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The Queen City is much more than NASCAR, as you'll soon find out. The "Uptown" area has plenty of coffee shops and museums. The area is easily accessible by foot or public transportation.
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5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214, USA
U.S. National Whitewater Center is home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, offering activities like whitewater rafting and kayaking, flat water kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, a canopy tour, team building, and...
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NoDa, Charlotte, NC, USA
In NoDa, craft beer pubs, wine bars, and live music joints are plentiful, all within walking distance of the main intersection of Davidson and 36th. This neighborhood is a great location to experience the flavors and nightlife that local...
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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7th Street Public Market is in the space once occupied by Reid's Market. Wine, beer, sushi, meat, seafood, wild game, produce, pastries, sandwiches, coffee, pizza, cheese, sweets, etc. I took this photo on a weekday morning. As the day progresses...
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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James Yoder established Not Just Coffee in 2011. You can't find a better selection of pour-over coffee or handcrafted espresso anywhere. The atmosphere is hip, part of the trendy new 7th Street Market (formerly Reid's). Go more than once, and you...
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2424 North Davidson St #102, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
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Local bakery and cafe Amélie's will satisfy your caffeine cravings and tempt your sweet tooth. The main North Davidson Street location, open 24/7/365, welcomes customers with a wide display of sweets, such as salted caramel brownies, rainbow hued...
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1235 East Blvd B, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
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Dilworth Coffee is one of the few shops in town that roasts their own beans. While the drinks alone are great, the friendly baristas and communal energy contribute to your desire to support this local business. You'll find some of the best...
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500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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Named to differentiate it from its sister museum, Mint Randolph, Mint Uptown is in Charlotte's version of downtown. The Randolph location was the state's first art museum, housed in the original branch of the United States Mint. The name stuck, so...
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300 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Romare Bearden Park is a recent addition to Uptown Charlotte’s landscape. Go for a jog on the brick walkway encompassing the park, let the kids don their swimsuits and run through the cascading water, play Frisbee with the dog, or stretch out with...
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101 W Stonewall St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Comprised of four separate venues, the Levine Center for the Arts is one of Charlotte's leading cultural destinations. It holds 1400 works of art by modern artists including Picasso and Warhol, contributions of the African diaspora to American...
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201 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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Located on the 15th floor of the Ritz Carlton, this lounge will surely provide a wonderful finish to your evening. After enjoying dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Uptown, jump on the main elevator of the Ritz Carlton, get a table...
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500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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While most of my favorite meals are usually cheap and humble, I enjoy splurging on a truly memorable meal. My visit to Halcyon Flavors From the Earth in Charlotte was just that. After wandering around the Mint Uptown art museum for a few hours, I...
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Interactive experiments and exhibits at Discovery Place, located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, are sure to entertain the most inquisitive of minds. See, hear, and touch science in completely new ways. IMAX Dome films and hands-on activities...
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235 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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Everything on your table at Harvest Moon Grille is sourced from within 100 miles of Charlotte. This is what you could call a Farmer-to-Fork restaurant. Chef/owner Cassie Parsons is also the owner of Grateful Growers Farm, located in Lincoln...
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Charlotte, NC, USA
Come for the beautiful architecture, as well as the vast collections. The museum is located uptown, with lots of great bars and restaurants within easy walking distance.
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200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
The Levine Museum of the New South provides an interesting overview of the history and development of the Carolinas, from the Civil War to the present day, with a strong cultural focus. If you've never visited Charlotte before, this museum offers...
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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The “local” in Local Loaf, one of the newest additions to 7th Street Market, is not just a ploy to jump on the farm-to-plate bandwagon. These guys mean what they say. Pretty much everything on the menu is locally sourced. I had the pleasure of...
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150 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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Once I land on a favorite dish at a restaurant, I order it repeatedly on subsequent visits. Rooster’s is no exception—I usually go with the spit-fire roasted natural quarter chicken with a side of yukon puree. It is browned and crispy on the...
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333 A East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Charlotte B-cycle is an excellent way to see the sights of the city. Simply rent a bicycle at a B-station in town and go. Charlotte is full of beautiful and historic neighborhoods—you need to take your time while pedaling through to enjoy them....
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400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
The 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame entertains fans and honors legends of the sport. Learn about the icons that shaped NASCAR throughout history, all while experiencing interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits, including behind-the-scene...
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2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206, USA
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Todd Ford is a retired commercial pilot who discovered he had a knack for brewing. His home brews were so well-crafted and popular among his friends that he and his wife Suzie decided to branch out. They opened NoDa Brewing Company in 2011 and...
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W Park Ave & Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
If you’re looking for something to do with your family on a Friday evening, look no further than Food Truck Friday in Southend. The Herban Legend, Papiqueso, and Southern Cake Queen are just a few of the mobile cuisine offerings at Camden & Park....
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3201 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
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In Charlotte, North Carolina's NoDa (North Davidson) district, several old mills have been converted into art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Stop by Cabo Fish Taco and try the BBQ Mahi Tacos. There is a load of flavor packed into each flour...
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601 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
The iconic Westin Charlotte has made a name for itself as one of the best hotels in town. With all rooms providing views of the city, every view is a good one. The hotel has direct access to the LYNX rail and is within walking distance of all the...