Truly a dynamic city, the changing face of Charlotte will surprise you. Walk along the bustling streets of Center City, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley in South End, or stroll along the tree-lined streets of Dilworth to experience the warmth and Southern hospitality visitors to the ‘Queen City’ have come to know.
The city has a reputation for NASCAR roots but the attractions go way beyond the track. The elegant orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the rip-roaring roller coasters at Carowinds theme park, and the Broadway show tunes at Belk Theatre are just a few of the countless reasons to book an extra day for all the attractions in this fine Southern city.
Named the ‘best walking city’ in North Carolina, Charlotte was also named one of ‘5 cities with big outdoor appeal’ for features like its Public Art Walking Tour, accessible museums such as the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, and nearby outdoor excursions like the U.S. National Whitewater Center. North Carolina’s Zoo has its home in Charlotte.
From mega-malls to outdoor markets, Charlotte provides a stylish range of shopping. As the Carolinas' premier shopping destination, SouthPark is ideal for some retail therapy. Three other malls, outlets and an abundance of boutiques cater for every taste. Nightlife includes endless restaurants offering every cuisine imaginable. Center City (Uptown) has restaurants, nightclubs, shops and a multi screen cinema complex.
Raleigh is North Carolina's Capital City a vibrant community that is consistently rated one of the best places to live and work in the United States. Greater Raleigh seamlessly joins the new with the old as its high-tech industry blends with Victorian-era neighbourhoods and relaxed Southern hospitality. Durham is home to many of North Carolina's nationally famous chefs and restaurants and also offers unique shopping with turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses resurrected as speciality stores and restaurants. Explore the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh has six major retail areas with brand-name bargains at area outlets and the latest fashions at top-notch malls.
- Shop ‘til you drop at SouthPark Mall
- Visit the Mint Museum
- Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting at the US National
- Whitewater Center
- Spend a day at Carowinds theme park and waterpark
- Be entertained at a jazz or theatre performance
- Explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Visit NC’s State Capitol Building at Raleigh
- Enjoy the nightlife in Raleigh’s entertainment districts