Enticing architecture, gorgeous views and enchanting greenery are some of the features of the largest city in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte. It is listed as a “gamma-plus” global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and has been ranked as the third fastest growing major city in the United States. The residents of the city are called “Charlotteans”. Also nicknamed “The Hornet’s Nest”, it is the second largest banking center in the United States. The climate of the city is classified as humid subtropical.
The beautiful city of Charlotte offers such wide range of attractions that almost everybody can find something to their delight. The art and history buffs will find a lot to discover with The Billy Graham Library, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum Uptown, Mint Museum Randolph, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Wells Fargo History Museum, Charlotte Museum of History, Foundation For The Carolinas, Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum and Green Rice Gallery.
For the motorsports fanatics, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Hendrick Motorsports Complex are must visit sites. The science devotees will have an amazing time exploring Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. While the kids will find a lot savor at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.
The sports lovers can relish thrilling game of Baseball at the BB&T Ballpark or American Football at The Bank of America Stadium or a high octane NBA basketball game at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The nature romantics can find some much peace and serene with Freedom Park, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Lake Norman, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, Romare Bearden Park, Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Fourth Ward Park and Catawba River.
The drama and music adorers will find much to cherish with Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, North Carolina Music Factory, The Fillmore, PNC Music Pavilion and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. While for the foodies, Carpe Diem Restaurant, The Capital Grille, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Midwood Smokehouse and Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill are must stopovers to relish some of the most delicious meals.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Charlotte is from March through May or from September through November, when the crowds are fewer and the hotel rates are low.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the primary commercial airport serving Charlotte and is the 6th busiest airport in the country both in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. It is also the largest airport in the nation without nonstop service to Asia.