Charlotte Travel Guide
Charlotte skyline © John Ashley
Charlotte, commonly referred to as the 'Queen City' of North Carolina, has been the benefactor of a royal facelift of late. As the largest metropolis in the state, this once sleepy, sprawling suburbia has sat back with true Southern patience and watched as a massive reconstruction and unprecedented expansion has unrolled at her feet. The result is a city that's vying for the attention of local and international tourists alike. As the midpoint between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Charlotte enjoys a temperate climate and plays host to rolling green hills that give visitors plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the great outdoors nearly all year long.
The centre of Charlotte is divided into many districts, each with their own personality. Uptown is home to many museums, restaurants, theatres and nightclubs in between high-rise Fortune 500 company buildings; North Davidson Street (known as NoDa) is eclectic and artistic and home to funky restaurants, shops, and art galleries; and South End is a gentrified mill district with hip, upmarket entertainment and attractions. The 'old money' mansions of Myers Park are worth a drive to see, while University City, as the name suggests, is home to many students and a few shopping malls.
Plenty of parkland and pedestrian thoroughfares cater to those who prefer a bit of leg-work, while an extensive array of shopping and dining options are sure to satisfy those that prefer to exercise their wallets. The refurbished urban core of Charlotte's city centre has created a well-nourished nightlife network, and even peripheral neighbourhoods are alive with plenty to do and see.
Charlotte's not-to-be-missed cultural, entertainment, sporting, and historical mainstays make it a great destination for families, young professionals, and pensioners. The historic charm of the city is balanced by the large student population who keep things youthful and fun.
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