I am glad that I took up my friend’s advice to visit Charlotte for a quick getaway. Charlotte, once only famous as a banking and racing capital, has now mushroomed into a cosmopolitan city with some great destinations which will make your trip memorable.
The largest city in North Carolina provides you many options for a perfect holiday. You can go for water sliding at the theme park or watch NASCAR racing at Charlotte Motor speedway or go for an interesting trip to the museums, Charlotte promises you a lot of fun.
Must Do Things in Charlotte
Checkout the Billy Graham Library
I was inspired by this library as it gave me a sneak peak into Billy Graham’s life and his love for God. The guided tour was for around 1.5 hours and was very informative and worth the time. This place is a must visit especially if you’re accompanied by your family. My wife bought some interesting mementos from the gift shop in the library.
Visit the Discovery Palace
You can enjoy some good hands on activities and have fun watching the exhibits. But the absolute thrill was to watch a movie on Jerusalem at the IMAX 3D theater. You can go for a stroll in the rainforest and admire under –water life at the aquarium. This place is truly amazing.
Go to the Charlotte uptown
I took my wife to the uptown area and we had a great time strolling around the glittering markets and indulging in some delicious delights. The uptown area also known as “center city” is located in the heart of the town and has shops, restaurants, bars, sporting venues. The area houses most of the city’s museums and live theater venues.
Checkout Hendrick Motorsports Complex
It is a great place to watch racing and to know the mechanics behind it. The staff is friendly and there are many photo ops in the museum. The complex is very interesting for racing fans and even if you’re not one, it is bound to impress you.
Go for a stroll in the Freedom Park
After all the sporting fun we headed to FreedomPark which is a wonderful place to relax in the middle of the busy city. Several culture activities are held in the park throughout the year. It was good to see some families enjoying a picnic in this clean park surrounded by beautiful neighborhoods.
Places to Stay
You can get some diverse accommodation options at this city including resorts, hotels and inns. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton and had a wonderful experience. It has a fantastic location and you don’t have to walk much for heading to bars, concerts and restaurants. The room service was prompt and the roof top pool was very relaxing.
Tips for Tourists
- Navigating Charlotte by a car can be difficult as the roads outside the downtown are confusing so going for public transport is a good option.