Ambitious and ready to stake its claim on the world, Charlotte is a city of high octane adventures and attractions. No matter where you go in Charlotte, you’ll find a lot to your liking, not to mention plenty of Southern comforts and urban excitement along the way. Foodies visiting the city will find that Charlotte's culinary tastes are in line ... Read more
with the rest of the American South. Standards such as grits, sweet potatoes (yams), and greens are common in kitchens and restaurants. If shopping and upscale dining is your thing then head to Uptown. Most of the city’s museums, sporting venues, hotels, restaurants, and bars are heavily concentrated in Uptown Charlotte. While Charlotte briefly received an unwelcome spotlight for a right wing protest, the city is known as an open-minded, welcoming city.

Charlotte places to stay and top hotels

Charlotte things to do and experiences

  • Carowinds
    9.358 reviews
    Children's Activities, Entertainment, Theme Park
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  • U.S. National Whitewater Center
    9.736 reviews
    Beaches and Watersports, Entertainment, Water Park
    Popular withAdventureOutdoorsy
  • Charlotte Epicenter
    9.237 reviews
    Shopping, Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center
    Popular withNightlifeFoodies
  • Discovery Place
    9.135 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Science Museum
    Popular withFamiliesAdventure




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Charlotte reviews & trip reports

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    Family Travelers
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  • 7.3
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 6.9
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  • 6.4
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Foster City, California, USA

Charlotte is a nice city, clean downtown with a few interesting things to see and do.

Recommended for:Family Travelers
Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Quaint and quiet city, with some attractions and a lot of good food. The city has nice museums and good malls but I would get bored if I spent more than a day here.

Recommended for:FoodiesLuxury Travelers
San Luis Obispo, California, USA

With a lot of huge malls, a Cheesecake Factory, a football stadium, colleges, big corporations and a lot of land, this is one of America's most fastest growing cities! Every time I go visit, they are always building new structures and opening new businesses. It is a big commuter city so traveling with a car is a must. Check out their Childrens Science museum and stay in the downtown area if you want to go to the football game.

Recommended for:Business TravelersFamily TravelersStudentsLuxury Travelers
Anderson, South Carolina

Philip and I at the ACC Championship game. It was a wonderful day, made lots of memories. And, we won the game!! Go Tigers!!

Recommended for:Family Travelers
London, UK

It's not Raleigh-Durham but is a nice place to visit. Medium-sized city with a large commuter campus for UNC, lots of open spaces, and easy to get around.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersBusiness TravelersStudents
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is my second time to Charlotte and I'm still in love with it. It's a clean city, friendly people, and there's some really cool things to do. The city line is beautiful and surrounding it is beautiful tree lines. It has the best of both urban and country!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackersAdventure Travelers
Santa Clara, California, USA

Beautiful city. Reminds me of a better looking and more well-kept San Jose. Tall sky rises... with a blend of modern architecture and history (old buildings and cemeteries) mixed together. Excellent city to visit museums and participate in ghost tours.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBudget TravelersFoodiesOutdoor Enthusiasts
Madison, Wisconsin

Charlotte is a really cool southern town with a lot of history. The downtown area is fun and easy to walk. The suburbs are pretty and worth the drive.

Recommended for:Family Travelers

Really liking so many things about Charlotte. It has some great health options, fantastic raw food. And for the most part some really great down to earth people!

Jackson, Tennessee
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Ive been here in every season. Charlotte has never failed to be a city of beauty