ONCE firmly in Atlanta’s shadow as the South’s urban gem, this former little textile town is now a first-rate metropolis. But growing up hasn’t stripped Charlotte of its warmth and Southern charm.
The Queen City, named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England, lives up to its royal moniker with a rich history, a flavorful culinary scene and regal Southern hospitality at every turn. Charlotte is a city on the move, and the growing number and diversity of attractions for every age has turned Charlotte from a pit stop into a destination.
From one-of-a-kind attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame to thrill-seeking adventures at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (home to the world’s largest man-made recirculating river and an Olympic training site), visitors are sure to discover that ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.’ Not to mention treasures like The Billy Graham Library that offers a look at the life of the beloved evangelist and the Levine Museum of the New South that provides the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern society.
For the culture connoisseurs, the Levine Center for the Arts, comprised of the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater, brings together natural space, innovative urban architecture and cultural masterpieces and offers an access pass to get admission to the three museums for 48 hours for just $20.
Options for families abound in Charlotte with popular attractions like Discovery Place, an interactive science and technology center where the natural world is brought to life through hands-on exhibits, explosive experiments and larger-than-life IMAX Dome films, and Carowinds amusement park, home of the world’s largest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325.
Charlotte also serves as the North Carolina hub for professional and amateur sports including NASCAR, the NFL, the NBA and more making the city a haven for the sports enthusiast.
And visitors can’t miss a pint of locally brewed craft beer from nearly two dozen craft breweries in the area like The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery or NoDa Brewing Company and some retail therapy at shopping destinations like Concord Mills, SouthPark Mall and Charlotte Premium Outlets.
Getting to the Queen City is easy with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport serving as a major hub for American Airlines and the sixth busiest airport in the nation. With so much to see and do in Charlotte, this New South city is too fascinating to be missed.