Things to Do in Charlotte
The Hornet's Nest
Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the largest banking-center in the whole country. Although primarily known as a bustling business hub, Charlotte is now developing as a tourist spot and offers visitors a significant modicum of museums, historic neighborhoods and excellent dining options. After two decades of growth, Charlotte is one of the most prosperous cities in the South. The city has witnessed the birth of the first gold rush in the country, which was sparked by the discovery of a gold nugget in what is now ‘Reed’s Gold Mine’. At one point, low grade gold from the mines was used for the street paving programs, giving rise to the saying that Charlotte’s streets were literally paved in gold. Since then, Charlotte has gained prominence for its mint for currency production, as well as for its status as a prominent railroad hub. If you’re planning a trip to this bustling, yet unmistakably Southern city, make sure to first check out our list of the best things to do in Charlotte.
Billy Graham Library
America’s most famous pastor – Billy Graham was a spiritual advisor to several American presidents, including Dwight D Eisenhower, Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon. His large indoor and outdoor rallies inspired thousands and are still re-broadcast today. The Billy Graham Library captures the minister’s journey and life’s work through 40,000 sq. ft. of interpretative exhibits. You can visit Billy Graham’s boyhood home that still has 80 percent of its original materials, as well as the second home that his family moved into – which has been recreated on the same campus. The ‘A Journey of Faith’ tour will guide you through immersive multimedia presentations, interactive kiosks, to give you a firsthand look into the minister’s life and times. Stop for refreshments at the Dairy Bar and shop for souvenirs at the Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. The barn-shaped building is an unmistakable Charlotte landmark, and a tour of this place is definitely one of the best things to do in Charlotte.