The largest city in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The city is home to over 800,000 people, with over two million people in the surrounding metropolitan area. Charlotte is also a major banking center, where Wells Fargo and Bank of America make headquarters, as well as several other Fortune 500 companies. The airport, Charlotte Douglas International, is a major international hub. In recent years, Charlotte has also become known as the “New Energy Capital because of the hundreds of companies in the energy sector that have come to the city.
Charlotte is also home to the motorsports industry, with three-quarters of America’s NASCAR race teams and employers making their home in or near to the city. Racing venues such as the NHRA dragstrip, the zMAX Dragway, and others draw both tourists and professional racers to the city each year. Charlotte’s tourism industry is booming as well — there’s a ton to see and do in Uptown Charlotte, and you can see it all with the help of Metropolitan Shuttle. We have great rates available from shuttle vans to Charlotte party bus rentals.
Uptown Charlotte is the city’s business center and historic district. The city was originally divided into four Wards for political reasons, but now each Ward has its own unique flavor:
- The First Ward is mostly residences, recently redeveloped into a mixed-income area.
- The Second Ward is Charlotte’s center of government, busy by day but generally dead at night.
- The Third Ward is undergoing development and stands to be a major attraction to the city in coming years. The Bank of America Stadium is the most recognizable landmark here.
- The Fourth Ward is the most historic district, with Queen Anne architecture and brick sidewalks. The center of the area, Fourth Ward Park, is a great place for walking.
Here are a few of the other things you can see and do, all accessible from a bus rental in Charlotte, NC.
Discovery Place is an all-ages science and technology museum in Uptown Charlotte. Discovery Place uses interactive exhibits, experiments, and activities to educate and enthuse. The museum features an IMAX Dome Theatre in addition to its many exhibits. There’s also Discovery Place Nature, a nature museum near Freedom Park. For those wishing to take a bus rental out of Charlotte, there’s Discovery Place Kids in Huntsville, which centers on teaching young children about STEM.
The Mint Museum of Craft and Design
Art enthusiasts will find a wealth of art at the Mint Museum. The museum’s collections include American and European ceramics and decorative art, African and Asian art, historic maps, photography, and much more. The museum is made up of several buildings: the Mint Museum Randolph, which focuses on part eras, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which places its focus on contemporary art. A third facility, the Mint Museum Uptown, opened in 2010, and features five floors of glass, ceramic, and wood exhibits. Make a day of it and take a minibus rental all around Charlotte NC to see every Mint building.
If you’re looking to relax in the green between sightseeing expeditions, take a Charlotte bus rental to Freedom Park, a natural haven on the shore of a seven-acre lake. The park features walking trails, playgrounds, a tennis and volleyball court. There’s also a retired steam engine which lets visitors walk right into the cab. During the summer, the park frequently features live performances and film festivals, culminating with September’s Festival in the Park, which attracts over twenty thousand visitors yearly.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Charlotte, pays tribute to the exceptional drivers who have raced with NASCAR over the years. The Hall of Fame building includes a theater, an outdoor patio with a video screen, the “Glory Road” exhibit (showcasing eighteen racing cars), a 360-degree wall carrying the names of all those honored by the Hall of Fame, and more. Race car simulators let visitors try their hand at a NASCAR-style racing experience, and the “Heritage Speedway” exhibit shows off memorabilia and artifacts from stock car racing history. There’s also a cafe and a Buffalo Wild Wings, if you get hungry before you pack everyone back on the charter bus rental to Charlotte, NC.
The Billy Graham Library
Book a bus rental in Charlotte NC and take a “journey of faith” to the Billy Graham Library. This library and museum honors the memory of famous evangelist Billy Graham. The building is styled after a dairy barn and features a wide variety of presentations, photographs, music, and other artifacts from Graham’s life and ministry work. Exhibits feature a mechanical talking cow that speaks of Graham’s childhood, a replica of the desk at which Graham worked, and more.
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