From the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to the Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, North Carolina, continues to attract visitors who want to expand their knowledge and learn more about history. This Southern metropolis has historic houses and grand galleries, as well as contemporary attractions that appeal to all ages. Stay in downtown Charlotte hotels to be close to the many museums and landmarks in the "Hornets Nest."
Take a flight to Charlotte and head straight to Charlotte Center City, the nucleus of "Queen City." The area is home to some of the tallest buildings in North Carolina, including the 60-story Bank of America Corporate Center; the city's skyline is a powerful reminder that this is the largest U.S. banking center outside New York City. For more impressive examples of contemporary design, head to the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, on 220 N Tryon Street. The museum, established in 1999, holds coins and currency, Spanish colonial art, and fashions and costumes from yesteryear. Traveling with children? Visit nearby Discovery Place, which is close to hotels in downtown Charlotte. Little ones will love interacting with science-based exhibits or watching a movie in the IMAX Dome theater. Must-see attractions include a frozen banana hammer! ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, which spans 102,000 square feet, will also inspire young minds. The learning center houses a children's library, family theater, and playhouse. If you still want more culture, visit the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, which hosts exhibits and theater productions throughout the year. Named after the city's first African-American mayor, the four-story building was opened in 2009.
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