Travel: Charlotte, North Carolina

If you decide to travel Charlotte area roads, one of the first things that may become obvious is its size compared to other towns and cities in the state of North Carolina. With a 796,912 population, Charlotte is larger than the capital city of Raleigh. As a result of its sheer sized, it has earned its reputation as a finance center, though it is respectably earning a name as a fine tourist spot.

Inside the I-277 loop, Uptown Charlotte is a hub for business, government, museums, nightclubs and cultural events. One of the safest areas in the city, everything in Uptown centers around Tryon Street, which is considered the main street in downtown Charlotte. A word of caution to travelers not familiar with the design of Charlotte’s downtown street grid: It can get a bit confusing until you realize how it is designed. It seems at first like a maze of one-way streets, but it is important to know that all the north-south streets have numbers, and the east-west streets bear proper names.

photo credit: Wiki

photo credit: Wiki

If you are in Charlotte on a first or third Friday, you can take advantage of the North Davidson Street’s gallery crawl. This area is about two miles north of the center of the city and is called both NoDa for short and the History Arts District. The area was once home to a large textile mill that closed in the 1970s. In the 1980s, artists moved into the district and started revitalizing it.

The Plaza-Midwood and South End districts also offer visitors cultural alternatives to downtown. South End offers more semi-upscale entertainment and the Plaza-Midwood plaza gives more organic choices connected to old Charlotte. Plaza-Midwood has a strong reputation for embracing alternative lifestyles.

There are several attractions in the Charlotte area that may be of interest to those trying to get to know more about the city. The Levine Museum of the New South gives visitors a good introduction to the history and culture of the South over the past few decades. The Carolinas Aviation Museum captures historic and restored airplanes, houses a library and puts on air shows. There are a few theaters to choose from, as well: The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Shakespeare Carolina, Blumenthal and Spirit Square, and Citizens of the Universe.

One of the main attractions for the Charlotte area is not actually in Charlotte, but slightly north of the city in Concord at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This NASCAR hub draws visitors and racing fans from all over the world. Along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Carolina Panthers and other professional teams, the racing franchise is a luxury for sports enthusiasts.

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Comments

  1. Danielle Cordeau says

    How pretty love the pictures. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to North Carolina and don’t believe I have ever been to Charlotte this post makes me want to visit.

  2. Erin K. says

    I have never been to Charlotte, NC. It looks beautiful! My mom just went to visit a friend and she had an amazing time. When my kids are older I would love to start traveling with them. Charlotte will definitely be one of the places on my list to take them!

  3. Sue E says

    We visited our friend in Tennessee & she drove us to North Carolina to show us more of the area to try to convince us to move by her. The tour she took us on was absolutely beautiful!!
    If most of our family didn’t live here, we would definitely seriously consider her offer!!!

  4. Jane ritz says

    Thanks for commenting on Charlotte. It’s close to home. I’ve only been there a few times, but I have been to the racetrack and to the Panthers stadium. There’s lots to do in the area and it’s just beautiful. Thank you for your review.

  5. Heather McCormick says

    Thanks for this article, I have always wanted to check this place out and your article makes me want to do so even more.

  6. Amber Nara says

    OMG, Just reading this makes me wanna go back! I was blessed enough to travel that area when I was 16. My sis was in the military and we had great times. Now married with kids would love to take them there! I really enjoyed thank you so very much for sharing! touched some flash backs of great memories!

  7. amanda lebeck says

    Thanks for the great information. I love North and South Carolina, I have been there before and I love the people and the accent lol.

  8. Tanya Holland says

    It looks like a great city to visit. The pictures of it look great, somewhere for my family and I to think about visiting.

  9. Lorayne Gothard says

    I haven’t been to North Caroline since I was a little kid, but I always thought North Carolina would be the perfect place to live. I love the pictures of Charlotte!!

  10. says

    I was recently in Charlotte, at the airport only, on my visit to New Bern to stay with my daughter for a few weeks. Love the south, as I am from the midwest, there is just so much history and I would love to go to the museums…thank you for a great post!

  11. Sherry Compton says

    I’m glad I found this post. Thanks for the information on the craziness of the streets. At least they have some sort of system…my son lives in Miami and their streets can really mess you up. My son travels with work and was telling me about Charlotte. He really likes the area and airport. I wanted to check into it and would love to visit.

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