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48 Hours in Charlotte

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Charlotte boasts world-class attractions, diverse shopping, eclectic dining and lively nightlife. The city has plenty of spots apiece for history buffs, art and culture lovers, adventure and thrill enthusiast, travelers with kids, and shopaholics. Pack your bags and get ready for a fun time in Charlotte! Explore the Queen City in 48 hours through this guide.

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Day 1- Explore the Queen City!

9:00am- Breakfast at Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Start your day off with a scrumptious breakfast at the Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe. This breakfast joint serves up delish coffee, vegan and organic kind of famous dishes, pancakes, omelets, and more. Do try their Bunny Rancheros. Awesome spot to kick off the day well!

Address: 1601 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States
Phone: 1 704-332-3663

10:00am – History session at Levine Museum of the New South!

History buffs, the Levine Museum of the New South is your spot. This museum features the rotating exhibits that depict the evolution of the post-Civil War, from the late 1800s to the present day.

Address: 200 East 7 St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 1 704-333-1887
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00m; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Website: www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Distance from Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe: 2.0 miles or 9 minutes drive

11:00am- Edutainment at Discovery Place!

For some fun and learning, head over to the Discovery Place. This spot features interactive science and technology exhibits.  Also, kids can explore the world of science through creative play activities at this spot. Hands-on fun at spot!

Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 1 704-372-6261
Website: www.discoveryplace.org

Distance from the Levine Museum of the New South: 0.1 miles or 1 minute drive

12:00pm- Rev up Your Engines!

Head over to NASCAR Hall of Fame! This place features high-tech racing exhibits, tire-changing station, simulator rides and authentic artifacts. Get a behind-the-scene glimpse of the NASCAR!

Address: 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. , Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: (704) 654-4425
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Website: www.nascarhall.com

Distance from Discovery Place: 0.8 miles or 5 minutes drive

1:00pm- Grab Lunch at Bentley’s on 27!

Enjoy French-American cuisines at Bentley’s on 27 while taking in the splendid views of the city.

Address: 201 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28244, United States
Phone: 704-343-9201
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-10:00pm
Website: www.bentleyson27.com

Distance from NASCAR Hall of Fame: 0.3 miles or 2 minutes drive

2:00pm- Explore the Modern Art at Bechlter Museum of Modern Art!

Up for modern art collection, visit the Bechlter Museum of Modern Art. This museum showcases a great collection of the mid-twentieth century modern art collection. The art work by Calder, Warhol, Picasso, and many more is on display.

Address: 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 1 704-353-9200
Opening hours: Monday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Website: www.bechtler.org
Distance from Bentley’s on 27: 0.5 miles or 4 minutes drive

3:00pm- Catch a show at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center!

Catch a performance at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, be it a local symphony, theatre, opera or dance. Have a great time at this spot!

Address: 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 1 704-372-1000
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Website: www.blumenthalarts.org

Distance from Bechlter Museum of Modern Art: 0.4 miles or 4 minutes drive

4:00pm- Get the Taste of Art at Mint Museum!

Travel over the halls of the Mint Museum which features Contemporary, American and European art. This spot also features Craft Design collection, decorative arts, oil paintings, textiles, and fashion collection, from earliest of times to modern day

Address: 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 704-337-2000
Opening hours: Tuesday 11:00am-9:00pm; Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
Website: www.mintmuseum.org

Distance from Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: 2.8 miles or 11 minutes drive

5:00pm- Time for some Retail Therapy!

Go Shopping at SouthPark Mall that houses some of the latest fashion stores, such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Belk, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Apple, Origins, and many more. Browse through the stores and take your pick!

Address: 4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211, United States
Phone: 704-364-4411
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday 12:30pm-6:00pm
Website: www.simon.com/mall/southpark

Distance from Mint Museum: 4.2 miles or 12 minutes drive

7:00pm- Sunset at Freedom Park!

Spend your evening relaxing at Freedom Park. Whether you’re in mood for relaxation, or want to have picnic, play volleyball or basketball, ride a bike along the greenway, or enjoy an outdoor concert, this place has it all! Stroll along the Sugar Creek and enjoy the nature. Serene Spot!

Address: 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203, United States
Phone: 704-432-4280
Website: www.charmeck.org
Distance from SouthPark Mall: 3.5 miles or 10 minutes drive

8:00pm- Dinner with some Asian Fusion!

Up for a grill fare, head to the Lebowski's Neighborhood Grill (1524 East Boulevard), or want some Asian and Japanese fusion, head over to the Zen Asian Fusion (1716 Kenilworth Ave. Dine at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (1247 East Blvd) which serves delicious Japanese cuisines, visit Lumiere Restaurant (1039 Providence Rd) for French and Japanese fare, or Thai Thai Takeout (1412 East Blvd Ste C) for Thai food.  

10:00pm- Nightlife in the Queen City Starts!

When the sun goes down, the QC comes alive. Head over to the Howl At the Moon (210 E Trade St. StEA-308, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States) for some amazing drinks and live music, or go to TILT on Trade (127 W Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202, United States) that doles out draft beers and cocktails.

12:00pm- The Night is Still Young in the QC!

Tap your feet on the dance floor to some great music at Suite in the EpiCentre.

Address: 210 Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 704-971-7878
Website: www.suitecharlotte.com

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Day 2 – Have a Great Time in Charlotte!

10:00am- Breakfast at Luna’s Living Kitchen

Kick off your day with a creative and healthy breakfast at the Luna’s Living Kitchen. Hop on the LYNX Blue Line light rail and get down at the East West station. You’re a short stroll from Luna’s Living Kitchen which offers scrumptious vegan food and juices made with local and fresh ingredients.  

Address: 2000 South Blvd #300, Charlotte, NC 28203, United States
Phone: 1 704-333-0008
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Website: www.lunaslivingkitchen.com

11:00am- Adventure and Thrill at US National Whitewater Center!

For high-energy recreational activities, head over to the US National Whitewater Center. This spot offers a series of adventure activities, from hiking, mountain biking to rock climbing, kayaking, white-water rafting and ropes.

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte 28214 US
Phone: (704) 391-3900
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Website: www.usnwc.org
Distance from Luna’s Living Kitchen: 13.0 miles or 24 minutes drive

1:00pm- Explore the Billy Graham Library!

Head over to the Billy Graham Library that is dedicated to the evangelist Billy Graham. This library features the life and times of the religious leader Graham through interactive art exhibits, memorabilia, films, videos and photos.

Address: 4330 Westmont Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217, United States
Phone: 1 704-401-3200
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Official site: www.billygrahamlibrary.org

Distance from US National Whitewater Center: 11.5 miles or 19 minutes drive

2:00pm- Fuel your body, Lunch time!

For American fare, head over to Nana's Soul Food Restaurant (2908 Oak Lake Blvd), or if craving for barbecue, head to the McKoy's Smoke House and Saloon (4630 Old Pineville Rd.) which serves yummy bbq, or go to Sauceman's (228 West Blvd.) . You can also go to 300 East (300 East Blvd) for flavorful American fare, or Mr. K's (2107 South Blvd).

3:00pm- A great history tour at Historic Rosedale Plantation!

Have a lovely afternoon at the Historic Rosedale Plantation, an 1815 plantation house with resplendent gardens and living ponds. Take a tour of this spot where the history of the city comes alive!

Address: 3427 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206, United States
Phone: 704-335-0325
Website: www.historicrosedale.org

4:00pm- Kids Fun at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center!

Head over to ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center which encompasses the Children’s theater and a library. Explore the multimedia-oriented exhibits at this spot. Fun for children of all ages!

Address: 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Phone: 1 704-416-4600
Website: www.cmlibrary.org

Distance from Historic Rosedale Plantation: 2.9 miles or 8 minutes drive

6:00pm- Go Shopping at Park Road Shopping Center!

Head over to the Park Road Shopping Center which houses many modern stores. This shopping center has shops, such as hardware items, groceries, home accessories, sporting goods, books, shoes, children's clothes and furniture.

Address: 4343 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209, United States
Phone: 1 803-744-6741
Website: www.parkroadshoppingcenter.com

Distance from ImaginOn: 4.4 miles or 11 minutes drive

Some more shopping? Head to Philips Place that features high-end boutique apparel, specialty stores, upscale stores, such as Via Veneto, Smith & Hawken, Dean & Deluca, and more.

Address: 6700 Phillips Pl Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States
Phone: 1 704-556-0896
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Website: www.phillipsplacecharlotte.com

Distance from Park Road Shopping Center: 3.3 miles or 10 minutes drive

8:00pm- Supper at Upstream

Have delicious sushi and seafood at the Upstream. This eatery offers inventive fare with perfect wine pairings.

Address: 6902 Phillips Place Ct., Charlotte, NC 28210, United States
Phone: 704-556-7730
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm; Sunday 10:30am-10:00pm
Website: www.harpersgroup.com
Distance from Philips place: 0.3 miles or 2 minutes drive

10:00pm- Enjoy the Lively Nightlife in Charlotte!

Hit the dance floor while sipping a few drinks at the popular sports bar StrikeCity (210 E Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202, United States), or head over to the Blue Restaurant & Bar (214 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202, United States) for some live jazz music and martinis. You can also enjoy the nightlife at the Ri Ra Irish Pub (208 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States), the popular watering hole in the city that offers delectable Irish and contemporary American cuisines with craft beer and cocktails.

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