Charlotte

United States of America

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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

Sport, Live Music and Entertainment

Top Hotels in Charlotte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood
3 out of 5
7925 Forest Pine Drive, Charlotte, NC
CA $94/night
Aug 31 - Sep 1
4.3/5Excellent! (1,643 reviews)

"This day was very nice the suite was very roomy we enjoyed our stay it was nice or you could buy an ice coffee for a dollar and the breakfast was good"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2019

Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood
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Holiday Inn Charlotte University Executive Park
3 out of 5
8520 University Exec Park Dr, Charlotte, NC
CA $111/night
Aug 24 - Aug 25
4.3/5Excellent! (738 reviews)

"The pool area was nice. The property was clean and well-taken care of. A huge plus was the amazing restaurants and shopping that was within walking distance or ultra short drive. Beautiful area!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2019

Holiday Inn Charlotte University Executive Park
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Omni Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
CA $202/night
Sep 6 - Sep 7
4.1/5Very Good! (1,888 reviews)

"Everything I could expect & more . I’m really happy I booked at the omni and when ever I’m in Charlotte again i won’t book at any other Hotel. Room was beautiful. The Gym had great equipment.The Pool/Bar area is a great place to relax have a drink & watch the Big screen. The location is Great, surrounded ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2019

Omni Charlotte Hotel

Popular things to do in Charlotte

Charlotte Convention Center
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Charlotte Convention Center

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

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

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.

Top activities in Charlotte

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

CA $27

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

CA $21

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

CA $80

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

CA $53

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

CA $13

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

CA $13

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.

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Charlotte for NASCAR fans
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Charlotte for NASCAR fans

Visiting motor sports heaven in Charlotte, North Carolina

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