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Top Things to Do and See in the Queen City

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art celebrates mid-century modernism as reflected in the holdings of one family’s collection. This cultural gem is open every day except Tuesdays.


“The Queen City has lived up to its nickname since its founding in 1768 when America was still under British rule. Since King George III’s wife was named Queen Charlotte, the nickname came built into the city’s identity. Even after America gained independence, Charlotte held on to its nickname because it fits this stately Southern gem...”


Stroll past 19 markers of the Charlotte Liberty Walk that commemorate the city’s Revolutiomnary War history including the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The MeckDec was signed on May 20, 1775, by county citizens who declared themselves free and independent from the King and Parliament of Great Britain, yes, 13 months before the US Declaration of Independence.

Choose your own pace and traipse through the self-guided Arts and Science Council's Public Art Walking Tour. Download a map of the Uptown area or listen to the podcast. With just your phone and a comfortable pair of shoes, get to know the neighborhood too.

Whichever you prefer - craft beer, local spirits or small barrel wines - Charlotte can quench your thirst with over 60 local breweries, niche distilleries and wineries located in and around the city. Schedule a tour to learn the back stories of these watering holes.


Whether manicured gardens or pristine wilderness, Charlotte is lush and beautiful. Take a stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden or the gardens at UNC Charlotte.

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As you plan your CS Week 2023 experience, consider tacking on some days before or after to explore and enjoy the Queen City. CS Week’s Thursday night special event will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, another must-see, must-do destination nearby the Charlotte Convention Center. Check out more activities and interesting places at The Getaway or Charlotte Travel Guide.

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