If you visit Charlotte this summer, you’ll quickly see why it’s on a lot of “best places to live” lists. Not only is it a world-class city full of art, history and endless dining options—it has a comfortable, charming small-town feel. With thrills like Boomerang Bay and must-sees like Crowder’s Mountain, that lively summer escape you were looking for is here.
One of the South’s largest commercial and economic centers, Charlotte is a modern city full of Southern charm. Famous for its Fortune 500 companies and banking center, Charlotte is not just for corporate travelers. Visitors can stroll past Victorian homes in the historic Fourth Ward, dine in chic Uptown or shop at the massive Concord Mills before returning to their hotels. In Charlotte, business is just the beginning.
If travelers look beyond the skyscrapers and corporate logos, they will discover Charlotte’s many faces. Thrill seekers flock to Carowinds, an amusement park full of exciting roller coasters. The city also has something to offer art aficionados, most notably the Mint Museum’s collection of European and American art. Music lovers can leave their Charlotte hotels behind for the concerts at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
Sports also define life in Charlotte. Hotel patrons enjoy convenient access to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, home of major NASCAR races, including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Sprint All-star Race. The bravest racers can even learn to drive their own racecar at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. And don’t forget about the NFL—the Carolina Panthers play at the local Bank of America Stadium.