Charlotte, NC

Travel Guide
Charlotte

Visit one of the world’s banking capitals, with top art centers, museums and spectator sports in North Carolina’s beautiful Central Piedmont region.

Charlotte has Southern hospitality, lovely weather, a small-town feel and access to natural beauty in the mountains and on the shore. This city is also an important modern financial center with all the amenities you’d expect in a large metropolis. Enjoy outdoor beauty during the day and appreciate great performances in the evening.

Walk through Charlotte’s downtown area for culture, entertainment and sports action. Attend opera, Broadway productions, symphonies, dance and other performances at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s seven venues. Several theater groups put on classic to edgy plays and musicals at other locations in the city. Charlotte’s venues offer more than 65,000 performances and events annually.

The city’s 50 museums and art galleries range from Discovery Place, filled with hands-on exhibits to engage children of all ages, to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Carolinas Aviation Museum holds the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus that made an emergency landing in New York City’s Hudson River.

Stop in the one-of-a-kind NASCAR Hall of Fame downtown to learn about the sport’s bootlegging history. Drive north of the city to see and hear NASCAR racing at full throttle. The Carolina Panthers play football in a downtown stadium next to the Charlotte Knights baseball field. The city has professional basketball, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, roller derby and women’s sports teams. Just east of downtown, visit the campus and athletic field of University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Watersports abound in this warm-weather location. Swim, canoe and boat on Lake Norman or the Catawba River. Enjoy family whitewater rafting at the manmade U.S. National Whitewater Center and watch Olympic kayakers practicing. Watch famous golfers compete at the annual PGA tournament at Quail Hollow or set up your own golf holiday across the area’s 30 courses.

Charlotte has a diverse international scene. Experience the Charlotte French Cultural Festival in July, watch energetic dancing at September’s Festival of India and enjoy music and arts in the long-running autumn Festival in the Park.

Where to stay in Charlotte

Baymont by Wyndham Charlotte University
Baymont by Wyndham Charlotte University
2.5 out of 5
5415 Equipment Drive, I-85 exit 41-Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC
The price is $55 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Spectrum Center, and EpiCentre. Bank of America Stadium ...
3.3/5 (396 reviews)
"Just what I needed—a place to go in and out of without any problems."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Charlotte University
Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
3.5 out of 5
5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC
The price is $119 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Executive Park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Renaissance Park, and Charlotte Regional ...
4.2/5Excellent! (950 reviews)
"I liked the lobby area however the grounds just didn’t convey an updated feel."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Omni Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $203 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Charlotte Center City, this hotel is steps from EpiCentre and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Discovery Place is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Charlotte ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,119 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, very nice area, staff were excellent, only thing was the dirty pool, guys were working on it but just keep up ."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Omni Charlotte 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.
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 $93 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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! (846 reviews)
"Convenient location off highway. Front desk staff very professional"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Concord Mills Spdwy
Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, NC
Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, NC
3 out of 5
610 S. Caldwell St., Charlotte, NC
The price is $134 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Charlotte Center City, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame. EpiCentre and Bank of America ...
4.3/5Excellent! (258 reviews)
"Excellent property. Large rooms. Great location (directly across the street from the Nascar museum and two blocks from the stadium. It easy to catch an Uber to local areas of interest. There are also scooters all over the downtown area for rent. Getting in is a bit tricky - you have to go to the ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, NC
Homewood Suites by Hilton Concord Charlotte
Homewood Suites by Hilton Concord Charlotte
3 out of 5
7300 Scott Padgett Parkway, Concord, NC
The price is $124 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Concord, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rocky River Golf Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Concord Mills. Hendrick Motorsports Complex ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (462 reviews)
"The room was perfect and as described. Room & bathroom was clean. Kitchen was exceptional. Having a hot breakfast during this trying times was a definite plus: Housekeeping was available daily upon request and brought up anything needed within minutes. Staff was very professional and friendly. Having ..."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Concord Charlotte
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.

Getting around Charlotte

Getting around in Charlotte and the surrounding area is easy thanks to the Charlotte Area Transit System. This includes the modern LYNX Blue Line Light Rail, the more traditional CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar network, and an extensive bus network which connects the whole city and beyond. Uptown is easy to walk around, but not everywhere is, and you won’t be able to make the most of Charlotte on foot alone. Visit the Charlotte Area Transit System website.Browse Charlotte rental cars.

Best time to visit

The busiest time for visitors to Charlotte is in the summer, when the city enjoys hot weather and many attractions have extended opening hours to cater for the increased visitor numbers. Fall has a busy festival program, but is the wettest time of year; like spring, fall has pleasant temperatures while being cheaper and less busy than the summer.

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