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Charlotte
Travel Guide

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.

Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
3.5 out of 5
5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC
The price is CA $94 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26

This hotel is located in Charlotte (Executive Park), close to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Billy Graham Library, and Renaissance ...

4.3/5Excellent! (959 reviews)

"Loved that we received an upgrade for my Birthday that was kind. I wish you didn't have to pay for a late check out though."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
AC by Marriott Charlotte
AC by Marriott Charlotte
3 out of 5
220 East Trade Street, Suite 500, Charlotte, NC
Free cancellation
The price is CA $141 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Charlotte Center City, this hotel is steps from EpiCentre, Spectrum Center, and Bank of America Corporate Center. NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (439 reviews)

"The view was amazing the room was so neat and clean. Perfect for a one night gets away! You do have to pay for parking and resort fee."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

AC by Marriott Charlotte
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
4.5 out of 5
303 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC
The price is CA $191 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Located in Charlotte Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Duke Energy Headquarters, BB & T Ballpark, and Bank of America Corporate Center. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (738 reviews)

"Modern, super clean, view of the city, walking distance to lots in the city"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne
Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne
3 out of 5
15735 Brixham Hill Avenue, Charlotte, NC
The price is CA $132 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Ballantyne, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Quail Hollow Club, Phillips Place, and SouthPark Mall. Metalmorphosis and Charlotte Nature Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)

"The staff was great! They were friendly and did not play any games about COVID. There were only 15 people allowed in the people area weather you were in or not and they maintained those restrictions. The room was bigger than we thought it would it be. We had a two bedroom. My family and I felt safe ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Concord Mills Spdwy
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Concord Mills Spdwy
3 out of 5
7811 Gateway Ln, Concord, NC
The price is CA $100 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in Concord, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Concord Mills and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports Complex and Rocky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (757 reviews)

"Nice hotel, could use some freshening up in the rooms but overall great place to stay for the price range."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Concord Mills Spdwy
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Univ. Research Park
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Univ. Research Park
3 out of 5
8700 Research Dr, Charlotte, NC
The price is CA $90 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Shoppes at University Place and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from University of North Carolina at ...

4.3/5Excellent! (916 reviews)

"The front desk people made you feel soooo welcome. Lady named Chris was professional but extremely helpful and friendly. Would love for someone like her to work for me. She is absolutely an asset to your company. Please let her know what a pleasure it was to get to know her. Thank you for making ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Univ. Research Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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