One of the largest cities in the southeast and the largest in the Carolinas, Charlotte is quickly growing to become a top destination on the east coast. It’s popular among many different travelers, as it accommodates to all groups of people from young singles to families to retirees. The largest city in the Carolinas, Charlotte offers things to do that many other local cities simply don’t offer. Furthermore, it’s just a short jaunt from an outdoor excursion to the mountains.
The largest city between D.C. and Atlanta, many people travel to Charlotte simply because as a large metro, it offers such a wide-gamut of things to do. Charlotte is an expansive city, though most of the Queen City’s best attractions are in the general Uptown district. Freedom Park is Charlotte’s own mini version of Central Park. Stretching across 100 acres of land, Freedom Park caters to the outdoor and sports enthusiasts, with walking trails, tennis and other outdoor offerings.
The most popular attraction in Charlotte among younger crowds is Paramount Carowinds. Many people travel hours to Charlotte just to spend a day at Carowinds. Where as Freedom Park is Charlotte’s own Central Park, then Carowinds is the city’s Disney World. The Charlotte amusement park features over 100 acres of amusement rides and games for all ages. It’s predominantly known for the many adrenaline rushing roller coasters. However, during hot summer days, the amusement park’s waterpark area is where you’ll find many visitors.
During the warmer months in Charlotte, between April and October, one of the best outdoor activities is seeing a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. One of the largest concert venues in the south, it features top headliners each year. Although it features a different lineup each season, there are many musicians that frequent the Charlotte amphitheater, including the Dave Matthews Band.
For travelers who would rather be indoors, and for winter travel to Charlotte, the Queen City offers many museum offerings. For families, children and teenagers, there’s Discovery Place, which is one of Charlotte’s most popular museums. It features many hands-on and interactive exhibits and activities for kids and teenagers and includes as IMAX Dome Theater. As a rising southern metro for the display of art, the downtown Charlotte area features many art galleries and museums. The Mint Museum of Craft and Design is one of the premier art attractions in Charlotte. It holds one of the largest art and design collections in Charlotte.
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