,123 area reviews)

Abundant dining options, interesting museums and 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.

Charlotte Center City
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

SouthPark

4.5/5Wonderful!(219 area 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.

SouthPark
Yummy fried egg!

Ballantyne

4.5/5Wonderful!(199 area reviews)

Ballantyne is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Reclining Bulls Statue, a top attraction in the neighborhood.

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

University Place

4/5Very Good!(974 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in University Place. You can visit top attractions like UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and Shoppes at University Place, and jump on the metro at JW Clay Boulevard /UNC Charlotte Station or UNC Charlotte - Main Station to see more of the city.

University Place
Charlotte showing a house

Fourth Ward

2/5(1 area review)

Fourth Ward is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Fillmore Charlotte or North Carolina Music Factory.

Fourth Ward
1,116 acres with 7 miles of trails. Family oriented with picnic areas and camping. A great place to get outside and move a little bit!

Steele Creek

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

While visiting Steele Creek, you might make a stop by sights like Lake Wylie and McDowell Nature Center and Preserve.

Steele Creek

Top Hotels in Charlotte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
3 out of 5
7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC
The price is ¥8,616 per night

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,004 reviews)

"Nice spacious and clean room. Very comfortable and good location."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Omni Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
The price is ¥18,130 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,167 reviews)

"Overall the property is very clean. I rented a king suite. They have take extra precautions with cleaning due to COVID. We did have an issue of the air conditioning not working in the suite. I notified the front desk and had someone there within 10min to work on both air units. The building next ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Omni Charlotte Hotel
Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd
Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd
3 out of 5
2950 Oak Lake Blvd, Charlotte, NC
The price is ¥9,939 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Renaissance Park and United States ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,234 reviews)

"Beautiful room and the lobby area is very nice. A bit confusing having two different hotels with the same name, almost caught the wrong airport shuttle."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

Popular places to visit in Charlotte

Lake Norman
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Lake Norman

4/5(481 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Norman, a popular spot to commune with nature in Charlotte. Stroll along the lakeside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Spectrum Center
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Spectrum Center

4.5/5(1,008 reviews)

Catch an event at Spectrum Center during your trip to Charlotte. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Bank of America Stadium
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Bank of America Stadium

4.5/5(815 reviews)

Catch an event at Bank of America Stadium during your trip to Charlotte. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Charlotte Convention Center
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Charlotte Convention Center

4.5/5(424 reviews)

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

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

4/5(563 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a top university in Charlotte. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Charlotte Motor Speedway

4.5/5(591 reviews)

Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Concord. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Charlotte

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina

¥1,073
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of North Carolina
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of North Carolina

¥1,073
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of North Carolina
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of North Carolina

¥1,095
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina

¥2,146
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

¥7,507
Per adult
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
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Charlotte's Historical City Tour

¥4,102
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Charlotte

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great, progressive city with very clean streets. People were friendly and helpful! Will definitely be returning for another visit!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Overall love the city of Charlotte it’s always a blast when I’m here never disappointed

4/5 - Good

Eva

May 30, 2020

Nice place to visits , just have to find the right places to go and or hotel to stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

I love Charlotte; a very clean environment with a lot to do and explore!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

Here for work it was raining the whole time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

I love Charlotte

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