As you'd expect from a stellar city, Charlotte boasts many museums, including the Levine Museum of the New South and Discovery Place Children's Museum. The Billy Graham Library is here, too, and regardless of your beliefs, it is a historical gem you can't miss. Do you have a need for speed? Head to the Hendrick Motorsports Complex for NASCAR excitement, and then pay homage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Motorsports are huge in this area, and Charlotte hotels are anxious to house race fans. If your tastes are more refined, Charlotte's got you covered. The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is a masterpiece of design that attracts major acts year-round. Nature lovers? Grab a tube and head out river rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. If you're not a big planner, tour providers in Charlotte package a bundle of experiences--and will drive you to them!
Recurring Festivals and Events
Should you spring for a Charlotte car rental? Probably so if you want to really explore the area. Don't miss Festival in the Park in September where you can stroll, people watch, and buy local wares. Bands, Brews, and BBQs at Carowinds and Charlotte Pride Week both occur in late summer. The early summer Charlotte Beer Festival is new to the annual calendar, but is quickly becoming a local favorite.
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