11 Reasons to Love Charlotte

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The Queen City has a special place in our hearts. A city of quirks where downtown is uptown and bar crawls are a way of life, if you haven’t been to Charlotte it is definitely worth the trip.

1. NASCAR GALORE!

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Start your engines, Charlotte is a NASCAR wonderland! Home to the historic Charlotte Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is one of the best places in the country to get your racing fix. Summer is a great time to visit Charlotte because there are tons of races going on, from the Coca Cola 500 to drag races. You can even catch the Monster Truck Bash in August to get your dirt and destruction on!

2. RAFTING ADVENTURES

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Charlotte is home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The whitewater course is man made, but don’t let that fool you. The USNWC is the real deal and backs it up by being an official U.S. Olympic Training Site for Whitewater Canoe Slalom. Rafters with trained raft guides can tackle Class II, III, and IV rapids on the artificial whitewater channels. The fun doesn’t stop there. The USNWC also offers kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and canoeing. This is a can’t miss in Charlotte.

3. ROCK OUT

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The Charlotte music scene is definitely worth checking out. The city has some fantastic venues that draw some serious talent. The city’s largest hub for concerts is the NC Music Factory, featuring the Fillmore Charlotte and Uptown Amphitheatre. Charlotte also helped kick start the careers of great artists, past and present, including The Avett Brothers, Van Halen, and Kurt Cobain.

4. BREW MASTERS

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Beer lovers flock to Charlotte for the city’s outstanding breweries. Charlotte has a passionate and growing craft beer scene. There are so many breweries in Charlotte that they’ve combined brewery tours so kind folks like you can conquer more ground.

5. GOOD EATS

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Although complimenting Charlotte’s barbecue got Michelle Obama into the middle of a very weird Carolina barbecue war, we still think the city serves up some of the finest BBQ in the country. We recommend the brisket at Mac’s Speed Shop. The good food doesn’t stop at barbecue. Charlotte offers many other delicious cuisine including SushiSouthern Comfort/Soul, and a couple of mean brunch places. You can’t write about the food of Charlotte without mentioning Price’s Chicken Coop, the go to spot for southern fried chicken. If you’re looking for a nice patio, we recommend Whiskey Warehouse, which offers rooftop views of the city skyline.

6. SEE THE LAST ESKIMO IN NC

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The Dairy Queen on Wilkinson Boulevard, a designated historic site, is the epitome of an old-school ice cream joint. It displays the only Dairy Queen Eskimo still in use in the country. Built in 1947, this Dairy Queen is the oldest franchise ice cream chain in North Carolina. On a hot summer night you can find the drive-up packed with classic hot rods alongside hybrids and SUVs.

7. FLY AWAY WITH ME

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North Carolina is home to legendary pioneers in aviation, The Wright Brothers. The Carolinas Aviation Museum tells the story of the Wright Brothers along with the people who shaped our aviation heritage. The museum also houses the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane that Scully landed in the Hudson while it was en route to Charlotte.

8. SPORTS!

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While none of Charlotte’s sports franchises come close to matching the passion of the fans of the Red Sox, Packers, or Lakers, Charlotte could be argued be the best sports city in the world because of the city’s welcoming nature towards all sports fans. No matter your team, there is a bar for you to watch the game in without being harrassed or judged. Bills fans will find three bars just for them! Giants fan? Come on down? Dodgers lover, get over here! College sports fans will be like a kid in a candy store in Uptown on Saturdays. If you are a local sports fan (or just want to join in on the fun), the city welcomes new fans with open arms at Hornets, Panthers, and Bobcats games.

9. THRILLS UPON THRILLS

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Carowinds is an amusement park just at the edge of Charlotte right on the NC/SC border. Known as “the thrill capital of the Southeast”, Carowinds is a fun destination for people of all ages. Take a ride on the Intimidator – the fastest, tallest and longest coaster in the Southeast, or spin around the stratosphere on the 301 foot tall Windseeker. Take a breather from the thrills and splash into Boomerang Bay, Carowind’s waterpark! Carowinds is a great destination for a day full of fun.

10.WINDING MOUNTAIN ROADS

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Venture a bit outside of the city and take a day trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Part of the Appalachian mountains, the view along the Blue Ridge Parkway is breathtaking. Better yet, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers some of the most exhilarating biking you’ve ever experienced. The bike ride also features back roads where you’ll get to splash in nearby sparkling streams and visit Christmas tree farms.een City has a special place in our hearts. A city of quirks where downtown is uptown and bar crawls are a way of life, if you haven’t been to Charlotte it is definitely worth the trip.

11. PARTY HARD

The Howl at the Moon nightclub in Charlotte, NC. Photos taken with permission of management.

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Charlotte’s nightlife scene has taken off over the past few years. The EpiCentre in Uptown is the city’s nightlife hub. Who wouldn’t love a three story complex full of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotel, and a movie theater?? Don’t miss out on Howl at the Moon while you’re there for a dueling piano show that will kick your ass. Epicentre also hosts some of the best bar crawls in Carolina, including the yearly Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl that attempts to break the world record for the largest gathering of Waldos. How fun!

 

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