Charlotte, North Carolina thrives on community. Each neighborhood is home to local business owners, entrepreneurs, families and students who shape its identity. Around every corner, you’ll find breweries and high-end boutiques, art galleries and food trucks, all working together to create a vibe that’s uniquely Charlotte.
Seated on the North Carolina and South Carolina state line, Carowindsamusement park is home to the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325. The 2016 winner of Amusement Today’s famed Golden Ticket Award for “Best Steel Coaster," thrill-seekers climb to a towering 325-foot peak—before dropping sharply at a hair-raising 81 degrees.
As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, The Mint Museum is a Charlotte cultural institution that affords hundreds of collections showcasing art and design from around the globe comprised through two dynamic Facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph
Uptown?Head straight to Angeline’s at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel to satisfy your quench with a Cold Storage (concocted with Dubbonet blanc apertif) cocktail. The Italian-influenced restaurant, led by executive chef Robert Hoffman, offers seasonally driven cuisine using organic and sustainable ingredients—while the bar program, led by Henry Schmulling, takes its inspiration from Italy with a curated beverage list featuring grappa, Italian craft beers and amaros, along with an inventive craft cocktail list.
Midtown? You'll find yourself right at home (with unmatched views of the Charlotte skyline) once you enter Vivace—a hip, modern Italian restaurant featuring a creative cocktail menu that includes homemade seasonal cellos and an extensive, exclusively Italian wine list. Give yourself that much needed perk with their Espresso Martini made with fresh ground illy beans.
If adventure rafting is your forte, Charlotte is also home to the world's largest man-made whitewater river and official Olympic Training site, the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Encompassing 1,300 acres that run along the banks of the Catawba River, USNWC boasts multiple zip lines that will have you clutching your harness as you glide through the air. Overcome your fear of heights by conquering the 60-foot or 100-foot free fall jump.
Charlotte looks like a brand new city, but there’s a lot of history here. Its roots run deep in the Old South, way back before the American Revolution. As the New South dawned after the Civil War, Charlotte took off—first as a railroad junction and then as a cotton mill hub. In 1799 a totally unexpected event put Charlotte on the money map. A boy named Conrad Reed picked up a 17-pound rock that glittered. It turned out to be the first piece of gold ever discovered in North America. Deep below the Uptown offices of Charlotte’s banking executives lies an intricate web of mining tunnels that are ultimately responsible for the rise of the banking city.