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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.

Top Hotels in Charlotte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Omni Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC

Located in Charlotte Center City, this hotel is steps away from EpiCentre and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Discovery Place is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Charlotte ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,029 reviews)

"Amazing hotel, nice staff, clean room, relaxing atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Omni Charlotte Hotel
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
3 out of 5
7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC
CA $100
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

Located in Arrowood, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Carowinds Theme Park and SouthPark Mall. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,112 reviews)

"The staff early in the morning when checking out was fantastic during a time of stress for everyone very friendly and outgoing"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Wyndham Garden Charlotte Executive Park
Wyndham Garden Charlotte Executive Park
2.5 out of 5
440 Griffith Rd, Charlotte, NC
CA $99
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Located in Executive Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, York Road Community Park and Renaissance ...

3.6/5Good! (1,757 reviews)

"The property and room were OK. I would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Wyndham Garden Charlotte Executive Park

Popular things to do in Charlotte

Charlotte Convention Center
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Charlotte Convention Center

4/5(8 reviews)

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

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium

80% of travellers recommend
CA $22
Per adult
Segway Tours of Charlotte
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Segway Tours of Charlotte

100% of travellers recommend
CA $85
Per adult
Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour
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Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $57
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina

CA $14
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of North Carolina
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of North Carolina

CA $14
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Charlotte

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
51
5 - Excellent 33.333333333333336%
4 - Good
77
4 - Good 50.326797385620914%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 11.764705882352942%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.9607843137254901%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.6143790849673203%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

Room was clean and well maintained. There may be lower priced options out there, however the peace of mind for a clean, well maintained room and good amenities is well worth the extra couple of dollars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 10, 2019

Charlotte is a vibrant city with lots going on ... easy walking and friendly people

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 21, 2019

Simply stayed the night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 17, 2019

Enjoyed the entire city hidden in the forest - trees everywhere. Loved it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jul 30, 2019

No it was not thr city just the property that I didn't like

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 25, 2019

Definitely a nice stay.

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