CharlotteUnited States of America

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

Charlotte Center City showing outdoor art and modern architecture

Charlotte Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,123 area reviews)

Abundant dining options, interesting museums and live music are just a few top things to explore in Charlotte Center City. A visit to EpiCentre or Spectrum Center might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Charlotte Transportation Center Station or 3rd St - Convention Center Station to get around town.

Charlotte Center City
On a recent trip to Charlotte, we were turned on to this delicious spot by a member of our film crew.

Though almost every upscale sushi restaurant strives to be innovative, Baku really pulls it off. Unusual and exciting favors can be discovered in their unique signature rolls. The tuna tartare was a tasty surprise. 

Great selection of cocktails and sakes. Very professional, upscale service, cozy modern atmosphere. Highly recommended.

#Food #Delicious

SouthPark

4.5/5Wonderful!(219 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of SouthPark is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out SouthPark Mall and Phillips Place.

SouthPark
Yummy fried egg!

Ballantyne

4.5/5Wonderful!(199 area reviews)

Ballantyne is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Reclining Bulls Statue, a top attraction in the neighborhood.

Ballantyne
View from the 10th floor of UNC Charlotte’s library. Downtown Charlotte can be seen in the distance.

University Place

4/5Very Good!(974 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in University Place. You can visit top attractions like UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and Shoppes at University Place, and jump on the metro at JW Clay Boulevard /UNC Charlotte Station or UNC Charlotte - Main Station to see more of the city.

University Place
Charlotte showing a house

Fourth Ward

2/5(1 area review)

Fourth Ward is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Fillmore Charlotte or North Carolina Music Factory.

Fourth Ward
1,116 acres with 7 miles of trails. Family oriented with picnic areas and camping. A great place to get outside and move a little bit!

Steele Creek

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

While visiting Steele Creek, you might make a stop by sights like Lake Wylie and McDowell Nature Center and Preserve.

Steele Creek

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
The price is $169 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,168 reviews)

"Overall the property is very clean. I rented a king suite. They have take extra precautions with cleaning due to COVID. We did have an issue of the air conditioning not working in the suite. I notified the front desk and had someone there within 10min to work on both air units. The building next ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Omni Charlotte Hotel
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
3 out of 5
7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC
The price is $80 per night

Located in Arrowood, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, Carowinds Theme Park, and Billy Graham Library. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (969 reviews)

"Nice spacious and clean room. Very comfortable and good location."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood
Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd
Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd
3 out of 5
2950 Oak Lake Blvd, Charlotte, NC
The price is $93 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Renaissance Park and United States ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,234 reviews)

"Beautiful room and the lobby area is very nice. A bit confusing having two different hotels with the same name, almost caught the wrong airport shuttle."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

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.

Popular places to visit in Charlotte

Lake Norman
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Lake Norman

4/5(481 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Norman, a popular spot to commune with nature in Charlotte. Stroll along the lakeside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Spectrum Center
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Spectrum Center

4.5/5(1,008 reviews)

Catch an event at Spectrum Center during your trip to Charlotte. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Bank of America Stadium
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Bank of America Stadium

4.5/5(815 reviews)

Catch an event at Bank of America Stadium during your trip to Charlotte. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Charlotte Convention Center
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Charlotte Convention Center

4.5/5(424 reviews)

In downtown Charlotte check out trade shows, sporting events and conventions at this key venue that features grand ballrooms and dining areas.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4/5(563 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a top university in Charlotte. Experience the area's entertainment choices or attend a sporting event.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Charlotte Motor Speedway

4.5/5(591 reviews)

Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Concord. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Charlotte

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina

$10
Per adult
Charlotte Haunted Pub Walking Tour
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Charlotte Haunted Pub Walking Tour

$27
Per adult
Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour
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Trolley Pub Charlotte Tour

$30
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina

$20
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

$70
Per adult
1 Day Golf Tour at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with Sightseeing
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1 Day Golf Tour at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with Sightseeing

$433
Per adult

Reviews of Charlotte

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great, progressive city with very clean streets. People were friendly and helpful! Will definitely be returning for another visit!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Overall love the city of Charlotte it’s always a blast when I’m here never disappointed

4/5 - Good

Eva

May 30, 2020

Nice place to visits , just have to find the right places to go and or hotel to stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

I love Charlotte; a very clean environment with a lot to do and explore!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

Here for work it was raining the whole time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

I love Charlotte

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