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Charlotte will surprise you. Sure, it’s a big city with big skyscrapers and a business-like downtown section. (Bank of America, Lowes and Duke Energy have headquarters there.) But look and you’ll begin to notice something you don’t see in lots of other big cities: trees. Lots of green flora amidst the grey granite. That’s one thing that makes Charlotte different. Charlotte has lots of interesting one-of-kind experiences to offer. After all, you wouldn’t expect “The Queen City” to be or look dull, drab or boring.
Sure the most famous racetrack might be in Daytona, but you’ll find the “Glory Road” here. Next door to the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s bold building design is very reminiscent of the shape of a racetrack. Inside, awaits an 86,000-square-foot celebration of speed.
It’s more than a staid, walk-through museum. You can create your own driver ID card, simulate the racetrack experience and walk the “Glory Road” of past famous NASCAR winners. You won’t need earplugs or a helmet, but remember NASCAR does stand for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Vrooom!
Get wet and wild. You can sample Class IV rapids at this official training center. Or just watch the pros go at it. Or maybe you’d rather have a few calmer moments in a canoe or kayak? It’s your choice. World-class whitewater athletes come to train at this facility. Or just people who want to have some active fun. The Center is actually open all year long and the water is flowing whenever you show up and get your gear on.
Started in 2001, the Center currently offers 30 different recreational activities over their 1,300 protected-acre site straddling the Catawba River. If you’re not a water person, you can explore over 50 miles of trails. Hiking, biking, come prepared to be active.
If you need a break from the tire screeches and chilly whitewater, Charlotte seems to offer the perfect weather that gardeners, and gardens, truly love. Everything looks in blossom everywhere you go. There’s the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, McGill Rose Garden, and the Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary.
During warm weather months, you can catch free live music concerts at the Romare Bearden Park, named for the African American artist and writer who lived in Charlotte.
Everyone has their favorite flavor, but you’re in North Carolina and the sauce is a little different here. You might find your best version with a hint of Cuban or Vietnamese flavor (Soul Gastrolounge or Salud Tapas), or straight up soul-food style at Nana’s. Not to mention one of the regularly listed “Best Fried Chicken in America” places at cash-only Price’s.
Every part of town offers a wide selection of tasty, innovative dining choices. From downtown (called “Uptown” by the locals) in stylish hotel respites, to more local-crowd experiences in NoDa and Plaza Midwood, home of one of 3 Charlotte locations for the Midwood Smokehouse. Whatever you have a taste for, Charlotte offers it.
Now’s the time for some serious pub-crawling and discovering. You’ve been busy touring all day—working up a thirst—so it’s time to kick back and raise a glass and congratulate yourself on getting to know the largest city in North Carolina and site of first discovery of gold in the country.
At last count, Charlotte has over 40 breweries, as well as quite a few distilleries. You can’t hit them all, so maybe taking a Trolley Pub tour might work out the best. There are many options around town.
Some of the highlights would include Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Lenny Boy Brewing and NoDa. For local distilleries, consider Doc Porter’s, Great Wagon Road, or Dragon Moonshine Company right in town. There are also several in nearby communities. You could be a very busy person sampling the local liquids in and around Charlotte.
– Caro-Winds amusement Park
– The Mint Museum
– Discovery Place Science
– Carolina Raptor Center
– Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
– 7th Street Public Market
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We offer airport transportation to/from Charlotte’s airport, as well as around town transportation throughout North Carolina and the surrounding areas.
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