Charlotte, North Carolina: An Urban Gem With Southern Charm
Charlotte, nicknamed the "Queen City," is the perfect travel destination if you want to soak up some old Southern charm. This recently revitalized city offers visitors chic urban amenities—like galleries and farm-to-table restaurants—as well as history lessons, thanks to museums like the Levine Museum of the New South. As soon as you touch down at the airport, pick up your car rental and start navigating the traffic to Charlotte.
Check Out the Museums
Many of Charlotte's best museums are located in the Uptown district. This includes the Mint Museum, an art museum that exhibits fine art, crafts, costumes, and textiles. The Discovery Place is located just five minutes from the Mint by car; this kid-friendly science museum is filled with hands-on exhibits that explore ecosystems, physics, and more. Just two blocks from the Discovery Place is the Levine Museum of the New South, which offers a comprehensive examination of the post-Civil War South.
Located about 15 miles northeast of the city, the Charlotte Motor Speedway is a must-see venue for NASCAR fans. The speedway hosts races in May and October, but visitors can take tours of the venue throughout the year. These tours offer a behind-the-scenes look into NASCAR history. NASCAR enthusiasts can also check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a driving-themed museum with racing simulators and hands-on exhibits.
Spend Some Time Outside
As you travel around Charlotte with your car rental, take a few minutes to enjoy the city's scenic natural venues. Just a few minutes' drive north of the city, Freedom Park is a 100-acre park with biking paths, picnic spots, and tennis courts. If you drive 30 minutes east of Freedom Park, you'll arrive at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a 500-acre facility that features the country's largest man-made whitewater river. Visitors can go rafting, try paddleboarding, and more.
Are you interested in touring this lovely Southern city? Book your car rental today to travel independently through Charlotte.