20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Charlotte, NC | PlanetWare (2022)

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Updated Mar 30, 2022

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North Carolina's largest city, located in the southwestern part of the state, was named in honor of the wife of King George III, Charlotte of Mecklenburg, when it was founded in 1768. From its beginnings as a backwater of the British Empire, modern-day Charlotte has indeed come a long way.

Today, Charlotte's modern city center, known as Uptown, is where you'll find several of the city's major museums, as well as many great shopping and dining experiences. Along with celebrating the "New South" in its lively streets and vibrant cultural scene, Charlotte reflects on its rich history at tourist attractions such as the Charlotte Museum of History and Rosedale Plantation.

History buffs can also take the self-guided Liberty Walk to find a series of bronze plaques and monuments that detail the city's role in the American Revolution. This bike- and scooter-friendly city is a delight to explore without having to use a car, with wide sidewalks and minimal vehicular traffic where people tend to congregate.

Charlotte offers auto racing fans plenty of fun things to do, too. Racing enthusiasts will find speedways; racing schools; and motor sports museums, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, to keep them busy.

Whether you're here for a romantic weekend or traveling with the whole family, you'll find no end of excellent places to visit with this list of the top tourist attractions in Charlotte.

See also: Where to Stay in Charlotte

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Charlotte's NASCAR Hall of Fame is definitely the stop of choice for racing enthusiasts. Here, you can see Glory Road's banked ramp, which simulates a racetrack, with historic race cars like a 1952 Hudson Hornet, a 1967 Chevelle, and even Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2008 Chevy Impala SS. Hands-on exhibits include racing simulators that replicate the on-track experience.

The High Octane Theater features a 64-foot-wide projection screen with surround sound. Other exhibits give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how NASCAR and individual teams prepare for race day, while the Hall of Honor pays tribute to all NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.

Address: 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.nascarhall.com/

2. Billy Graham Library

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Inside the Billy Graham Library, visitors can learn about the television pastor's life through displays and multimedia presentations. The 1.5-hour tour includes memorabilia exhibits and a tour of the Graham family home, where he lived from age nine. Now carefully restored, it houses some of the original furnishings and Graham family memorabilia.

Also in the complex are Billy Graham's personal library and a mural by Thomas Kinkade. The building, shaped like a barn, is set on 20 acres of landscaped grounds, where visitors can stroll in the Memorial Prayer Garden.

Address: 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: http://billygrahamlibrary.org/

3. Discovery Place

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This ever-changing museum allows visitors to learn about science and the world around us through the senses. Each exhibit at Discovery Place involves hands-on participation that guests of any age will enjoy.

The Explore More Life Lab looks at biodiversity, with the opportunity to participate in experiments, while Project Build looks at the properties of physics using everyday objects. Think it Up encourages creativity and originality with various projects, including the opportunity to create your own stop-motion animation video.

In addition to several other fun interactive exhibits, children under age seven have their own special area called KidScience, designed just for younger visitors. All ages will love the immersive experience of the IMAX theater, where you can shrink small enough to travel inside the human body, explore the natural world, or even explore space.

Address: 301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.discoveryplace.org/

4. Carowinds

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Looking for some thrills and chills? Head to the sprawling all-ages Carowinds amusement park. Known as the "Thrill Capital of the Southeast," this 407-acre theme park provides plenty of fun things to do, with family diversions, roller coasters, water rides, and stage shows. A dinosaur exhibit allows you to walk through a Mesozoic setting brought to life with detailed animatronics.

You can also ride the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, the 325-foot-tall Fury 325. They also have a water park called Boomerang Bay, so be sure to bring your bathing suit. A pet kennel is available to those traveling with their four-legged friends.

Address: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.carowinds.com/

5. Levine Museum of the New South

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The exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South are focused on post-Civil War southern history and the people who have shaped it. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to run their hand through a pile of cottonseed, play old-fashioned checkers, or step inside a one-room farmhouse.

Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers portrays the evolution of the south through stories from Reconstruction, the economic transformation from agriculture to industrialization, the Civil Rights Era, and the rapid growth of the urban center and changing populations in Charlotte.

Temporary exhibits often focus on social and political change and the influence of diversity on southern culture.

Address: 200 E. 7 Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.museumofthenewsouth.org/

6. Hendrick Motorsports Museum

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Conveniently located one mile from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, this museum treats race fans to a history of Hendrick Motorsports. Exhibits include an in-depth look at the inner workings of racecars and the elements that make them so unique, as well as the state-of-the-art facilities and technology the NASCAR Cup Series teams use in preparing for race day.

Fans can see Hendrick's most famous stock cars, the company's championship trophies, and significant automobiles such as Jeff Gordon's winning Daytona 500 car. Other vehicles on display here include the Days of Thunder Chevy Lumina and Terry Labonte's Iron Man machine. A store selling team-branded merchandise is also located on the premises.

Address: 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.hendrickmotorsports.com/

7. Uptown Charlotte

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Centered around the city’s bustling Trade and Tryon Streets in the downtown core, Uptown Charlotte covers an area of approximately 3.5 square miles and offers no end of fun things to do. Not only is Uptown Charlotte home to the city’s financial and business districts, it’s also where you’ll find many of North Carolina’s most important attractions, too.

Nestled between tall skyscrapers housing some of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies are important cultural landmarks such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum. All of them are just steps from Uptown’s more than 240 restaurants and countless superb shopping experiences. Also here are world-class sporting facilities, such as the Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

A surprising number of parks are located here, too. One of the most interesting is The Green. Just 1.5 acres in size, its location off South Tryon Street, as well as its great cafés and restaurant patios, makes it a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Charlotte has also done an excellent job of making its Uptown district people-friendly. Car parks are discretely tucked away from view, often disguised by clever architectural flourishes. Cars here share roads with wide, clearly marked bicycle paths. A superb bike and scooter rental program has also been established and provides a convenient, affordable, and eco-friendly means of getting around.

Official site: https://uptowncharlotte.com

8. U.S. National Whitewater Center

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The innovative man-made rapids in the Whitewater Center allow beginners and experienced white water enthusiasts to learn or test their rafting skills in a variety of rapids with the help of experienced guides. Flatwater sports of paddle-boarding, canoeing, and kayaking are offered as well, with instruction and equipment rentals.

Other facilities include climbing walls and multiple ziplines and ropes courses. Set in more than 1,300 acres of woodlands, this outdoor sports center includes over 40 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running.

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Official site: https://usnwc.org

9. Carolinas Aviation Museum

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Both history buffs and techno-geeks can get their fill at the aviation museum, where exhibits cover the history, technology, and evolution of air travel. There are also many aircraft on display, including a replica of the Wright Flyer.

In addition to private aircraft, several military craft are also displayed, ranging from the modern Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat and Douglas A-4A Skyhawk to the Sopwith Camel biplane, one of the most important British fighter planes used in World War I. Also on display are the QH-50 Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (DASH) and a Vietnam-era CH-46D Sea Knight copter.

Weather permitting, visitors can tour the planes outside on the tarmac, including the 1999 Airbus A320-214 that earned fame when US Airways Flight 1549 was brought to a miraculous landing after both engines had been disabled by a flock of Canada Geese.

Address: 4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.carolinasaviation.org/

10. The Mint Museum

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Since its 1936 opening as the first art museum in North Carolina, the Mint Museum of Art has grown into an internationally renowned institution that regularly features new exhibits. Examples of art throughout history are on display in the permanent collections, which include a wide variety of works.

The American art collection is especially strong in Federal portraiture, 19th-century landscape painting, and early-20th century Realism. The museum has more than 2,500 works of art from the civilizations of the ancient Americas, one of the largest collections in the country and representing more than 40 of the major societies.

Other collections include textiles and fashion, decorative arts, modern art, Native American art, European paintings, crafts, and design. The museum's collections are displayed in two separate locations: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Address: Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina; Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: https://mintmuseum.org/

11. Freedom Park

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Freedom Park covers nearly a hundred acres and has plenty of activities for everyone, making it a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing or playing. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, while ball players can practice their swing in the batting cages or catch a game at one of the four ball fields. There are also plenty of walking trails for a more leisurely visit.

For the kids, there are two playgrounds and the NFL Play360 KidZone, as well as a concession stand for refreshments and lunch. If you prefer to bring a picnic, you can use one of the outdoor shelters that are complete with grills.

This is also a popular place for both formal and informal concerts and performances. It is also the home of the Freedom Park Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, where you can see some of the finest horticulture in the state.

Address: 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina

12. The Charlotte Museum of History

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Inside the Charlotte Museum of History, you'll find a wealth of information on the city and surrounding areas. The museum has three permanent exhibits, including one that explores the neighborhoods of Charlotte and frequently hosts traveling exhibits.

Docents lead entertaining and informative tours of each of the beautifully restored buildings, including the Hezekiah Alexander House, the Kitchen, and the Springhouse. You are free to tour the galleries at your leisure, as well as the paths through the historic garden and past the seven-ton American Freedom Bell, a 1769 Spanish cannon, and a stone Chilean mill that dates to the nation's first gold rush.

Address: 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.charlottemuseum.org/

13. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's collections include works by some of the most influential artists of the mid-20th century, with pieces by Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, and Chillida.

The museum also hosts several music events throughout the year, including a monthly jazz night. The Bechtler Museum of Art is the second museum in the country to be designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

You'll find more contemporary art and design, as well as traditional folk arts, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, which spotlights works by African-American artists.

Address: 420 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.bechtler.org/

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14. Historic Rosedale Plantation

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Only a few minutes' drive from busy Uptown Charlotte, the Historic Rosedale Plantation and its nine-acre landscaped grounds offer a glimpse at life in the Antebellum period. Built in 1815, Rosedale was known as "Frew's Folly" because its owner, merchant Archibald Frew, lavished money on constructing the 4,600-square-foot plantation home.

You can tour the house, a blacksmith shop, and the extensive historic gardens, which include formal beds bordered in boxwood, an outstanding rose collection, and five Treasure Trees, designated for their age, historical significance, size, or rarity in the region. The plantation is known for its majestic flowering trees.

Address: 3427 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.historicrosedale.org

15. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

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Centrally located in Uptown Charlotte, the Belk Theater is the biggest of the six theaters under the umbrella of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Since it opened in 1992, this state-of-the-art venue has hosted everything from rock and pop concerts to classical concerts and Broadway shows.

Capable of holding crowds of over 2,100 spectators, it has earned a reputation not only for the quality of its acoustics, but other design features, including its intimate horseshoe-shaped auditorium, ensuring there’s not a bad seat in the house. It also houses an impressive fiber-optic light display that adds another unique dimension to the audience experience.

Other notable venues close by include the Booth Playhouse, used for dance and smaller orchestras; the 1,193-seat Knight Theater adjacent to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art; and the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, housed in the historic First Baptist Church building a few blocks away.

Address: 130 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.blumenthalarts.org

16. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

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The 110-acre grounds of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are set on the banks of Lake Wylie and are spectacular in all seasons.Highlights include a conservatory dedicated to tropical plants and orchids. This 8,000-square-foot, five-story glass house includes a waterfall and an orchid wall draped in showy and fragrant blossoms.

Outdoors, the Four Seasons Garden provides colors, shapes, and textures that are pleasing any time of the year. The Cottage Garden, filled with plants and flowers that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is its most beautiful and fragrant in the spring. Stretching for 100 yards and bordered by changing seasonal blooms, the Ragan Canal Garden includes fountains and water shows.

The garden is constantly growing, with the latest addition a children's garden area, Lost Hollow, with a sunken pond, play spaces, and plants especially appealing to young visitors. The gardens glow throughout December with the Mile of a Million Lights, when the lights on the topiary trees dance in time to music, and glittering cherry trees reflect in the canal; fairy villages and seasonal model railway scenes enliven the conservatory.

Other special events are Independence Day activities and fireworks and a Chinese Lantern Festival.

Address: 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, North Carolina

Official site: www.dsbg.org

17. Visit the City's Fourth Ward

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One of the quietest neighborhoods to explore from Uptown Charlotte, leafy Fourth Ward features pleasant pedestrian-friendly streets that almost make this dynamic city feel more like a small town. Just a short stroll away from the downtown core, Fourth Ward is home to a mix of both fine dining and casual restaurants, fun music venues, as well as great shopping opportunities.

A great place to spend some time, the three-acre Fourth Ward Park is surrounded by old Victorian-era homes, and features an array of attractive flowerbeds, water fountains, and pleasant park benches from which to view them.

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The Old Settler’s Cemetery is another Fourth Ward landmark worth visiting. As its name suggests, it has been the final resting place of many of the city’s first settlers, some buried here as long ago as 1776.

Address: 301 N Poplar Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: https://fourthwardclt.org/things-to-do/fourth-ward-park/

18. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

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Paying a visit to ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center is one of the top things to do in Charlotte for families. A unique mix of educational programming, library services, and a children’s theater have been offered here since the facility opened in 2005.

Ranked as the number one kids' library in the US, ImaginOn features sections dedicated to the 11-and-under age group, as well as one for teens, the Teen Loft. It also houses two theater spaces, which host a variety of kid-friendly programming year-round. Regular interactive exhibits geared to younger audiences are also frequently provided.

Address: 300 E 7th Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.imaginon.org

19. Bojangles Coliseum

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Since its establishment in 1955, the Bojangles Coliseum has been one of Charlotte’s best-known concert and sporting venues. Modernised and expanded during its nearly 70-year history, this iconic venue has seen everything from rock and pop performers to orchestras and Broadway shows grace its stage.

Notable at one time for having the world’s biggest unsupported steel dome, the facility now also hosts professional hockey tournaments. It’s also now connected to the neighboring Ovens Auditorium, expanding its use for conferences and exhibitions. On-site facilities include dining and ample parking.

Address: 2700 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina

Official site: www.boplex.com

20. Latta Arcade

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Entering the quaint Latta Arcade is a little like stepping back in time. Looking not unlike the old historic shopping arcades found on the main streets of European cities like Paris and London, Charlotte’s Latta Arcade does indeed have some history.

Located in the Uptown district off Tyron Street, the arcade was built in 1914 and is deemed significant enough to have been placed on the USA’s National Register of Historic Places. Boasting a pleasant two-floor atrium that lets in plenty of light, the arcade today houses a number of shops and dining experiences and is well worth a visit.

Further dining options can be enjoyed at the rear of the building, which is accessible directly from the arcade itself or off South Church Street.

Address: 320 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

Where to Stay in Charlotte for Sightseeing

Charlotte is a large city and quite spread out. However a majority of the tourist attractions, restaurants, and entertainment options are in the downtown core, making this a good place for first-time visitors to stay. If you are in Charlotte to see a NASCAR race, you may want to consider a location northeast of downtown near the racetrack, and families with young children may want to stay in the south, close to the Paramount's Carowinds amusement park. If you are traveling with pets, you'll find a number of pet-friendly hotels in Charlotte.

Below are some highly rated hotels in good locations:

Luxury Hotels:

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is one of the city's premier hotels, with first-class service, top-notch amenities, a rooftop pool, and luxurious rooms.
  • The sleek and modern Westin is in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the Convention Center and steps to the city's entertainment hot spot, Epicenter.
  • A great choice for a boutique luxury stay, The Dunhill Hotel is located right downtown in a building dating from 1929, and is a short stroll from Discovery Place and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
  • If you prefer to be outside the hustle and bustle of downtown, the sprawling and manicured grounds of The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 18 miles from downtown, provide a resort-like experience.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • A good choice for families, the Homewood Suites, eight miles from downtown and near Paramount's Carowinds amusement park, features a pool and suites with kitchens.
  • Located in the trendy Uptown district, the Hilton Garden Inn has large rooms and provides a free shuttle service to local attractions.

Budget Hotels:

  • About 10 miles to the south and an easy drive along highway 74 to downtown, the Fairfield Inn & Suites offers excellent value and comes with a breakfast.
  • The new Holiday Inn Express, 10 miles to the north, is surrounded by a good assortment of chain restaurants.
  • Six miles from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Sleep Inn University Place has basic, comfortable rooms at an affordable price. All of these hotels have pools.

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What is the number 1 attraction in North Carolina? ›

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the top attraction in North Carolina and a must-visit place during your trip. With over 12 million visitors every year, it's the most visited national park in the US.

Is Charlotte North Carolina worth visiting? ›

When you're deciding where to take your next vacation, be sure to add Charlotte, North Carolina, to the list for consideration. This Southern city has plenty of charm, great places to eat, and cool attractions that make it well worth a visit.

How do I spend a day in Charlotte NC? ›

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Jun 17, 2021

Why is Charlotte called the 4? ›

It's got a crown: “symbolizing the royal legacy behind the city's name,” which honors Queen Charlotte of England, our ruler when Charlotte began in 1768. And, the crown has four spires: “the spires represent each of the four wards of Uptown Charlotte.”

What food is Charlotte known for? ›

With its proximity to the Atlantic coast, Charlotte has access to all types of seafood. Most restaurants here offer a wide range of exotic spicy seafood including squids, crabs (hard and soft shell), crab cakes, clam chowder, fried fish, Gumbo, jambalaya, lobster, shrimp curry, and scallops.

Is there anything to do in Charlotte NC? ›

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  • U.S. National Whitewater Center.

How many days do you need to see Charlotte NC? ›

So how much time should you spend in Charlotte? Three days in Charlotte will give you a good overview of the city's main highlights, along with time to explore pursuits just outside of the city.

How can I spend 3 days in Charlotte NC? ›

Our 3 days in Charlotte itinerary will help guide visitors to the top sights and best eats in town.
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Why do people go to Charlotte NC? ›

Charlotte, NC combines all the characteristics that we all look for to live, excellent education, large job market and good salaries, low taxes, affordable housing, nice climate and it is also a beautiful city with many places for enjoyment, which is why it's understandable that each day more and more people are moving ...

Does Charlotte have a beach? ›

Being the most populous city in North Carolina, Charlotte's metropolitan landscape can indeed get overwhelming. However, Charlotte residents know for a fact that while the city is rich in beautiful tourist destinations, festivals, and cultural institutions, there are virtually no beaches in Charlotte.

Is Charlotte a walkable city? ›

Charlotte is the 49th most walkable city in the US, and it is determined to be car dependent overall. However, as I mentioned, some neighborhoods are more walkable than others. The top 5 walkable neighborhoods in Charlotte are: Cherry (walk score of 86; bike score of 71)

How far is the ocean from Charlotte? ›

Charlotte has pretty easy access to both, but to reach the ocean you're going to have to drive a bit farther. Charlotte is just 20 miles away from the closest lake beach on Lake Norman, and 176 miles away from the closest coastal beach.

What is the coolest place in North Carolina? ›

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

At 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain tops the list as the coolest town in North Carolina and the highest resort area in eastern North America.

What is the most visited city in North Carolina? ›

Charlotte: Queen City of a Reason

The city's striking skyline encompasses the popular museum mile, and the new Bechtler Museum of Modern Art by world-famous architect Mario Botta draws many visitors every day. Bohemian arts corridors are also springing up just outside of “uptown” in the South End and in NoDa.

What is the hippest town in North Carolina? ›

Asheville. This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Asheville, the most popular “cool” city in North Carolina. Asheville is known for its outdoor recreation, craft beer scene, and overall artsy vibe.

What is the wealthiest area in North Carolina? ›

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What is the safest small town in North Carolina? ›

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What is someone from Charlotte called? ›

Residents are referred to as "Charlotteans".

What is Charlotte called the Queen City? ›

Why is it called the Queen City? Charlotte was founded by European settlers in 1768, when King George III still ruled the Colonies. They named the new hamlet after the King's wife, Queen Charlotte, and gave the surrounding county the name Mecklenburg in honor of her majesty's birthplace in Germany.

What's a nickname for Charlotte? ›

Nicknames for Charlotte include: Char. Charley. Lola.

What dessert is NC known for? ›

Yes, that's right. According to this list, North Carolina's favorite dessert is coconut cake.

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What is the best time to visit Charlotte NC? ›

The best time to visit Charlotte is March through May or September through November, the shoulder seasons when the city is less crowded and hotels are less expensive.

What percent of Charlotte is black? ›

Charlotte Demographics

Black or African American: 35.47%

What does the word Charlotte mean? ›

Charlotte name meaning and origin

The name is of French origin, means "free man" or "petite," and is the feminine form of Charles. Since Charles was a favorite among royal boys, Charlotte became a popular name for queens, princesses, and duchesses.

Is Charlotte or Raleigh better? ›

If you're looking for a safe place to raise a family with plenty of job opportunities and the feel of the suburbs, Raleigh is a good choice. If you're interested in tech or finance jobs, want more action and fun, or appreciate big-city living, Charlotte may be in your future.

How do I spend a weekend in Charlotte? ›

How to Spend a Wonderful Weekend in Charlotte, NC
  1. Visit the South End Neighborhood.
  2. Check Out Optimist Hall.
  3. Explore Uptown Charlotte.
  4. Take a City Tour with Queen City Rides.
  5. Take a Ghost Tour.
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Is Charlotte NC pretty? ›

Those of us who have the pleasure of living in the Queen City already know that Charlotte is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. We are fortunate to have amazing parks, lovely tree lined streets, and a magnificent skyline that sparkles when the sun sets.

What state is Lake Norman in? ›

Lake Norman State Park, on the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, boasts one of the region's more popular mountain biking network, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trail.

Is Charlotte expensive? ›

Charlotte has a reputation for being one of the more affordable big cities in the country, but it comes in the top half of the pack among the top 75 cities in the U.S., according to a recent cost of living analysis.

Why you should not move to Charlotte NC? ›

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Is Charlotte a clean city? ›

Charlotte is a pretty new city. The good news about this is that the city is really clean. The downside to this is that even the downtown lacks a rooted history.

What is the coldest month in Charlotte NC? ›

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 28 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest month of the year in Charlotte is January, with an average low of 34°F and high of 52°F.

Does Charlotte NC get snow? ›

Charlotte, North Carolina gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Charlotte averages 2 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

Can you see mountains from Charlotte NC? ›

Yes, you CAN see the Charlotte skyline from Grandfather Mountain on a clear day!

Is Charlotte NC trendy? ›

New shops, upscale restaurants and revitalization along Elizabeth Avenue have created a trendy Charlotte, NC hot spot that attracts visitors to the Elizabeth community.

Do you need a car in Charlotte? ›

Charlotte has many car-less households with little choice but to rely on public transportation and their own muscle power to get from home to work to the grocery store and back home. Recent data show that within the 30 largest U.S. cities, an average of 9.2 percent of households don't own a car.

Is Charlotte NC hipster? ›

It may not be a surprise that Charlotte is now one of the most hipster markets in America, given our growing coffee scene, thriving craft breweries, hardcore disc-golf community, and our massive annual hippie festival, but what may be surprising is how high we ranked.

Where is the best place to vacation in North Carolina? ›

Here are the top vacation spots in North Carolina:
  • Nags Head. Nags Head is a small town on North Carolina's Outer Banks near Kitty Hawk and Roanoke Island. ...
  • Charlotte. Charlotte is an exciting city with plenty to do and see. ...
  • Durham. ...
  • Raleigh. ...
  • Greensboro. ...
  • Chapel Hill. ...
  • Waynesville. ...
  • Asheville.

Is there anything fun to do in NC? ›

13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in North Carolina
  • Blue Ridge Parkway. Blue Ridge Parkway. ...
  • The Biltmore Estate in Asheville. ...
  • Beaches of the Outer Banks. ...
  • Waterfalls in North Carolina. ...
  • Downhill Skiing. ...
  • Battleship North Carolina. ...
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. ...
  • North Carolina Aquarium.
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What food is Charlotte famous for? ›

With its proximity to the Atlantic coast, Charlotte has access to all types of seafood. Most restaurants here offer a wide range of exotic spicy seafood including squids, crabs (hard and soft shell), crab cakes, clam chowder, fried fish, Gumbo, jambalaya, lobster, shrimp curry, and scallops.

What is interesting about Charlotte NC? ›

Charlotte, NC is the pimento cheese capital of the world.

In 1953, a family-owned kitchen on Wilkinson Boulevard began mass producing and selling pimento cheese to local grocers. Ruth's Salads is the top pimento cheese producer in the country and makes 45,000 pounds per week of the southern delight.

What can you only get in North Carolina? ›

North Carolina Food Gifts
  • The Adventurer 3 Map Set from EDIA Maps – Charlotte by way of Mt. ...
  • Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter Bar Gift Set – Durham.
  • Black Mountain Chocolate Big Winston Sampler – Winston-Salem.
  • Atkinson Sweet Betsy Hush Puppy Mix – Selma.
  • Eastern North Carolina BBQ Gift Set – Kinston.
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What is the best month to visit North Carolina? ›

The best time to visit North Carolina is between early April to mid-June and from early September to early November. North Carolina records four distinct seasons and its spring season runs from March to May. This season receives high humidity and temperatures that can reach anywhere between 55F to 82CF.

What is the poorest town in NC? ›

Lumberton, North Carolina was named the poorest city with a median household income at $28,293, among a population of 135,517.

What is the prettiest beach in NC? ›

Best North Carolina Beaches
  • Emerald Isle.
  • Bald Head Island.
  • Cape Hatteras.
  • Corolla/Currituck Beach.
  • Ocracoke Island.
  • Topsail Island.
  • Oak Island.
  • Wrightsville Beach.

What is the friendliest town in North Carolina? ›

Tryon Is Known As The Friendliest Town In North Carolina.

Is Raleigh better than Charlotte? ›

Which city is safer? Raleigh has a lower crime rate than Raleigh with 256 violent crimes and 1,783 property crimes per capita. By comparison, the Charlotte crime rate is 739 violent crimes and 3,926 property crimes per capita.

Which is better north or SC? ›

While North Carolina has the bigger population, this usually translates to a higher cost of living, since there are more people in that area.
...
Cost of Living.
South CarolinaNorth Carolina
Overall Cost of Living88.5%90.6%
Groceries95.8%96.5%
Transportation73.7%83.9%
Housing73.6%81%
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