Charlotte Travel Guide
In Charlotte, North Carolina, there’s adventure around every corner. Whether you’re a first-time or frequent visitor, here’s how to experience the Queen City like a true local.
Charlotte, NC, is what’s now and what’s next. Come explore North Carolina’s largest city, and you’ll soon see why this place is filled with magical moments. Catch a live performance at The Visulite Theatre. Discover the history of the region at Levine Museum of the New South. Devour wood-smoked barbecue at Sweet Lew’s BBQ. Experience an outdoor adventure at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The opportunities here are endless.
Whether you’re a solo explorer or are traveling in a group, Charlotte’s a breeze to access from most major cities. With the 7th busiest airport in the world and direct access via Interstates 77, 85 and 40, Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The city is within a half a day’s drive to most locations along the East Coast and in the Southeast and Midwest. From Columbia, hop on I-77 for a short an hour and a half road trip. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
With over 5,600 hotel rooms in Center City, and an additional 1,274 more rooms scheduled to open in Uptown through 2022, visitors will be within walking distance to unforgettable dining, eclectic watering holes, award-winning museums, professional sports venues and plenty of history. Relax at The Ivey’s Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Uptown, or bring your furry friend to the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, which overlooks Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark. Wind down with a drink in hand at any of the city’s rooftop bars — from Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo to City Lights Rooftop. Cheers to the good times.
But if staying in one of the Queen City’s diverse neighborhoods is more your speed, there are approximately 27,000-plus hotel rooms in the surrounding area that will accompany your needs. Beauty can be found in each borough. In NoDa, the city’s epicenter for inspiration, colorful murals dance across aged factory buildings and tunes seep out of local music joints. Jump aboard the LYNX Blue Line light rail and head to Dilworth, beloved for its charming bungalows and cozy eateries. From South End to SouthPark, Charlotte’s neighborhoods hold something for everyone.
Don’t miss out on community vibes at Optimist Hall, Charlotte’s first and largest food hall, or check out 7th Street Public Market, an indoor market featuring local eateries, shops, bars and bakeries. You won’t go thirsty at any of the area’s 60-plus breweries and cideries. Try hot spots like Sugar Creek Brewing Company and Red Clay Ciderworks. Get your game on at places like Stroke, an indoor miniature golf course and bar in Plaza Midwood, Abari Game Bar, known for its classic arcade games and craft beer in NoDa, or bowl a strike at Queen Park Social in Lower South End.
Whether you’re a curious novice or a serious art lover, eye-catching visuals and classic masterpieces can be found throughout the city’s dozens of museums – from the Mint Museum to Discovery Place. As the sun sets, plan to jam out to a concert at large-scale venues like Bojangles’ Entertainment Complex, or more intimate settings like Neighborhood Theatre.
When it comes to unforgettable moments, Charlotte is a city with sky-high possibilities.