Charlotte Travel Guide

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About Charlotte

Charlotte is a place with many faces. First and foremost, it's a city setting the pace for economic development in the Southeast. It has 325 Fortune 500 companies, over 300 international firms and a banking center second only to New York's in size — no one disputes the fact that the Queen City is running on all cylinders. As corporate growth has exploded, the city has transformed itself to accommodate the growing numbers of employees, travelers and families arriving each day. Cutting edge restaurants and tasteful, contemporary shopping centers have cropped up from Trade Street to Ballantyne. All the while, great care has been taken to nurture and preserve the sites and traditions that are distinctively Charlotte.

Combining Carolina charm with cosmopolitan flair, Charlotte offers plenty of terrific ways to pass the time. The city is a sports mecca that hosts its fair share of big-time collegiate sports events, from NCAA hoops tourneys to bowl games. It's also home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, both of whom enjoy loyal followings. Of course, it's what happens just north of the city at Lowe's Motor Speedway that draws the biggest, loudest crowds: NASCAR.

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