REASONS TO LOVE CHARLOTTE
Eat & Drink
Outdoor & Adventure
Arts & Culture
Diversity & Inclusion
Constantly pursues and celebrates new tastes and experiences with food and drink—and invites others to join along.
Charlotte is the city of culinary opportunity. A creative haven for foodies in the Southeast, the Queen City encourages young, inventive chefs—many who are graduates of culinary programs at Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College and the Art Institute of Charlotte—well-established restauranteurs, James Beard Award nominees, brewers, distillers, mixologists and international tastemakers to passionately pursue new flavors in Southern cooking and beyond. In a city where the culinary community is both close-knit and competitive, native and transplant, every meal is an exploration of the city's evolving identity.
Thrill-lovers looking for an adventure, explorers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle without leaving the city, or a family or group of friends whose second home is the great outdoors.
Charlotte greets its guests with lush landscapes, natural havens and whitewater rapids. Outdoor enthusiasts will not only find respite within Charlotte's tree canopy—which covers nearly 50 percent of the city—but can also explore greenways, trails, nature preserves and nearby mountains ideal for hiking or biking and lakes that lend to watersports. Couple this with 40 community and regional parks in the area including public golf facilities, this is a city of green with sky-high possibilities beckoning you to come play.
Discoverers, admirers and advocates of visual and performing arts experiences.
Charlotte's vibrant arts and culture scene offers a diversity of experiences. Tapping local, national and international acts, the Queen City touts both community theater and Broadway smash hits, intimate jazz performances and chart-topping vocalists, murals created by local artists and renowned art exhibitionists, and more. Whatever your interests—live music, visual or performing arts, architecture, public art, the list goes on—the city's aspiring creative class combined with the number of accessible, intriguing art ventures throughout the city's neighborhoods make it possible to discover something new and notable on every block.
Cherishes unity and celebrates differences by discovering, supporting and lifting up the soul of the community—its people.
A warm and welcoming spirit is deeply rooted in Charlotte's DNA. Charlotte energy and optimism have attracted a diverse community of residents and visitors alike. The city is full of passionate people from all walks of life who make up the fabric of our community and whose differences make us stronger. Charlotte's rich cultural history and bright future is being shaped by destination-defining moments that continue to reinforce the city's character and strengthen its unity. From strong community leaders and visionaries to activists and the great unifiers of Charlotte, the people of the city truly embrace, appreciate and celebrate opportunities to make Charlotte an inclusive place everyone can make their own.