North Carolina is a mash-up of sceneries, from the coastal beaches, to the booming inner cities, to the cavernous, beautiful mountain ranges. Charlotte, dubbed The Queen City, is one of the most popular destinations for leisure travelers and business professionals to North Carolina. The skyscrapers illuminate the whole city in the evenings, while nightlife is bustling and energetic for hardcore clubbers and bar hoppers. While Charlotte is a bit of a challenging city in which to drive due to the cross-hatch of highways and interstates, the city is an adventure in and of itself.
A city with excellent hotels, amazing dining and shopping, plus great attractions, you'll appreciate all the wonderful opportunities to create your perfect trip to Charlotte.
Carowinds, a seasonal and family-friendly amusement park, sprawls over 398 acres, and has been around since 1973. The park, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment, is located on Carowinds Boulevard. There are rollercoasters and thrill rides galore, and the company seems to release something new and exciting ride-wise every year. Their water park is huge and open every summer, while the park also offers a playground for toddlers, walk-around character experiences, and festival days. Since 2000, Carowinds has become a hot-spot for Halloween thrill-seekers when the park morphs into Scarowinds—a haunting, fun North Carolina experience that takes place at night throughout the park. There are day passes, season passes, and unlimited concession passes, each with their own benefit.
Another family-friendly Charlotte favorite is Discovery Place, a kids’ science center with hands-on learning experiences and interactive exhibits. Constructed in 1981, the science center sits off of North Tryon Street, and the average guest will spend 3 hours perusing and playing throughout the center. The main room theme changes on a monthly basis, but there are classic exhibits that have been upgraded every year but remain the same in terms of theme.
Kids can explore the inner workings of the human body, watch the habits of tropical fish in a huge aquarium, and discover the intricacies of nature and the world around them. For groups, like Girl Scouts, the science center offers sleepovers, birthday party packages, and other fun year-round events.
The Mint Museum is the oldest art museum in the state and maintains one of the largest collections in the Southeast. A non-profit, the Mint Museum has two locations; the primary property is in uptown Charlotte on South Tryon street, and the original 1936 branch on Randolph Road. Don't miss the Lewis Family Gallery and the opportunity to create your own art and participate in interactive pieces. And, if you visit the city location, be sure to dine at Halycon, Flavors from the Earth, celebrating North Carolina's dairys, wineries, and artisanal farms.
Did you know that there are over 2,000 places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina?
From upscale dining experiences, to quick, cheap eats, and even a few street vendors and food trucks, there is no shortage of things to munch on in Charlotte. The Midnight Diner, for instance, on East Carson Boulevard, is a classic in the city, serving up breakfast and lunch favorites from noon to midnight, 7 days a week. The diner atmosphere is vintage, while the food is both delicious and packed with southern charm. From chicken and waffles drenched in maple syrup and full-fat butter, to a simple platter of eggs, bacon, grits, and biscuits, there are dozens of choices to fill your belly and save a few bucks for your wallet.
Charlotte, North Carolina is a bustling city with lots of things to do, things to see, places to go, and people to meet. If you plan to stay a night or two, check out the following hotels: Charlotte Marriott City Center, Hampton Inn University Place, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport, and Omni Charlotte Hotel.
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Charlotte Marriott City Center
On West Trade Street sits the Charlotte Marriott City Center, perfect for business professionals that want a hotel that is moments away from the hustle and bustle of Charlotte’s inner city. According to over 400 online reviewers, this hotel is clean and comfortable, with modern accommodations, like an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, a fitness center, a business center with meeting rooms and conference facilities, room service, and a banquet room for celebrations and corporate events.
Room-wise, guests have the luxury of plush queen-sized beds, free high-speed internet access, basic cable and flat-screen televisions, and an en-suite bathroom with fluffed towels and lots of free toiletries. If you love theatrics, take in a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center—less than a quarter-mile from the Charlotte Marriott.
The Hampton Inn
The Hampton Inn University Place on North Tryon Street has garnered a reliable reputation as one of the best hotels in Charlotte. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this hotel surpasses city competition with over 500 positive reviews, all ranking their stays as very good to excellent.
Some of the highlights of staying at the Hampton Inn include close proximity to UNC-Charlotte, delicious breakfast sandwiches with your choice of bold or regular coffees, a fitness area and swimming pool, and dry-cleaning and laundry services. Freebies include high-speed internet, parking for guests, basic cable, and access to a business center with meeting rooms.
Entertainment-wise, head over to the Lake Norman State Park, less than 3 miles from the hotel. Hike a few trails, wade out into the water, and explore the isolated coves and caverns that stretch across 500 miles of man-made shorelines.
The Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport on Cascade Point Boulevard is a classy place to book a weekend stay for families, couples, singles, and business professionals. This hotel has a reputation as dependable, reliable, and accommodating. A few of their most popular amenities include free shuttle services and airport transportation, clean and comfortable rooms with queen-sized beds and mini kitchenettes, courteous front desk service with a speedy check-in process, and an outdoor lounge area with a mini bar and fire pit.
For dinner, take a short drive to Nana’s Soul Food Restaurant to sample authentic southern cuisine, like homemade cornbread, barbecued chicken breast, mac and cheese, collard greens, and scrumptious banana pudding.
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Seated on East Trade Street, the Omni Charlotte Hotel is located within a ginormous skyscraper, offering gorgeous views of the sunset over the city. There are several highlights that reviewers have pinpointed as some of the best, such as an on-site restaurant and bar with a lounge area, a swimming pool and fitness center, a business area with a meeting room or two, free high-speed wireless internet, and laundry, room, and concierge services. There is also a spacious banquet hall for celebrations and company events.
In the mood for a spooky but cool vibe? Check out the Old Settlers Cemetery on 5th street right in the heart of the city. With beautifully carved grave markers dating back centuries, from 1776 to 1884, take in a piece of Charlotte's history. No matter how you spend your time in Charlotte, you are in for a memorable time.
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