Visit Charlotte.

If a trip to the South sounds enticing for its rich history, but you’d also like to experience modern-day Southern comfort and amenities, you’ve landed on the right city. Charlotte is home to mouth-watering barbecue, endless outdoor parks and gardens that offer water sports and scenic trails, and nightlife and musical entertainment for all ages.

Charlotte’s rich history is on full display when you stroll through its streets. From Gilded Age mansions to Federal period architecture, you’ll find several buildings that offer guided tours. Visit Historic Brattonsville, one of many culture and heritage museums in Charlotte. Visitors can learn about the lives of key players during the Revolutionary War. Costumed interpreters share farming and other cultural nuances of the 18th and 19th century that are unique to Charlotte and the South. For more Southern history, visit the Museum of the New South or the Charlotte Museum of History.

Visiting the South means you’ve got to make room on your plate for smoky meats and other comfort food classics like fried chicken. Treat yourself at the kitchens of famous chefs or casual barbecue institutions throughout the city, or explore Prohibition-style speakeasies for a taste of the past. After you’ve eaten your way through Charlotte’s best, make time to walk through one of its many parks. Get views from sky high at an amusement park or Crowders Mountain State Park, offering a 25-mile view of the Charlotte skyline after you’ve traversed its trails.

Finish your time in Charlotte with a splash; take a trip to one of its many watersport centers. Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center, home of the largest whitewater rivers in the world, or paddleboard at Catawba River. Look no further than Charlotte for the ultimate mix of scenic outdoor adventures and historic excursions.

Start planning your visit to Charlotte by booking with Southwest®. Southwest Airlines flies to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, making takeoff a breeze. When you book with Southwest, rest assured that the process will be simple, from selecting your flight to checkout. We know that having a great time in Charlotte takes more than finding an excellent deal on a flight. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight.

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Things to do in Charlotte.

Historic sights
  • Charlotte Museum of History
  • Historic Brattonsville
  • Levine Museum of the New South
Nightlife and entertainment
  • Montford Drive
  • Opera Carolina
  • Uptown Charlotte
Water destinations
  • Catawba River
  • Lake Wylie
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center

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