Why Go To Charlotte
Tucked in the Piedmont region's sleepy rolling hills, this bustling metropolis is anything but a quiet Southern belle. Charlotte, North Carolina, explodes with growing businesses, burgeoning sports franchises and an evolving culinary scene. Though the Queen City is known for the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it's much more than a haven for those with a need for speed. Uptown Charlotte – be sure not to call it downtown – is crawling with suits and tourists, while art aficionados and culture hounds flood the Plaza Midwood and NoDa (or North Davidson) neighborhoods. Meanwhile, those in search of a pint of local beer won't want to miss South End, home to a handful of the city's top breweries.
This ever-expanding city has a knack for keeping an East Coast pace without stomping on its Southern roots; locals are dedicated to keeping classic Southern charm alive. The blending of these two personalities is engagingly energetic.
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Best Things To Do In Charlotte
You don't need to be a NASCAR aficionado to enjoy Charlotte's top to-dos; the Queen City is much more than its reputation for high-octane racing may let on. The Uptown district plays host to some of the city's most popular museums, including Discovery Place and the Mint Museum Uptown, along with some of the area's best restaurants. When you're ready to explore outside of Uptown take a spin through NoDa's (North Davidson) art displays. Sports fans have a crop of newly minted franchises to root for, including the NFL's Panthers, the NBA's Hornets and the AHL's Checkers. For some, a Charlotte visit feels incomplete without experiencing the fervor of NASCAR at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can't make it to Concord, North Carolina, for a race, stick around town and make a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame instead.
Charlotte Travel Tips
It still has that Southern charm - Although this city's big banking industry has drawn in plenty of Yankees, Charlotte's Southern hospitality roots are still well-preserved.
Leave your ripped jeans at home - Charlotte's residents tend to dress on the clean cut and conservative side so if you're trying to blend in, pack your khakis and penny loafers.
Have your own wheels - Charlotte is much easier to explore in a car. Plus, there are a few top attractions that sit beyond the city's borders.
Check the tourism site for deals - Visit Charlotte offers discounts and deals on everything from attractions to hotels on its website.
Plan a spring or fall visit - Summer is hot and busy in the Queen City and as such, hotel rates are at their highest. You can plan a more wallet-friendly trip in spring or fall.
Avoid a mid-week stay - Charlotte's hotels are full of business travelers during the week; you'll find better deals and empty rooms on the weekends.