Charlotte also called 'Queen city' gets it's name after King George III 's wife Queen Charlotte Sophia. It is one of the biggest cities of North Carolina and one of the fastest growing in the US .It is a cool place to visit with many museums, lively streets, parks, shopping and dining. We stayed in the uptown area.It has nice streets and places to walk around ,with lot of fun sight seeing and awesome restaurants to enjoy! We loved visiting here and have compiled some of the must see places especially if travelling with kids .
NASCAR Hall of Fame: If you are a race car fan ,NASCAR enthusiast or not this place is worth a visit to experience the history and heritage of NASCAR .They have many displays of interactive exhibits, historic race cars and other artifacts. The high Octane theater has a 64 feet wide projection screen for special events.There are many other exhibits and a simulator for enthusiastic folks to experience the race first hand.
Carolinas aviation museum : This aviation museum is located in the vicinity of the Charlotte Douglas International airport .One of the main attractions is the "Mircale on the Hudson" , Airbus A320 in the US Airways Flight 1549 which took off from NY's LaGuardia airport and landed on the Hudson due to birds striking it during take off .The escape of all the passengers was really miraculous.There is even a movie "Sully" which is based on this true story. Other than that, the museum has many civil, commercial ,military aircrafts, helipcopters ,memorabilia and collection of artifacts from the legacy airlines. They also have a flight simulator for those who would like to experience it .A great place to spend an afternoon with kids and adults alike.
Discovery place science : This science and technology museum is famously known for its exciting interactive shows, educational movies, stimulating exhibitions, IMAX theatre and lot of fun activities for kids and adults alike.
The uptown also has many awesome places to dine and many are at walking distance with shady trees and it was a wonderful experience.
Freedom Park : A large , lush green and beautiful park with a big lake, trees and bridges which sprawls about 7 acres .There are many trails to walk and play areas for kids.The beautiful scenery makes it a wonderful photography spot as well. It has many recreational fields for all sports . The walking paths are linked to the longer sugar creek green way. A great place to relax in the nature after all the walking and museum visits .
There are many more places to visit in Charlotte like the Imaginon known for the library and children's theatre experiences, Carowinds amusement park for awesome rides, Billy graham library for a tour and visit and so on . Since ours was a short trip we had only enough time to explore the places listed but it was indeed a wonderful well spent time .