One of America’s most recent up-and-coming cities in the tourism world is located in North Carolina, the hub of the state that we are focusing on in particular known as Charlotte. This major commercial city is modern, educational, and historic, making it the perfect melting pot for travelers of all sorts.
Charlotte offers fantastically southern foods, amazing amusements and entertainment, and some of the most beautiful places to stay in the entire state.
So, travel junkies, what are you waiting for? A step by step guide to what to do and where to do it in the city, perhaps? Well, you’re in luck because we made one just for you!
Hampton Inn and Suites Southpark: Consistently great guest ratings and reviews make this one of our top choices in Charlotte, the European-style stay great for any type of group or travel event. Being near shopping, eateries, bars, and entertainment (Phillips Place) doesn’t hurt, either. ($$)
The Duke Mansion: Get history and comfort all in one with this popular lodging option, The Duke Mansion one of the most breathtaking and historic spots in Charlotte. Enjoy lush gardens within the 4.5 B&B acres, as well as plenty of luxurious learning opportunities. ($$-$$$)
Ritz Carlton: Feeling fancy in North Carolina? Then this option is for you the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte being one of the most expensive, and also most beautifully luxurious, lodging options. The word sophisticated just doesn’t do it enough justice. ($$$$)
Carowinds: This is perhaps the best place in the city to come ‘play’, this sprawling
amusement park hosting several thrilling coasters and an impressive
collection of water rides. This seasonal park is family friendly and great for budgeters! ($$)
Discovery Place: Learn and play all at the same time with a visit to Discovery Place, the highly popular science and technology museum located in Uptown. Kids will love exploring the aquarium, rainforest, Imax, and rooms full of interactive exhibits (and so will you!). ($)
Whitewater Center: This one is for all the adventurers out there, this U.S National Whitewater Center considered to be the premier outdoor recreation facility in the region. Raft, canoe, kayak, rappel, rock climb, or even mountain bike your day away! ($$$)
Nascar HOF: Get ready to nerd out, racing fans, as you explore the museum dedicated to drivers with exceptional skill in the NASCAR world, from well-known racers to amazing chiefs and crews. See stock cars, learn about the racers, and experience your very own NASCAR thrill! ($$)
Pinky's: This place is a Charlotte classic that serves up some seriously delicious sandwiches, tacos, and even cocktails! The space is casual and funky, and the food is both innovative and classically delicious. Pinky's is a great option for families, students, or big groups. ($)
Bill Spoon’s Barbecue: If you want to experience the best of southern BBQ then you need to come here, this ‘no-frills’ local joint serving NC bbq for over 50 years now. Be sure to order the hushpuppies while you’re here, you won’t regret it! ($)
Barrington’s Restaurant: If you were one of those whose ears perked up while reading about the Ritz-Carlton earlier, Barrington’s is for you! This high-end bistro-like eatery serves locally sourced foods and wines in a luxuriously intimate dining area, the entire experience in South Park one you won’t soon forget! ($$$)
Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen - It’s time to eat like the Southerners do, you’re in North Carolina, after all. Enjoy farm-fresh meals with more ‘refined and rustic’ decor, the service and the ambiance worth every second spent here. Our choice for favorite must-try dish? Definitely the house mac 'n' cheese. ($$).