Charlotte is the most populous city in North Carolina, as well as one of the most populous cities in the United States. Having emerged in the mid-18th century, it should come as no surprise to learn that Charlotte has been a part of American history for a long, long time, which explains much of its appeal in modern times. In addition to this, it should be noted that there are other points of interest as well, with examples ranging from numerous museums to a regular succession of festivals.
Here are 10 things first-time visitors might be interested in when it comes to Charlotte:
1. Place of discovery
Discovery Place is Charlotte’s must-see museum for people interested in science or technology. It serves both to educate and to entertain through a combination of exhibits, experiments, and other points of interest.
2. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Meanwhile, people who are more interested in modern art may want to visit the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which manages to live up to its name. The place is named after Andreas Bechtler, a Charlotte resident who presented the city with a collection of modern art that had been collected and inherited by him.
3. Levine Center for the Arts
Speaking of which, interested individuals may want to see the rest of the Levine Center for the Arts. After all, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is just one of the institutions that make up the Levine Center for the Arts, along with other institutions specializing in other fields of art.
4. Carolinas Aviation Museum
That said, those who are more interested in aviation may want to make time to visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which houses more than 50 aircraft, as well as a wide range of other aviation-related items. Depending on people’s travel plans, it may be interesting for them to learn that said institution is located on the grounds of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
5. Museum of the Casa de la Moneda
Technically, the Currency Museum consists of two separate locations. Combined, the two are home to hundreds and hundreds of artworks from a wide range of creators across a wide range of times and places, giving interested individuals greater breadth when it comes to the artwork they will appreciate.
6. 7th Street Public Market
Sometimes people can learn a lot about how other people live by seeing where they shop, where they eat, and where they do other normal day-to-day activities. As a result, first-time visitors may want to visit the 7th Street Public Market, which offers some of that plus plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement along the way.
7. Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR is big in Charlotte, which is why the city is home to several notable institutions in that regard. However, none of them can match Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is the motorsports complex that hosts NASCAR races and other motorsports in the region.
8. Carolina Raptor Center
The Carolina Raptor Center is located some distance from Charlotte in Huntersville. However, it is interesting enough that it deserves a mention here. In short, it is a rehabilitation center for raptors in need of help, but more than that, it is a place where interested individuals can learn more about the magnificent animals by seeing them in action.
Carowinds is a popular amusement park for Charlotte, as well as much of the surrounding region. As a result, for people looking for something to do with their families, Carowinds can be a great place to visit, especially if they are interested in truly spectacular roller coasters like the Intimidator.
10. US National Whitewater Center.
For people who are interested in something more physical, there is the US National Whitewater Center, which is home to the largest man-made whitewater river to be found anywhere in the world. Naturally, it offers many opportunities for whitewater activities, adding to the opportunities for biking, climbing, and other land-based activities.