Charlotte: Kick Into High Gear in the Queen City

A crown jewel of the American South

In collaboration with

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)The Mint MuseumHarvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+CultureCharlotte SymphonyOpera CarolinaNASCAR Hall of FameBechtler Museum of Modern ArtLevine Museum of the New SouthMcColl Center for Art + InnovationGoodyear ArtsArts & Science CouncilCarolina Raptor CenterUNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library
Did you know? Over 85% of the world's NASCAR teams are located in the Charlotte region

From outlaw leagues to the big leagues

100 years of sports in Charlotte

A New Era of Sports

How Charlotte grew from mill town baseball leagues and stock car racing to hosting the NBA All-Star Game and landing an MLS team

Did you know? Charlotte is nicknamed the Hornet's Nest because General Cornwallis called it a “Hornet’s Nest of Rebellion” in 1780

The costumes, up close

Art in flight

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is home to one of the largest digital public artworks in the world

The Mural that Changes with Each New Arrival

Providing travelers with a sense of calm, wonder and contemplation.

Did you know? Krispy Kreme was invented in North Carolina. Doughnuts were cooked in the early morning so customers who wanted them hot had to arrive between the hours of midnight and 4am

Free as a bird

Get to know North Carolina's bird population with the Carolina Raptor Center

Did you know? In 1799, local Conrad Reed found a 17-pound gold nugget on his family’s property, starting the national gold rush

Hornet's nests and gold rushes

What made Charlotte the city it is today?

A Whistle-stop Tour of Charlotte's History

The ins and outs of the Queen City's story

Welcome to Charlotte's Brooklyn

Once the most thriving and vibrant black community in the Carolinas

A City Within a City

The rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood

Latinos and the New South

Over the past 30 years the South has emerged as a vibrant Latino community

Did you know? Locals referred to Downtown Charlotte as Uptown for years until 1974 when it was officially renamed

Step on stage

The story of the Charlotte Symphony

Strengthening Community Through Music

If you think the Charlotte Symphony sounds good on stage, listen to all they're doing off stage...