Einstein's Corner at Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina (Discovery Place)

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, Charlotte, North Carolina (Kessler/Public Library of Charlotte & Mcklenburg County)

BJ, the blue and gold macaw at Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina (Discovery Place)

Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina (Visit Charlotte)

Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina (Visit Charlotte)

Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina (iStockphoto)

Skyline of Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Charlotte

Charlotte is the rare city where you can contemplate a Picasso and catch a NASCAR race—then eat an authentic fried chicken dinner. The Progressive Arts Council in Charlotte brings in more revenue than that of any other American city outside of New York. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art showcases works from key art movements of the 20th century. In Uptown, the eclectic Mint Museum includes everything from photographs by the likes of Ansel Adams to ancient Mexican jaguar figurines. Want a jolt of pop culture? Take in the beatific grimace on Dee Dee Ramone’s face at the Light Factory, Charlotte’s contemporary film and photography museum—one of only four such institutions in the country. For cultural context, stroll through the Museum of the New South, which examines Charlotte from its post-Civil War reconstruction to present day.

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Traveler Reviews of Charlotte

Jaime rates Charlotte
Charlotte it's not a huge city, but it's very nice. You can find almost anything here. We moved from FL 7 years ago and we love it. Really nice neighborhoods, a lot of art, close to the mountains, mild weather, has problems like all the big cities, but more pros for sure.
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Vajra rates Charlotte
Charlotte is what Minneapolis was 15 years ago. So, we can not compare Charlotte with any world biggest cities like Chicago, NY or LA. I just came back from Seattle and it is not even close to Seattle. So for the travel destination, Charlotte has very little to offer. I personally think Charlotte is not evolving as a tourist destination and whatever the city is doing presently is not enough to become one. However if you are here because of some odd reason, there are few things you can do. The best part of all is the city is 2-3 hours away from Appalachian Mountain cities like Ashville, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville in west and few hours drive away from Atlantic cities like Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Savannah. That is what we have been doing; short weekend trips to find southern hidden towns with lots of rich histories.
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MrsJBolt rates Charlotte
Don't go to Charlotte expecting a city feel...it's nothing like Chicago, NYC, or even DC. The main area (which they call uptown) is much quieter than a normal city after everyone gets off work. The Epicenter is a good for going out area. There is very little public transportation besides buses & the LightRail (called the Lynx) that runs from the Time Warner Arena to I-485 on South Blvd. I would stay in the SouthPark area, nice mall & restaurants (CowFish, Yama, Firebirds, Dean & Deluca Wine Bar). Also Ballantyne (south of the i-485 beltway) is luxurious if you stay at the Ballantyne Resort--they have golf, spa, and nice restaurants. Dilworth (eclectic) & Myers Park (rich) are areas to explore as well. And if you are into Nascar they of course have the Hall of Fame downtown, it might or might not be worth the $$...
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Alistair rates Charlotte
I was in Charlotte for a big conference, so can't claim to have experienced all that there is to see and do in the city. Given the way that the Bank of America headquarters towers over all the other buildings in the downtown business district, this is quite an impressive landmark. However, it's also perhaps indicative of my lingering poor impression of Charlotte, as the downtown area felt completely dead and soulless once all the office workers headed back out to the suburbs around 6pm. To get away from the city's distinctly corporate vibe, I'd head to the South End district, which lies on the other side of the I-277 freeway loop. This growing arts-and-entertainment enclave is home to once-disused mills and warehouses that have since been converted into hipster bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and galleries.
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