Charlotte is an ever-changing city that has transformed from a sleepy southern town to one of the fastest growing cities in the United States today. The food scene is starting to reflect this dynamic change. In the past, Charlotte was very non-adventurous when it came to food, preferring a Red Lobster to anything local. That's all changed now, with young Charlotteans demanding fresh, farm to table, and local cuisine. The restaurant scene is booming in Charlotte, and there are new openings almost daily.
When to Go: Pretty much any time except the height of summer. Charlotte has four distinct seasons, and spring and fall are the best times to enjoy the city. If you come in the fall you can catch a Panthers' game, play golf, go to the US National Whitewater Center, or sit outside and enjoy a nice meal.
Getting There: The Charlotte airport is one of the best in the world, and it's really close to Uptown (FYI: we call our downtown "Uptown"). From the airport, Uptown is a $10 Uber ride away.
Where to Stay: If it's your first time, stay in Uptown. This is the center of city, and all of the vibrant neighborhoods are a five to ten minute Uber ride away.
Getting Around: Ride sharing apps like Uber/Lyft are the best way to get around the city. If you stay in Uptown, you can walk or take the light rail to a bunch of great spots. Recently, bike and scooter sharing has gained popularity, especially in the city center.