The largest city in North Carolina and the biggest US banking center after New York, Charlotte has the sprawling, sometimes faceless look of many New South suburban megalopolises. But although Queen City, as it’s known, is primarily a business town, it’s got a few good museums, stately old neighborhoods and lots of fine food.
Busy Tryon St cuts through skyscraper-filled downtown Charlotte, known as ‘Uptown,’ home to banks, hotels, museums and restaurants. The tiny, funky NoDa neighborhood (short for ‘North Davidson;’ www.noda.org), a collection of renovated textile mills 2 miles north of Uptown at N Davidson St and 36th, is the city’s bohemian refuge.
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Charlotte destination guides
Charlotte Food Tour by Segway
Taste your way through Charlotte in a fun and unique way – on a Segway! Glide through Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward, South End and Dilworth neighborhoods, stopping at several popular local restaurants and eateries along the way to meet the owners and enjoy food tastings.
Charlotte Food Tour by Bike
Taste your way through North Carolina’s biggest city in a fun, scenic way on this Charlotte bike tour. Following your guide on an easy ride, admire sights of sprawling parks, gardens and neighborhoods such as Uptown, South End, Dilworth, NODA and Plaza Midwood.