The “Queen City” is the largest city in North Carolina and the 18th largest
in the United States. Halfway between
the Appalachian Mountains and the
Atlantic coast, it is also equidistant from
Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. The
four-season climate and rolling hills
make it geographically appealing, and,
nearby Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, offers a
weekend retreat for Chartlotteans.
Charlotte is the banking capital of
the South and second only to New York
in the U.S. Many Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Charlotte,
including Bank of America, Lowe’s,
Duke Energy and many more. It is the
business capital of the state and has seen
exceptional growth over the last decade.
Charlotte and the surrounding areas
have accumulated over 240 energy-oriented businesses.
You’ll never run short of activities—
culture abounds in the Queen City with
numerous theatres and museums.
Rock, jazz, punk, reggae, hip-hop—the
area’s variety of venues, which range from
neighborhood watering holes to 20,000
seat arenas, attract musical talent with
sounds that satisfy.
Charlotte is home to some of the
nation’s foremost museums and galleries.
The Mint Museums and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art guide visitors through
ever-changing exhibits featuring some of
the world’s finest collections. The Levine
Museum exhibits some of the most fascinating collections of post-Civil War
Southern history, including its award-winning centerpiece exhibit, Cotton
Fields to Skyscrapers. Discovery Place,
the South’s premiere hands-on science
and technology center located in Center
City, features more than 300 exhibits
including a live rain forest.
Charlotte theatre offers award-winning Broadway shows and productions.
Enjoy an opera or ballet at NC Blu-menthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk
Theatre or Knight Theater. And make
your evening complete with dinner at one
of the many fine Charlotte restaurants.
If professional sports are your fancy—
Charlotte has pro football, hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer teams. NASCAR fans are in for real treat with the
NASCAR Hall of Fame. Eighty percent of
Sprint Cup drivers call Charlotte home.
left: © istockphoto.com/Jill lang; right: © istockphoto.com/skyhobo