Charlotte travel guide

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You're Going to Love Charlotte

Whether you are a hardened adrenaline junkie who wants to spend a weekend watching NASCAR, an NFL fan who wants to see the Panthers in action or a culture lover who wants to learn all about the history of the South, Charlotte is the place to be.

Charlotte may be fast growing (with around 2 million people in the Metropolitan area), but it has a compact core that is easy to navigate. In one day, you can skip from the masterpieces of the Mint Museum to the galleries of NoDo, to craft ale bars in South End like the Craft Growler Shop and classic soul food eateries like Nana's.

The city's calendar is also crammed with events, from the massive Heroes comic book convention to the celebration of raw speed that is Speed Street, and Taste of Charlotte, the best chance anyone will have to sample the whole spectrum of southern cooking.

On top of all that, Charlotte is friendly, down to earth and constantly changing. It's quickly attracting attention from vacationers across the country, so why not join them?

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What to do in Charlotte

When to Visit Charlotte

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Most people prefer visiting Charlotte in the shoulder seasons of late spring and early fall. High summer can be a little too hot and humid, but spring and fall are ideal. April is a good month for food fans, with the Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend and Craft Beer Week, but May is the time to visit if you love NASCAR, as major races combine with the Speed Street Festival.

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Where to Stay in Charlotte

The city center is home to all of Charlotte's highest-quality accommodation, and it's the place to base yourself if you want to see all the sights as conveniently as possible. Luxury options in Uptown Charlotte include the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and the Hampton Inn Charlotte University Place while the La Quinta Inn and Suites is great if you need somewhere close to the airport.

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Shopping Streets

Central Charlotte isn't really a major retail destination, but you can find some great places to shop for apparel, crafts, art and jewelry in NoDa. N Davidson Street is the place to look for souvenirs. Check out the art at Pura Vida Worldly Art and Blended Bartique, an unusual fusion of boutique and bar. If you are looking for a standard mall, head to the SouthPark Mall, around 6 miles south of Uptown, where you'll find major brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, the LEGO store and the North Face.

Groceries and Other

Charlotte is an excellent place to buy fresh produce, with places like the NoDa Farmers' Market and Simpson's Produce very close to the city center. There's a Whole Foods on Fairview Road, a Trader Joe's on Metropolitan Avenue and plenty of suburban supermarkets like Walmart, Aldi and Compare Foods. Prices are generally lower than most American cities. Expect to pay around $3.20 for a gallon of milk and $12-13 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Charlotte

Southern food like yams, grits and fried chicken are king in Charlotte, and the best places to try them are local favorites like Nana's Soul Food Kitchen, Lola's and Mert's Heart and Soul. For Mexican dishes like chicken and black beans, head to the Roasting Company while King's Kitchen is the place to head for fried chicken. There's a large Asian community in Charlotte as well, and some of the best Asian options include Seoulfood Meat Co, the Viet-Thai Noodle House, and Genghis Grill. In fact, there's plenty of choice, no matter what kind of cuisine you prefer. Prices shouldn't be more than $15 at a mid-range place, and $25-35 for a high-end meal.

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