Charlotte is one of the largest commercial hubs in North Carolina, especially when it comes to the banking and energy industries. As such, Charlotte welcomes a large number of business travelers annually, and it has the amenities necessary for making every stay memorable. Whether you’re visiting Charlotte for business or for an extended corporate stay, check out these highlights in our guide of things to do in Charlotte.
Charlotte Restaurants & Bars
Gut-busting favorites from chicken to tapas
With a name like Rooster’s, this place is setting the expectations for having some good chicken pretty high. Luckily, they more than pass the test. This is one of the most popular places in town for wood-fired chicken and short ribs. But don’t think you’re going to pay an arm and leg for such high-quality food; the prices are surprisingly affordable. The food is so good here it’s easy to eat until you’re stuffed, but try to save some room for the bourbon bread pudding (it’s to die for). Thankfully, they have two locations in Charlotte.
Southpark, 6601 Morrison Blvd.
Uptown, 150 N. College St.
With three locations in the city, you’re never too far away from Portofino, Charlotte’s best Italian eatery. From exceptional pizza to authentic Italian cuisine like mama used to make, this is the go-to restaurant when you’re hungry. There’s a reason why the locals come here when they’re craving Italian food; yes, it’s that good. Don’t believe us – just wait until you see the line out the door. You might have to wait a while, but the food is definitely it.
5126 Park Rd.
8128 Providence Rd. #100
3124 Eastway Dr. #500
Soul Gastrolounge is the place to visit for insanely delicious tapas. Despite its youthful vibe, there are some serious eats here. Not sure what to pick? Just ask your friendly waiter or waitress; their recommendations are never off-target. The place also serves up some of the best craft cocktails in town, and there’s almost always a DJ spinning eclectic grooves to help set the mood.
1500-B Central Ave.
Vin Master Wine Shop
Vin Master Wine Shop is one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets. It’s one-part wine store and one-part wine bar, and the place is so popular among wine enthusiasts in Charlotte that it is regularly considered one of the best wine rooms in the city. If you want to visit a wine bar with an outstanding selection, affordable corkage fees, and a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, you’ll have a hard time finding someplace better.
2000 South Blvd.
The Thirsty Beaver Saloon
Looking for a rootin’ tootin’ good time in Charlotte? Stop by The Thirsty Beaver Saloon. It’s a gen-u-ine honky-tonk set among some of the city’s trendiest new apartment houses. Best of all, the beer is cold, the people are friendly, and the prices are cheap. In other words, it’s everything you expect from a great neighborhood dive bar.
1225 Central Ave.
Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill
You don’t have to be a fan of the Cohen brothers’ cult classic film to love Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill, but it will help you understand the cocktail menu at this whimsical bar. All of the signature cocktails served here are inspired by The Big Lebowski, like “The Stranger,” “The Nihilist,” and “The Nutty Walter,” just to name a few. Or, you can just order up the Dude’s preference, “The Lebowski Caucasian.” There’s also a generous menu of better-than-average pub specialties, ranging from burgers and tacos to signature sandwiches.
1524 East Blvd.
Charlotte has a little bit of everything
Billy Graham Library
Few of Charlotte’s residents have achieved a level of notoriety as significant as Billy Graham. One of the country’s leading evangelists for several decades, Billy Graham established a ministry that was second to none, and his museum and library serve as an enduring testament to his beliefs and his farm-based roots. True to his nature, admission to the grounds is free.
4330 Westmont Dr.
Charlotte Museum of History
Once the Mint Museum of History, the renamed Charlotte Museum of History is a must-visit for anyone interested in Charlotte’s origins or that of the Carolina Backcountry. The museum sits on the site of Hezekiah Alexander’s Homesite from 1774, considered by historians as the location “where independence began.” It’s impossible not to be inspired by a visit to the Charlotte Museum of History, so make it a part of your travel itinerary and you won’t be sorry.
3500 Shamrock Dr.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
In Charlotte, NASCAR is king and the NASCAR Hall of Fame is where fans of the sport can celebrate its legacy. This 150,000 square foot museum honors all of the sport’s top contributors and personalities, and it is without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in the city. Some of its most popular exhibits include the Belk High Octane Theater, Glory Road, The Great Hall, The Hall of Honor, and Heritage Speedway, just to name a few.
400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden/North Carolina Zoological Park
Charlotte might not have its own city zoo, but that doesn’t mean animal lovers visiting the city are going to feel left out. Just a short drive over to Columbia, South Carolina will bring you to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, in which a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden sit on 170 beautiful acres. Another option is to visit the North Carolina Zoological Park in nearby Asheboro, NC. Comprising more than 2,000 acres, it’s the largest walk-through zoo in the world.
Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Pkwy.
North Carolina Zoo, 4401 Zoo Pkwy.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center has been a Charlotte staple since it opened its doors in 1992. Comprised of six different venues, the Center stands as the go-to resource in Charlotte for everything, from Broadway shows to professional ballet performances. Here, you’ll find the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Ballet, Opera Carolina, and so many other performing arts groups.
130 N. Tryon St.
Home to some of America’s most exciting expansion teams
Baseball: Charlotte Knights
The Charlotte Knights were formed in 1976 (as the Charlotte Orioles), making them the city’s oldest active sports franchise. In 1989, the team name was changed to the Charlotte Knights, and to date, the team has won four league championships. Despite the fact that the team is a minor league team that plays in the International League, it does nothing to dampen the love the city shares with its only baseball team.
BB&T Ballpark, 424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Basketball: Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets entered the NBA as an expansion team in 1988, but the franchise left Charlotte in 2001 for New Orleans despite having a very strong fan following. It would be three years before Charlotte got another pro basketball team, but when it did, the team had to take the name Bobcats because New Orleans took the team name along with the team. Then, in 2013, New Orleans decided to change the name of their team to the Pelicans, thus allowing Charlotte to re-take their original team name back.
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade St.
Football: Carolina Panthers
In 1993, Charlotte was awarded an expansion team franchise by the NFL and thus, the Carolina Panthers were formed. It took just two seasons for the Panthers to win their division, making them one of the most successful expansion teams in league history. In 2003, the team would make it to its first Super Bowl. In 2015, the Panthers would return to the big game. Unfortunately, the Panthers lost both times, but that doesn’t stop Charlotte from feverishly backing their hometown team.
Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint St.
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