Charlotte Tourist Information and Tourism

(Charlotte, North Carolina - NC, USA)

Charlotte, North Carolina (NC) stands in the Piedmont area and is close to the South Carolina border. Named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, the city is nicknamed 'Queen City' and today Charlotte is one of America's most important financial centers, second only to New York.

There are numerous breathtaking skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in Uptown Charlotte, which is bordered by the I-7 and I-277, known locally as Charlotte's 'Inner Beltline'. Many of the major tourist attractions in Charlotte are centered around Tyron Street, including strip malls, restaurants, a number of excellent museums and a vibrant music scene.

Hotels in the Queen City are widespread and can be found throughout Charlotte's city center, and particularly along the South Craycroft Road, East Irvington, South Stream Boulevard, East Woodlawn Road and Rexford Road. Additional hotels are located nearby Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which stands to the west of the city. More information about Charlotte Hotels.

Tourism in Charlotte is actively encouraged by the city and the main tourist information center is the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau on South Tryon Street. Here you will find all of the latest tourist information about life in Charlotte, including leaflets and brochures, where to stay and what to see, current events and general tourism information about the Charlotte area. The city's main tourist districts include Fourth Ward, NoDa (North of Davidson), Plaza Midwood, Uptown Charlotte and Southend.

Charlotte has plenty of popular tourist attractions, including the Bank of America Stadium - a vast 73,000-seat stadium hosting many major sporting events and concerts; the Bank of America Corporate Center - one of Charlotte's tallest skyscrapers, offering spectacular views of the cityscape; Charlotte's Carolina Raptor Center - a popular birds of prey center, with regular displays and talks; the Lowe's Motor Speedway - a major racing track, with many exciting races throughout the year, attracting large crowds; and Paramount's Carowinds - a large and thrilling Charlotte theme park with all of the family favorites, such as rollercoasters, fast rides and sideshows.

Other popular tourist attractions in Charlotte include the Historic Latta Plantation - an important, renovated antebellum plantation full of historical information about yeoman farmers and slaves; Charlotte's Hezekiah Alexander Homesite - a small stone house dating back to 1774, now America's oldest dwelling; Rosedale Plantation - a beautifully restored Federal-style house with many original features, constructed in 1815; and countless parklands and gardens, such as McGill Rose Garden, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. More information about Charlotte Tourist Attractions and Charlotte Landmarks.

Some of Charlotte's main museums and art galleries include the Charlotte Museum of History - full of information and memorabilia about Charlotte's rich history; Discovery Place - with an Omnimax Theater, Planetarium and aquarium; Charlotte Nature Museum - an interesting nature center, with Native American relics; Mint Museum of Craft and Design - in Uptown Charlotte, showcasing an array of modern studio crafts; North Carolina Transportation Museum - with information and exhibits about various forms of historic transport; Charlotte's Afro-American Cultural Center - with many impressive African American exhibits and an amphitheater; and the Mint Museum of Art - North Carolina's oldest art museum, with excellent collections of world-class art work. More information about Charlotte Museums and Charlotte Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions located nearby Charlotte include the Backing Up Classic Auto Museum - housing a large collection of classic cars, including many unusual exhibits; North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame - situated to the north of Charlotte, with a range of memorabilia, racing cars and historic information about auto racing; Reed Goldmine State Historic Park - east of Charlotte, the spot where America's first documented gold rush took place over 200 years ago; Richard Petty Driving Experience - offering the chance to experience professional race car driving around a fast course; and Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium - a short drive from central Charlotte, celebrating North Carolina's natural history and heritage. More information about Charlotte Attractions Nearby.

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