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From its Olympic-caliber whitewater rafting to its NASCAR heritage, Charlotte is an explorer’s paradise. The Queen City is a haven of charming eateries and fine dining establishments, churning out everything from signature comfort food to international delights. It’s a craft beer mainstay and a booming metropolis for big business. Groups can walk mile upon mile of beautiful terrain and discover the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

 “Charlotte has come into its own as a thriving metropolitan city,” said Karen Brand, director of communications at the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “The region welcomed more than 29 million people in 2018, and continues to grow its cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences, making it even more desirable to visitors from around the world.”

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority


Nascar Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Inside of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, learn about the history of motorsports and see memorabilia from some of the racing world’s greatest moments. Pay tribute to trailblazers of the sport and get in on the action through interactive activities including a pit stop change challenge and a chance to get behind the wheel in a racing stimulator. 


Charlotte Premium Outlets
Charlotte Premium Outlets, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Nestled in Charlotte’s booming Steele Creek community is the Charlotte Premium Outlets.  The city’s newest upscale outlet center features stunning collections from notable fashion designers and luxury and name brand manufacturers. Shop over 50 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Coach New York, Michael Kors and more.


U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Experience Charlotte’s beauty and brawn at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Drink in the Catawba River’s tranquil scenery while stand-up paddle boarding or soaring down a zip line. Try the world’s first permanent Deep Water Solo climbing complex and explore new limits at a place where Olympians log hours of practice and accomplish feats of strength.


Optimist Hall
Optimist Hall, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Located inside an early 1800s renovated mill, the recently opened Optimist Hall features a food hall, retail, restaurants and creative office spaces. Optimist Hall is the largest food hall in the city and one of the largest in the state. Groups can get a bite of Charlotte’s food truck favorites, including the Dumpling Lady, Papi Queso and more.