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Downtown Charlotte. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
Downtown Charlotte. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
Uptown Charlotte. Fotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock
Uptown Charlotte. Fotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock
Speedway. Beelde Photography/Shutterstock
Speedway. Beelde Photography/Shutterstock
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Transit System. Fotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock
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Modern Building. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock
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ImaginOn. Fotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock
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Marshall Park. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock
The CLM, (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)
The CLM, (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte in the U.S. state of North Carolina is the largest city but not the capital with millions of residents including the famous basketball player Michael Jordan who also owns the Charlotte Hornets NBA team which play home at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

First settled in 1755, Charlotte is nicknamed the “Queen City” in honour of the Great Britain queen consort Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz as the city is named after her. It is also sometimes referred to as the “The Hornets Nest” a title given to Charlotte for its attitude of rebellion during the American Revolutionary War.

The city is proud of its economy with eight fortune 500 companies headquartered here including the Bank of America and Lowe’s, well known throughout the United Sates, Canada Australia and New Zealand. It isn’t banking or retail stores tourists find fascinating, it’s NASCAR, which calls Charlotte home including the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum. The prestigious races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway are a must do activity for anyone young and old.

Like most major cities in the US, culture is rife in Charlotte with plenty of museums, art galleries and theatres to keep visitors entertained. The Billy Graham Library, Levine Museum, Discovery Place, Carolinas Aviation Museum and Mint Museum are just a handful of several top Museums in the city.

For performances, ImaginOn, The North Carolina Music Factory, Filmore, Visulite Theatre, PNC Music Pavilion and the Actors Theatre of Charlotte are the best places for live shows and music. If you are lucky enough to be in Charlotte for October and November you are in luck for the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. The Festival features 11 stages, an interactive circus, marketplace and a medieval jousting tournament.

Before you leave Charlotte, make sure to watch and cheer on the Carolina Panthers NFL team at the Bank of America Stadium. If watching action is too slow, then, Carowinds is the place to go as the amusement park features some stunning water park and thrill seeker rides with entertainment for the whole family.

For more holiday information on Charlotte you may also want to see the Visit Charlotte official tourism website.

Charlotte Skyline from Romare Bearden Park. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock
Charlotte Skyline from Romare Bearden Park. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock
View of Streets in Charlotte, North Carolina. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock
View of Streets in Charlotte, North Carolina. Digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock