Professional sports, renowned art museums, preserved neighborhoods, luxury shopping and major conventions draw visitors to Charlotte, NC. The city blends its historic roots with modern touches, offering a year-round destination for business or leisure. Guests can catch major sporting and entertainment events near the hotel at Spectrum Center and Bank of America Stadium, spend an evening out at the open-air EPICENTRE or join a walking tour of the city’s historic homes.
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, Charlotte, NBA season begins in mid-fall for the hometown team, 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 our Uptown Charlotte hotel. Farther afield, stylish and 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 rides along Tryon Street near 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. Holiday on Ice, an uptown annual holiday tradition, is great for the entire family. 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.