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Charlotte, the QC, is a dynamic city with lively culture, historical mainstays, vibrant nightlife, eclectic shopping, professional sports and numerous notable landmarks. The city has a moderate temperature with splendid daylight and clear skies that attracts huge crowds.

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History of Charlotte

In 1969, the city of Charlotte was established and named after the Queen Charlotte, who was the King George III wife. In 1775, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed in order to be free from British rule. There was a gold rush in 1799 after someone found out the gold nuggets. The city gradually became the mining town, with the US Mint being established here. Later, the gold rush died due to non-availability of gold.

Charlotte in the late 1880s was considered as the center for textiles. The hydroelectric power and the railroad were set up near Charlotte. In 1903, Charlotte turned into a textile producing center. Many developments happened in the city, and soon the city got a significant spot on the business and industry map of the United States. Later, Charlotte became the financial hub. Presently, Charlotte is the major United States financial center, and second largest banking hub in the US.

Important Locations in Charlotte

Charlotte, the “Queen City” has lots to offer- museums, historic districts, lovely outdoors, lively music, sporting events and many more locations to explore. There is a plenty to do and see in Charlotte. We have listed some of the important locations that you ought not to miss while visiting Charlotte.

Charlotte Museum of History

Know about Charlotte and the surrounding areas at the Charlotte Museum of History. This museum possesses five permanent exhibits.

Discovery Place

Explore science, technology and engineering at Discovery Place. Discover Place has three museums- the Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place, and the Discover Place Kids.

Paramount's Carowinds

Carowinds is an amusement park offers many things for fun and entertainment. It has several exhibits, special effects shows, roller-coasters, and a water park. Click Here to get more information.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall of Fame has interesting hands-on exhibits that give behind-the-scenes look of NASCAR. Learn more here.

Mint Museum of Art

Mint Museum of Art features several exhibits, including Contemporary, American and European artwork, decorative arts, textiles, paintings, and many permanent collections, from pre-historic to modern times. Get more details here.

Levine Museum of the New South

Levine Museum of the New South features the southern history post-Civil War. For more information, Visit Here.

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers diverse habitats and landscapes. It has a nature center, a lake, play areas, butterfly garden, and trails.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has many thematic gardens put together in a sequence. Discover more about the garden.

Carolina Raptor Center

The Carolina Raptor Center is home to several creatures, such as owls, hawks, eagles and many more. Visit here for more details.

Billy Graham Library

Billy Graham Library is dedicated to the religious leader Billy Graham. It contains the art exhibits, memorabilia, photos and films of Billy Graham. Get more information about the Library.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum features the flights history. Know more about the museum.

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People and Culture of Charlotte

Charlotte is a lovely city populated by people from diverse backgrounds. From its several museums and historic sites to the symphony and children's museum and theater, the city is full of culture. Charlotte is regarded as one of the US most livable cities, as the city has low crime rate, low cost of living and affordable housing market as well.
Some of the popular people who have their roots in Charlotte, North Carolina are as follows: Nina Simone, Fred Durst, Michael C. Hall, Andrew Johnson, Ben E. King, Clay Aiken, Edward R. Murrow, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Little Eva, Eric Church, and many more.

Time Zones and Phone Codes of Charlotte

Time Zones of Charlotte: Charlotte, North Carolina is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -5 hours (Eastern Standard Time)
Daylight saving time: 1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -4 hour (Eastern Daylight Time, or EDT)

Phone Code of Charlotte: Charlotte Area code is 704

Best Time to Visit Charlotte

The best time to visit Charlotte is during spring (March- May) and fall (September to November). During these seasons, the weather is pleasant and also hotels have agreeable rates. You can also visit in summer (June to August) because of the extended hours provided by some of the best spots in the city. This is a peak tourism time in Charlotte with the influx of people from around the world. Many of the sporting and music festivals are held during summer months. Winter is the off-season period, it can get chilly.

Charlotte hosts many racing and many other sporting events annually. Some of the key festivals/events in Charlotte:

PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship
Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend
Charlotte Pride
Taste of Charlotte
Carolina Renaissance Festival

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