Welcome to Charlotte! Get ready to gear up for an unforgettable experience as you cheer your team on to victory in the Queen City.
Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte is a city on the move with a strong hold on its heritage. It exudes a bustling, cosmopolitan vibe with a down-home feel and has become a hot spot of trade, energy, finance and culture. Known as the Queen City, Charlotte lives up to its royal namesake with its rich history, exhilarating entertainment and attractions, flavorful culinary scene and regal southern hospitality offered at every turn. Athletes and their families are sure to have a ball in Charlotte.
The Queen City is becoming a premier destination for major sporting events as well. As the North Carolina hub for professional and amateur teams including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR and more, Charlotte is a winning city with a deep passion for sports and outdoor recreation.
Youth, collegiate, amateur and professional sports have taken the city by storm in recent years. Charlotte has hosted a wide range of events such as the NCAA Final Four, Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen; the ACC Basketball Tournament; the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament; the Belk Bowl; the Wells Fargo Championship; the Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament; the UltraSwim Grand Prix; the Disc Golf World Championship; the Pan American Junior Synchronized Swimming Championship; the Girls Fast Pitch World Series and more.
Belk Bowl fans will find more than 4,200 hotel rooms within Center City and 30,000 citywide consisting of dependable hotel chains, stately bed and breakfasts and boutique brands. The 700-room Westin Charlotte and the Hilton Charlotte Center City flank each side of the Charlotte Convention Center, making them accessible and quality options for travelers. Meanwhile, more than a dozen other Center City properties encompass everything from unsurpassed luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to modern conveniences at the Hyatt House Center City. In nearby Ballantyne, the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge boasts an award-winning spa and championship golf course.
To check out properties in the area, click here, or call the city’s Visitor Information Specialists at the Visitor Info Center directly (800) 231-4636 to assist you in finding the perfect places to unwind, splurge, dine and explore!
For foodies, Charlotte’s culinary scene packs an appetizing punch. Tasty city staples range from Mert’s Heart and Soul touting unforgettable Southern fried suppers to tender brisket that reigns supreme at Mac’s Speed Shop. Whether it’s the savory farm-to-table seasonal ingredients at Harvest Moon Grille or French-inspired fine dining with panoramic views at Bentley on 27, visitors will find this city literally is a feast for the senses.
Visit a Bon Appétit magazine pick for the best fried chicken at Price’s Chicken Coop or one of Esquire Magazine’s best bars in America at Thomas Street Tavern. Upscale restaurants on the scene such as Aria Tuscan Grill, Mimosa Grill and Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen add intrigue to Charlotte’s already flavorful palate. Beyond Center City, options abound at neighborhood treasures like Bonterra Dining & Wine Room in Dilworth, Carpe Diem in Elizabeth and Georges Brasserie in South Park. Bring your appetite to local eateries after the game is over and you’ll see that the Queen City has more than its fair share of culinary riches. For a full list of options, click here.
Entertainment & Nightlife
A cityscape full of possibilities keeps Belk Bowl fans on their toes. Venues with everything from boisterous bluegrass tunes to sophisticated wine lists are sure to have a night out with everyone in mind.
In Center City, the animated scene at The EpiCentre is home to a handful of hotspots all within the confines of one very cool Center City address. Pick up a spare at the chic Strike City, saddle up to the belt-buckle trimmed bar at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River, or savor champagne at Bubbles. Nearby at the NC Music Factory, this signature stroll district is breathing new life into Charlotte’s music scene with two venues that include the chandelier and red-velvet adorned Fillmore and the alfresco Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. Beyond Center City, neighborhoods like NoDa and South End boast off-the-beaten-path venues that tout musical genres ranging from jazz to alt-rock and gallery crawls that show off masterpieces by local artists.
In addition, performances for every persuasion entertain the masses. Traveling Broadway debuts courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts, the high-flying ballerinas of NC Dance Theatre and the captivating concertos of the Charlotte Symphony are just a sampling of organizations that keep Charlotte’s cultural scene on the cutting edge.
No matter your passion, there’s a way to play. As the number one travel destination in North Carolina, Charlotte offers visitors new and one-of-a-kind adventure and culture attractions. Don’t miss some of the Queen City’s biggest highlights below:
No trip to the heart of NASCAR country is complete without a stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Charlotte’s racing history is brought to life at this high-tech shrine to the nation’s fastest sport. Proving that NASCAR’s past, present and future are as colorful as the sport’s logo-emblazoned stock cars, the 150,000 sq. ft. NASCAR Hall of Fame boasts racing simulators, a pit crew challenge, a High Octane Theater, monumental artifacts from the sport’s illustrious history and much more.
Almost a billion dollar cultural investment, the Levine Center for the Arts is comprised of four museums and facilities housing everything from prima ballerinas to magnificent masterpieces. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art brims with gems by notables such as Picasso and Warhol with a stately terra cotta-tiled façade that’s a work of art itself. Close by, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture hosts permanent and traveling works by prominent African-Americans. And the Mint Museum Uptown dazzles visitors with its American, Contemporary, and Craft + Design collections as well as highly sought after traveling national exhibitions.
Home to the largest manmade whitewater river in the world, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, features class III-IV rapids, 5,700 square feet of climbing surface and miles of hiking, biking, and running trails. Thrill seekers can zip line through treetops and cross aerial challenges on the Canopy Tour, Canyon Crossing and adventure course experiences, which has also added stand-up paddle boarding, dragon boats and more to their extensive list of outdoor activities.
Award-winning and nationally-renowned, the Levine Museum of the New South explores the city’s evolution post-Civil War from a farming community to a diverse metropolis, described by The New York Times in a review as "illuminating" and having "appealing integrity."
Discovery Place’s interactive science and technology exhibits are crowd pleasers for all ages thanks to hands-on laboratories, awe-inspiring aquariums and whimsical learning experiences.
The plane of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame has finally landed in Charlotte as a permanent exhibition at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Fresh from its journey down the East Coast, look for artifacts soon to be on display from the US Airways Airbus like Captain Sully’s uniform.
Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century at the Billy Graham Library. Millions have been impacted by ‘America’s Pastor.’ Now, many more can learn about him and be inspired by his message through state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits, films and memorabilia to relive the historic moments of his life.
CATS Is the Way to Go
CATS has kept pace with the wheels of progress for the Queen City. Charlotte currently operates the largest transit system between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta with a goal to provide safe, convenient and affordable transit services that support economic vitality and quality of life. Every time you use CATS you’re helping to cut down on traffic, keep the air clean and help our economy prosper. Click herefor more info.
The LYNX Blue Line offers fast, quiet, convenient light-rail service to 15 stations between uptown Charlotte and I-485 at South Blvd. Dozens of bus routes are timed to connect with trains at the Blue Line stations, making it easy to get to work, to shopping or wherever you need to be. Enjoy the ride! Click here for more info.