No matter what your party affiliation is, having the DNC in Charlotte is an exciting thing. We’re proud of our city and it’s wonderful to have it in the spotlight. Sure there is more traffic and a whole lot of news teams but it’s only for a week and the attention and revenue that Charlotte will get is worth it.
If you’re visiting the Queen City for the first time, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time and give you some highlights of things to do if you find some downtime.
For things to do, Uptown Charlotte offers a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Historic Southend has everything from funky gallery crawls to street festivals to wine tastings. NoDa (short for North Davidson Street) is home to some of the city’s best collection of art galleries and performance venues as well as some of the most eclectic full-service restaurants including authentic Cajun cooking, Southwest cuisine, a Creative pizza eatery and more.
Need a new outfit for the convention? Head over to SouthPark Mall for all your shopping needs. Here you will find larger stores such as Nordstroms, Crate and Barrel, Hermes, Juicy Couture and Ralph Lauren as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at SouthPark.
Looking for a casual place to escape and try some good food and handcrafted beers? Charlotte is home to several breweries – each unique and outstanding in it’s own. You can choose from
- NoDa Brewing Company – 2229 North Davidson St., Charlotte
- The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte
- Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery – 401 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
- Kind Beers Brewing – 6010 McDaniel Lane, Charlotte
- Birdsong Brewing – 2315 N. Davidson St., Charlotte
- Four Friends Brewing – 10913 C Office Park Drive, Charlotte
- Hops Grillhouse & Brewery – 9950 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
In addition to the actual breweries, you can also find many of these beers throughout restaurants and bars all over Charlotte.
See the Queen City’s version of Hollywood! If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, you are in the right place! 2012’s blockbuster film was filmed almost entirely in the state of NC! While you’re in Charlotte you can visit areas where pivotal moments from the movie occurred – The Charlotte Convention Center, the Phillip Morris plant in Concord, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and if you want to sample the sweets that tempted Katniss, head over to Amelie’s French Bakery!
Charlotte is a city rich in history and warm in Southern hospitality. Whether you have been here before or are a first time visitor, we hope you enjoy your time here. If you don’t have enough time to see all that Charlotte has – come back when you have time to experience all that Charlotte has to offer!