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Charlotte Basics


Having long been known for its tobacco, cotton and textile production, Charlotte, North Carolina has now become the nation’s second leading financial center. The city is not just filled with suits, however. Charlotte still manages to maintain its Southern charm. Plantations, museums and discovery centers are sprinkled throughout the city, making it extremely family-friendly. And there are a multitude of opportunities for growth and learning, both for adults and children.

At the same time, activity does not fade once the sun goes down. More and more venues for live music, theater and comedy are popping up every year. There are also wonderful shopping options in Charlotte. Thanks to a mix of upscale stores, small boutiques and national favorites, residents and visitors can find exactly what they’re looking for quickly and easily. Several city locations, like the EpiCentre, have been smartly constructed with shops, restaurants, and bars all in the same area so as to increase efficiency and interest.

Sports play a huge role in this city. The Carolina Panthers (NFL) the Carolina Sting (WNBA), the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Motor Speedway all provide plenty of action. In fact, action has always been a part of Charlotte’s history. During the American Revolution, British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city, but he was soon driven out by hostile residents, which caused him to refer to the area as a “hornet’s nest” of rebellion.

Today, Charlotte is a family-oriented city that is large enough to support a wide range of cultural activities and small enough to still feel comfortable, safe and homey. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and visitors will soon feel like locals … And that’s quite a welcome from a former hornet’s nest.

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