Charlotte is the single most populous city in North Carolina as well as one of the most populous cities in the United States. Having sprung up in the mid 18th century, it should come as no surprise to learn that Charlotte has been a part of U.S. history for a long, long time, which explains a fair amount of its appeal in modern times. On top of this, it should be noted that there are other points of interest as well, with examples ranging from numerous museums to a regular succession of festivals.
Here are 10 things that first-time visitors might be interested in when it comes to Charlotte:
1. Discovery Place
Discovery Place is the Charlotte museum to visit for people who are interested in either science or tech. It serves to both educate and entertain through a combination of exhibits, experiments, and other points of interest.
2. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Meanwhile, people who are more interested in modern art might want to check out the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which more than manages to live up to its name. The place is named for Andreas Bechtler, a Charlotte resident who presented the city with a collection of modern art that had been both assembled and inherited by him.
3. Levine Center for the Arts
Speaking of which, interested individuals might want to check out the rest of the Levine Center for the Arts. After all, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is but one of the institutions that make up the Levine Center for the Arts, with other institutions specializing in other fields of art.
4. Carolinas Aviation Museum
With that said, those who are more interested in aviation might want to make time for a visit to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which is home to more than 50 aircraft as well as a wide range of other aviation-related items. Depending on people's travel plans, it might be interesting for them to know that said institution can be found on the grounds of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
5. Mint Museum
Technically, the Mint Museum consists of two separate locations. Combined, the two house hundreds and hundreds of artworks from a wide range of creators in a wide range of times and places, thus offering interested individuals greater breadth when it comes to the artwork that they will be appreciating.
6. 7th Street Public Market
Sometimes, people can learn a lot about how other people live by seeing where they shop, where they eat, and where they do other normal, day-to-day activities. As a result, first-time visitors might want to check out the 7th Street Public Market, which offers some of that in addition to plenty of opportunities for some fun and excitement along the way.
7. Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR is big in Charlotte, which is why the city is home to a number of institutions of note in that regard. However, none of them can match the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is the motorsport complex that hosts NASCAR races as well as other motorsports in the region.
8. Carolina Raptor Center
The Carolina Raptor Center is situated some distance from Charlotte in Huntersville. However, it is interesting enough that it merits a mention here. In short, it is a rehabilitation center for birds of prey that are in need of help, but more than that, it is a place where interested individuals can learn more about the magnificent animals by seeing them in action.
Carowinds is a popular amusement park for Charlotte as well as much of the surrounding region. As a result, for people who are searching for something to do with their families, Carowinds can make a great place to visit, particularly if they are interested in truly spectacular roller coasters such as the Intimidator.
10. U.S. National Whitewater Center
For people who are interested in something more physical, there is the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which is home to the biggest man-made whitewater river that can be found in the entire world. Naturally, it offers plenty of opportunities for whitewater activities, which are in addition to chances for biking, climbing, and other landbound activities as well.
Written by Garrett Parker
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