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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South
2.5 out of 5
4900 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28217
The price is $71 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$71
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Charlotte. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.3/5 (1,000 reviews)
"There was a bug in the bathroom other than that bathroom was clean room was clean we just saw a bug Other than that I was very satisfied"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
4 out of 5
555 South McDowell Street, South Tower, Charlotte, NC, 28204
The price is $152 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$152
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Charlotte. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"It’s convenient to a lot of places but the parking is not free though they don’t say it until you get there"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South/ I-77 Tyvola Road
Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South/ I-77 Tyvola Road
3 out of 5
6050 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte, NC, 28217
The price is $104 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$104
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Charlotte. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,524 reviews)
"So so breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South/ I-77 Tyvola Road
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.
FRONTDESK Skyhouse Apts Uptown Charlotte
FRONTDESK Skyhouse Apts Uptown Charlotte
3.5 out of 5
640 N Church St, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Charlotte. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Bank of America Stadium and Spirit Square ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"Quiet and relaxing environment"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

FRONTDESK Skyhouse Apts Uptown Charlotte
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, 28027
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Concord. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (952 reviews)
"Would definitely stay here again however was not pleased about being charged again for the stay that I payed for in April. An error at front desk, always double check your account!"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Concord Mills Spdwy
Kasa Edison House Charlotte
Kasa Edison House Charlotte
3.5 out of 5
1921 Charlotte Dr, Charlotte, NC, 28203
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Charlotte. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Bank of America Stadium and Freedom Park are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Birthday getaway
"Amazing location clean and super cute. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Kasa Edison House 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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