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Best Things to Do in Charlotte

The Queen City is filled to the brim with culture, history, nightlife, and so much more. If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a quick list of the best things to do in Charlotte:


Museums

For a little Carolina context, check out the Charlotte Museum of History and the Levine Museum of the New South in downtown. Nearby, both the Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph feature collections dedicated to craftsmanship and fine arts.

As a well-recognized hub for U.S. motorsports, any trip into Charlotte would be incomplete without a stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is perhaps the most intriguing. Fan of flight or not, the US Airways Heritage Collection leaves a lasting impression.

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Time Warner Cable Arena

Historic Sites

Certainly a city dating back to Revolutionary times is going to feature a ton of history. The Historic Rosedale Plantation, built in 1815, does in fact feature a ton of history. Take a tour of the beautiful 911-acre plantation today.

For event more historical context, take a stroll through the Old Settlers’ Cemetery, which contains graves from the Piedmont’s most early settlers, from 1776 through 1884.

Nightlife

If you’re ready to experience Charlotte after dark, north Tyron Street is flooded with the best bars and restaurants downtown has to offer. The Cellar at Duckworth’s and Prohibition Bar are local favorites.

Sports

In the fall, the Carolina Panthers dominate the sports page headlines and the competition, playing home games at Bank of America Stadium.

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McDowell Nature Center & Preserve

In the winter and spring, the other teal team in town, the Charlotte Hornets, throw down thunderous dunks, precise passes, and silky-smooth shots at Time Warner Cable Arena.

While there may not be any live action at the Hendrick Motorsports Complex, we’d still highly recommend NASCAR fans pay a visit to this mecca of motorsports.

Outdoors

Albeit a short drive the center of town, the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers a quick and convenient way to experience the beauty of southern North Carolina and wildlife surrounding Lake Wylie.

Similarly, Reed Creek Nature Center and Preserve showcases the unmistakable ecosystem native to east Charlotte and the Reedy Creek shorelines.

Culture

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture is a must-see for those new to this part of the country, as it specializes in regional African American art, film, music, performance, and more.

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Golf in Charlotte

For the artsy types, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art offers a massive collection of European, American, and English works. Not to mention some impressive architecture.

Recreation

Looking for some hands-on adventure? Be sure to check the U.S. National Whitewater Center on the west side of the city. Straddling Lake Wylie, visitors can enjoy paddling, zip lining, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting in the largest artificial whitewater river in the world.

Not to be outdone, Carowinds is the city’s top amusement park, featuring everything from spine-tingling coasters and thrill rides, to wet ‘n wild water rides, to a playful kids’ area. 

Golf

A staple of Revolution Park, Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course offers an impeccable nine-hole course split by Irwin Creek. Come for the golf, stay for the scenery.

Not too far from Sifford, Renaissance Park Golf Course boasts an 18-hole course with a par of 72. Both courses are public, so feel free to drop at any time.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel & Suites

242 E Woodlawn Road, Charlotte NC 28217-2202
Phone: (704) 525-5454  |  Fax: (704) 525-5637  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Charlotte/Matthews Hotel

2501 Sardis Road N, Charlotte NC 28227-7724
Phone: (704) 845-2810  |  Fax: (704) 845-1743  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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    Across the Tar Heel state choose sporting action from the Panthers to the Hurricanes, or the Blue Devils to the Hammerheads.

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    Find hotels near cultural sites like the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Old Baldy Lighthouse, and Biltmore Estate.

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