Charlotte, nicknamed as the Queens City, is situated in the Carolinas and has a rich history, excellent nightlife and array of theme parks and sightseeing places that attracts numerous of tourists every year. The city is the twentieth largest cities of the United States is a major hub of business and commerce with 500 companies and over 340 international firms scattered all around its centre. Charlotte is also as the paradise for sports. Various form of sport activities are widely practised within the city such as NASCAR racing, Football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, baseball and is the home of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, some popular names in the world of sports.
The city also offers some world class golf fields and is a popular among its residents. Tourists who especially keep an interest in sports, Charlotte could be the perfect destination for their next escapade. Nevertheless, Charlotte is equally a place of wonder for the array of activities and places of attractions the place has to offer.
The mint museum displays the native as well as the Spanish, American, pre colonial and other regional art and has a rich collection of ceramic and porcelain. It is the most oldest and prominent museums of the State of Carolina and covers a large area in the Randolph Road of the city. The museum is open on Wednesdays and Tuesdays from 10am till the evening and on Sundays it is open till midnight. The entry to the museum requires a fee that varies according to age and for students there is a special discount on the admission.
If you have a special affiliation with the Mother Nature and crave for anything that is associated with it, then this is just the right place for you. The botanical garden of the State University is truly a treat for the eyes with the wide stretch of land covered with every species of plants, flowers, herbs, shrubs and bushes. There also a mini two storied rainforest located at the garden, wide array of horticulture displays and greenhouses. This place is must for the nature lovers. The garden is free to enter for the tourists and is open everyday till the 3pm
If you are looking forward to doing some quality shopping while your visit at Charlotte, then the SouthPark shopping mall is a must for you. The shopping mall, situated right at the heart of the city, is a major fashion and trend innovator. It is also considered as one of the top shopping spots of the southeast, where the shopping establishes a new definition and experience. Apple, MontBlanc, Sigrid Olsen are some of the leading names of the stores situated here. They are open only on Mondays, from 0am till pm and on Sundays from 12:30 noon toll 6pm. Tourists seeking for the new trends and are visiting Charlotte, must pay a visit to the SouthPark shopping mall.
The best place to relax and have loads of fun while your stay at the city is Cans of Charlotte. Situated at the city centre, the place serves some of the most incredible snacks and quality drinks, just the perfect way to loosen up and get into the swing. Pizza rolls, crispy Twinkies, the tiniest corn dogs and various other uncommon nibbles are sold here. Apart from the refreshments, you can also indulge yourself to the pinball machines and the juke box that are available here. After you are done game playing, don't forget to try the elite drinks that are the speciality of the house.
Held every year during the month of May, the 600 festival is a major attraction for the world wide tourists, especially for those who have a passion for car racing. The festival includes NASCAR as well as various other activities such as concerts and the famous parade that take place in Winston Cup car race and the Busch. Car fanatics from across the country gather here every year to indulge in this exciting festival held at the Motorhead road of Charlotte. The entry is free for all in the festival.