Introduction to Charlotte North Carolina

Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina in the United States. North Carolina is located on the southeast coast of the United States, and Charlotte is located on the southwest border with South Carolina. The Charlotte metropolitan area has a population of about two million and is in the subtropical climate range of the United States. The weather is typically cool in the winter and hot and muggy in the summer. Even though the city lies far inland, it has been hit by one hurricane in recent history. It has also been plagued by ice storms in the winter, so the weather, while usually pleasant, can be volatile.

Charlotte was named after the German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg. The county it is located in is called Mecklenburg, after the same princess. The economy of Charlotte is principally centered on the large influx of banks which began using this southern city as a center of commerce in the seventies and eighties. It is home to Bank of America and was the headquarters of Wachovia before it failed.

For transportation, Charlotte has a rapid transit system including light rail. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport brings visitors there from all over the world and it is part of the Amtrak rail system with service to Washington, D.C. and points north. The city lies on the interstate highway system so it is also easily accessible by automobile from nearby Atlanta.

For the sports enthusiast, Charlotte is home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, as well as regional Ice Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, and Rugby teams. With its proximity to local mountains and streams, it is also a center for whitewater rafting and kayaking. NASCAR fans will know Charlotte for the nearby Lowe’s Motor Speedway and has always been a major hub for stock car racing.

Accommodations in Charlotte are easy to find as all major chains have multiple locations around this busy city. There are also several locally owned and operated resort hotels and many bed and breakfasts can be found in the city as well as the surrounding mountains and countryside. There are more than eighty golf courses in the city, so the golf enthusiast will not want for a place to practice and play. And for pure family fun and relaxation, there are over two hundred parks maintained by the city and county in the area.

Anyone looking for a good place to dine will not be disappointed in Charlotte either. There are many four star restaurants in the city for fine dining, and for those looking for a little southern cooking, the city is filled with many fine choices. You should also check out the local barbecue places for some local flavor as well.

The shopper will have plenty of places to go as there are several major malls with all the high end anchor stores. The bargain hunter won’t be disappointed by the huge array of outlet malls which are scattered around the area. And for those looking for fine furniture, the central part of North Carolina has long been home to some of the finest furniture manufacturers in the world.

Charlotte is home to Billy Graham, so no visit would be compete without visiting the Billy Graham Library. And for family fun, there is the theme park, Carrowinds located nearby. The Carolina Raptor Center is home to countless birds of prey and is a great place to view these exciting birds in a natural habitat.

No matter what you like to see or do, Charlotte has it all and is a great destination for business, pleasure, or just good family fun.