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Charlotte Travel Guide: 567 reviews and 652 photos

Founded in 1769 and named for Queen Charlotte of England, wife of King George III, the city of Charlotte has a heritage strongly influenced by an influx of Scots and Irish settlers, the late 18th Century discovery of gold, and development of a variety of industries, especially agriculture, textiles, and financial services.

The North Carolina Department of Tourism describes Charlotte as follows:
"Charlotte, with a booming population of 500,000, has become the second-leading financial center in the nation, second only to New York City. But many decades earlier, in the aftermath of the Civil War, Charlotte was a village of 5,000. Vast cotton fields across the Piedmont led to a focal point in and around the Charlotte region."

Charlotte does not have a RiverWalk, an Inner Harbor, nor any world famous historic relics. Have you ever been anywhere and enjoyed the visit but knew that you would not want to live there? Charlotte is just the opposite. It offers all of the amenities of other large cities and is conveniently located near three lakes, which offer every imaginable opportunity for water sports from fishing and swimming to waterskiing, but it is still not the most exciting place in the world to visit. It is a wonderful place to live, however. I know because I grew up here, literally lived all around our country plus two other continents and chose to return to Charlotte. I may not live here forever but for now I am here. Give me a call if you are in the area, or better yet send me an e-mail beforehand and we will try to help you have a memorable time while you are here.
Although my home is literally in Matthews, I consider Charlotte my "home town" because I grew up there and because Matthews is a small town on the outskirts of Charlotte.

Charlotte is ranked the 6th ‘brainiest’ city among America’s largest municipalities based on residents with higher education degrees, but the 38th ‘smartest’ large American city when it comes to becoming a healthy and sustainable community positioned for success in the 21st century. Why the gap? Are we at risk of rapidly losing our quality of life because we are not creative enough? What can we do to infuse our city with the intelligence needed for resilience and positive change? How can Charlotte enhance and effectively draw upon its intelligence to thrive?

On the other hand, Charlotte just received an award from the EPA for "smart growth achievement" and, in part, the accompanying citation states, "As the central city in a rapidly growing metropolitan area, Charlotte, N.C., is under intense development pressures. Rather than continue the automobile-dominated development patterns of the last 50 years, Charlotte adopted Urban Street Design Guidelines to make walking, bicycling, and transit more appealing and to make the city more attractive and sustainable."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fast growing Southern city which still retains a lot of Southern charm
  • Cons:Growing too fast for its infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:My hometown
  • Last visit to Charlotte: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2011
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  • afrette's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I'm impressed - in all my years in South Africa, I never had Ostrich au Poivre! Good old Charlotte, eh?

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Thanks so much for your visit to my Tenerife page, and for your kind offer - which I hope I may be able to take up one day.

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Take care of yourself. You are no good to others if you aren't in good shape. That is the caretaker's golden rule! Hang in there and see you Saturday!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    nice updates on my old dining tips! when you coming up here?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2006 at 9:28 PM

    It's probably the best restaurant guide to this Matthews's suburb :-) Of all US fast food restaurants I gave a try I accepted and even liked just Taco Bell and Waffle House + Chilli's.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 3:47 PM

    Stop being Digitally challenged and post some pictures, damnit! ; )

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2004 at 3:02 PM

    Very good info about the restaurants in Charlotte.

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2004 at 2:32 PM

    so many good place to eat here.. good job-)))

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