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How to Spend 3 Days in Charlotte

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How to Spend 3 Days in Charlotte
With three days in Charlotte, you can sample the Queen City’s top sights and experiences—from its rich history and museum offerings to its outdoor activities and live events—and take a day trip elsewhere in North Carolina. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Charlotte.
 
Day 1: Essential Charlotte
See the highlights of Charlotte on a morning sightseeing tour. Whether by Segway, bike, trolley, or bus, these tours offer an overview of the city’s top attractions. Pass by historic Fourth Ward and central Uptown, home to many of the city’s top cultural institutions.
 
Spend the afternoon at a museum that reflects your interest. The Levine Center for the Arts houses several museums within, including the Mint Museum Uptown. History buffs have choices among the Levine Museum of the New South, the Charlotte Museum of History, or a tour of local plantation such as Rosedale or Latta. Racing fans won’t want to miss the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while aviation fans have the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Finish things off with tickets to a sports event, race, or music and entertainment show to wrap up your first night.
 
Day 2: Taste the Outdoors
Spend your morning experiencing the inspiration behind Charlotte's other nickname, “Tree City.” Wander one of the city's outdoor spaces and parks, from the centrally located First Ward Park and The Green to the massive Freedom Park. Nature lovers head to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, and Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve. More active visitors tackle water activities at Lake Norman or Lake Wylie, tumbling down rapids at the US National Whitewater Center, or experiencing the thrills of theme park rides at Carowinds.
 
In the afternoon, reward yourself with a food, beer, or whiskey tour. Sample favorites such as barbecue, shrimp and grits, and fried cornbread at the Seventh Street Public Market or from a food truck. With multiple distilleries and more than 40 breweries, the city offers plenty from which to choose. Or combine food and sightseeing on a dinner cruise on Lake Norman.
 
Day 3: Head Out of Town
Your choice of day trip out of Charlotte depends on your interests. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy getting lost in the Uwharrie National Forest. Home to some of the oldest mountains in America, the wilderness is filled with trails, scenic overlooks, and Badin Lake. Thrill seekers head out to Boone, which offers bouldering, ziplining, and river tubing in summer and snowboarding and skiing in winter.
 
Only two hours away, Asheville attracts foodies and history buffs. Go on a tour of Biltmore House, the largest house in America. Art and music lovers will be spoilt for choice, from mainstream to eclectic. This city, known as “Beer City USA,” has a thriving microbrewery and food scene. If wine is more your style, join a guided winery tour around North Carolina, which allows you to leave the driving to someone else.
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Charlotte's Historical City TourBus Tours

Charlotte's Historical City Tour

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Explore Charlotte aboard a 7-person golf cart, on this small-group tour of the area. With a local guide at the wheel, visit popular landmarks like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Discovery Place, the Mint Museum, the Imaginon and Levine Museum of the New South, and more. Visit all of Charlotte's historical sites, as well some of the more modern, popular areas in the city. The tour concludes at a local restaurant where you can sample a popular dish (included with your tour).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charlotte Comedy City TourComedy Shows

Charlotte Comedy City Tour

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Board the funny bus to explore Charlotte’s most interesting neighborhoods, historic places, and landmarks on an adults-only comedy tour with hilarious live commentary. Enjoy BYO beer and wine as you ride through town, and get a funny, local perspective on life in the city. Kick off your evening in Charlotte by laughing along with a friendly crowd of visitors and locals. Take in the sights at night and experience a one-of-a-kind mashup of history and comedy with tickets to Charlotte’s funniest tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Beyond the Grave Haunted History TourHistorical Tours

Beyond the Grave Haunted History Tour

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See Charlotte’s most historic and haunted places with a 1.5-hour walking tour through the Fourth Ward. Follow your experienced guide to the city’s most infamous landmarks, where locals have spotted ghosts for centuries. Hear about Charlotte’s ancient Indian trading path and revolutionary battles, and learn the secrets behind uptown’s spookiest mansions. Watch for theatrical ghosts, medical ghosts, famous ghosts and unknown ghosts as you explore Charlotte’s best preserved historical neighborhood.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of AshevilleMountain Bike Tours

Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of Asheville

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Cycle to five of Asheville’s most popular microbreweries, enjoying a drink (or two) at each location. You’ll be riding a state-of-the-art e-bike, so the hills won’t be a problem. In addition to soaking up the local vibe and great scenery, you’ll sample some of the best craft brews in town. If you like beer and bikes, you'll love this tour.
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  • 4 hours

Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of CharlotteCultural Tours

Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte

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A Segway tour of Charlotte is fun, safe and informative! Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you glide through the upbeat Uptown neighborhood. Sights on this tour include the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum, and the Gantt Center. Choose a 1.5-hour ride, or add an extra 30 minutes to see a couple of additional sights: two historic cemeteries and the stadium home of the Carolina Panthers.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Charlotte City Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Charlotte City Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of North Carolina’s largest city on this guided, 90-minute bike tour of Charlotte. Explore Charlotte's history, discover its architecture and art and get to know its hottest spots for entertainment. This “Favorite Things” tour includes a trip through the historic Fourth Ward and the Green, past the Levine Center for the Arts and its exciting affiliates, plus the Mint Museum, centrally situated Trade and Tyron streets and more. Use of a bike and helmet is included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Trolley Pub Tour of CharlotteBike Rentals

Trolley Pub Tour of Charlotte

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Trolley Pub is a BYOB, pedal-powered, eco-friendly, pub-crawling pedal bar for up to 14 people at a time. The Trolley Pub is powered by YOU and your fellow pedalers, with an electric assist motor for the hills. It’s hard not to smile on the Trolley Pub! If you don’t have enough people for a full beer bike tour, or you prefer to socialize with other people, you can purchase Mixer Tickets (individual seats).  All Charlotte Mixer Tours are in Uptown and make two to three stops (15-20 minute each) along the way. Your driver will customize the route each time based on the riders and requests. Although rare, if a mixer tour does not meet the five-passenger minimum for the tour, we will have to cancel the tour. 
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Transportation to North Carolina Winery from CharlotteDay Trips

Transportation to North Carolina Winery from Charlotte

Spend the day visiting some of the beautiful North Carolina wineries and let the Van in Black do the driving.  The stylish and comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will transport your group (up to 11) on a custom winery tour that lasts up to 8 hours (depending on the pickup location, this is typically includes 3-5 wineries).  A representative from the Van in Black will work with each client to establish the pickup location, time, and list of wineries to be visited on the tour.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours