Charlotte, also known as the Queen City, is the largest city in North Carolina. After being founded by the British under King George III’s rule, it was named Charlotte to honor the Queen Charlotte. Today, Charlotte is known for its museums, beautiful lakes and mountains, and of course, its history.
Here you’ll find the top 3 must-do’s when visiting Charlotte, North Carolina. And if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Charlotte, but don’t actually want to plan, check out my Charlotte travel guide.
Top 3 When You Visit Charlotte, North Carolina
»TOUR THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME: If you love stock car racing, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a must. Even if you aren’t a big fan, you’ll still find enjoyment in the history and interactive exhibits. From racing simulator, to experiencing the history on a 64-foot projection screen, to walking through the Hall of Honor – there is something for everyone.
»LEARN ABOUT SOUTHERN HISTORY AT THE LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH: The Levine Museum of the New South is a history museum that showcases life in the South after the Civil War. Its exhibits provide historical context and insight to the culture that a New South is founded on.
»ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OUTSIDE THE CITY: Although downtown Charlotte is beautiful within itself, you would be missing out if you didn’t explore outside the city. If you can venture out of downtown, there are beautiful spots that showcase the Southeast. Some of the best things to experience are:
- Lake Norman
- Hike Hanging Rock
- Float the Catawba River
- Hike Crowders Mountain
Looking for more to add to your Charlotte travel guide?
If you’re traveling to Charlotte and don’t have time (or patience) to plan, check out the ultimate Charlotte travel guide. It comes with recommendations for:
»Where to stay
»How to get around
»Top things to do (25+ items)
»Top places to eat & drink (35+ items)
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