Explore Charlotte’s Center City from our luxury uptown hotel
Charlotte is a vibrant and dynamic city, alive with contemporary entertainment and outstanding dining and night life choices, acclaimed museums and cultural offerings, year-round spectator sports including the NBA, NFL and NASCAR, and memorable sightseeing options for all ages and interests. Uptown Charlotte consistently draws attention for its special events and activities, and its remarkable growth of the last decade continues to feature new residences, restaurants, museums, shopping choices, bars and clubs ready to entertain locals and visitors alike. Charlotte’s downtown area, known as the Center City, is referred to as uptown by local residents. Our luxury hotel’s concierge can assist you in planning outings around Center City, as well as navigating routes through downtown to popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
North Carolina offers wonderful activity and entertainment choices for every season, many of them available directly within the Charlotte area. Here are just a few seasonal highlights:
The Charlotte area features spectacular gardens, such as the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, and spring is when many of these locations are in vibrant, full bloom. Another spring highlight for Charlotte is the PGA Tour’s annual tournament held in early May, followed by two major NASCAR events in late May, both presented at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Family-friendly Charlotte amusement parks include Carowinds, often called the thrill capital of the region, and few guests can resist the remarkable outdoor recreation choices available at the US National Whitewater Center. Further outdoor entertainment awaits at Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and other outdoor concert venues, while many restaurants offer outdoor dining in the warm summer months.
Next door to The Ritz-Carlton, NBA season begins in mid-fall for the Charlotte Bobcats, among many other sports events and gatherings at the popular arena. Arts and performance seasons also begin at the Blumenthal and other performing arts venues, many in walking distance of The Ritz-Carlton. Farther afield, stylish & arts-oriented Asheville beckons, as do the brilliantly-hued leaves of North Carolina as they change colors during the autumn months. Don’t miss the region’s wineries either; North Carolina is gaining considerable acclaim for its contributions to viniculture.
November and December are a magical time in Charlotte, as some of the nation’s most beautiful holiday decorations are displayed throughout the city. Charlotte’s famed Thanksgiving Parade passes right by The Ritz-Carlton and heralds the holiday season in a memorable way; it is one of the largest parades presented in the United States each year. After the start of the year, the region continues to beckon, as magical indoor venues like Discovery Place provide fascinating indoor entertainment for the young and young-at heart, while the state’s ski and snowboard resorts also await outdoor enthusiasts visiting North Carolina.