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  • 1. Levine Museum of the New South

    Uptown | Museum/Gallery

    With an 8,000-square-foot exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South, as a jumping-off point...Read More

  • 2. NASCAR Hall of Fame

    Uptown | Museum/Gallery

    This 150,000-square-foot megamuseum has enough going on to intrigue even non-NASCAR fans. A complete visual overload, the racing palace features...Read More

  • 3. Bank of America Corporate Center

    Uptown | Building/Architectural Site

    Architecture fans should make time for a trip to see one of the city's most striking buildings. Designed by Cesar Pelli, this structure rises...Read More

  • 4. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

    Uptown | Museum/Gallery

    With the famed Firebird sculpture out front, there's no way you can miss this part of Uptown's art scene. Covered in mirrors and colored glass...Read More

  • 5. Billy Graham Library

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    People from around the world come here to pay tribute to the life of beloved evangelist Billy Graham, a native of Charlotte. You can tour Graham...Read More

  • 6. Carolinas Aviation Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The star here is the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane—the famed Airbus A320-214 that was safely landed in the Hudson River in January 2009 by the...Read More

  • 7. Carowinds

    South Charlotte | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Home of the Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas' first double-launch roller coaster that goes from 0 to 42 mph in just 2.5 seconds, Carowinds is...Read More

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  • 8. Charlotte Museum of History

    East Charlotte | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1774, this stone building is the oldest dwelling in the county. Hezekiah Alexander and his wife, Mary, reared 10 children in this house...Read More

  • 9. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    This bright garden is known for its painterly display of colors. There's a perennial garden, wildflower meadow, Canal Garden, an orchid conservatory...Read More

  • 10. Discovery Place Nature

    Freedom Park | Museum/Gallery

    You'll find a butterfly pavilion, bugs galore, live animals, nature trails, a puppet theater, and hands-on exhibits just for children at this museum. ...Read More

  • 11. Discovery Place Science

    Uptown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Allow at least two hours for the aquariums, the three-story rain forest, and the IMAX Dome Theater. Lie on a bed of nails, conduct experiments...Read More

  • 12. Fourth Ward

    Uptown | Neighborhood/Street

    Charlotte's popular old neighborhood began as a political subsection created for electoral purposes in the mid-1800s. The architecture and...Read More

  • 13. Historic Latta Plantation

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The last remaining Catawba River plantation open to the public, this living-history site interprets 19th-century farm life in North Carolina...Read More

  • 14. Mint Museum Randolph

    East Charlotte | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1836 as the first U.S. Mint, this building has been a home for art since 1936. The holdings in its impressive permanent collections...Read More

  • 15. Mint Museum Uptown

    Uptown | Museum/Gallery

    With five stories and 145,000 square feet of space, this is a must-see for art lovers. Expect rotating special exhibits as well as permanent...Read More

  • 16. Neighborhood Theatre

    North Davidson | Arts/Performance Venue

    Once called the Astor Theater, this circa-1945 former movie palace is now a venue that has hosted concerts by the likes of the Indigo Girls...Read More

  • 17. President James K. Polk State Historic Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This state historic site 10 miles south of central Charlotte marks the humble birthplace and childhood home of the 11th U.S. president, nicknamed...Read More

  • 18. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

    Mine

    This historic site, about 22 miles east of Charlotte, is where America's first documented gold rush began, after Conrad Reed discovered a 17...Read More

  • 19. Richard Petty Driving Experience

    Sports Venue

    If you want to indulge your inner race-car driver, take lessons through the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You can drive a NASCAR-style stock...Read More

  • 20. The Evening Muse

    North Davidson | Arts/Performance Venue

    Hear live music nightly at this popular venue situated in the center of the NoDa Arts District, or wait for "Find Your Muse," its frequent open...Read More

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