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Explore the Carolinas
Charlotte is ideally positioned between the coast and the mountains. Several popular destinations in the mountains can be reached within a two or three-hour drive, and the beaches near Charleston, S.C., can be reached in a little more than three hours. Below are some resources to help you plan a delightful trip.

* N.C. Division of Tourism  |  800.VISITNC

* S.C. Division of Tourism  |  866.244.9339

Carolina beach
Must-See Cities

* Asheville, N.C.  |  828.258.6101
* Charleston, S.C.  |  843.853.8000
* Myrtle Beach, S.C.  |  800.356.3016
* Pinehurst, N.C.  |  800.346.5362

Charlotte arts
Arts & Culture
Art and culture lie at the heart of world-class cities, and in Charlotte, that heart is very much alive and vibrant. Charlotteans heavily support arts and culture in the belief that its benefits overflow into business, education and the economy. The Charlotte cultural community produces 65,000 events annually, generating $158 million to the local economy and supporting more than 4,700 jobs.

A major champion for the cultural community is the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (ASC). The ASC is a nonprofit organization that offers the community many services, including grants, events and programs. The success of the organization is evident through the $14 million awarded annually to arts education, cultural organizations and neighborhood cultural projects.

The ASC provides a comprehensive, online directory of performances, ongoing events, attractions and venues at

* Arts & Science Council  |  704-333-2ASC

Charlotte lakes
Water Recreation 
The Catawba River and its system of manmade lakes provide many activities for water lovers. Located just 30 minutes north of the city, Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline and is the state’s largest man-made lake. Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie lie south of Lake Norman on the Catawba. Sailing, wind surfing, power boating and fishing are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed on this water system. The Catawba River system is managed by Duke Energy. 

* Duke Energy Lake Management

The river is also home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which serves as training grounds for Olympic athletes as well as a busy recreation center for the public.

* U.S. National Whitewater Center   |  704.391.3900

Additional lake and river activities are available through the local and state park system.

Charlotte attractions
Annual Events & Attractions
Charlotte Attractions
Charlotte Annual Events

Charlotte sport class
Sports Classes
Sports Classes

Charlotte Museum
Charlotte Museums

Charlotte pool halls
Pool Halls
Pool Halls

Charlotte skating

Charlotte bowling
Charlotte Bowling

Charlotte theater
Movie Theaters
Charlotte Movie Theater

Carolina storts
Sports Teams
Sports Teams

Charlotte parks
Park System
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department maintains an extensive public park system and operates numerous indoor facilities, including Ray’s Splash Planet (a family-oriented water park), the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MAC) in uptown Charlotte, several fitness centers, and several recreation centers with indoor gymnasiums.

* Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation  |  311

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation operates the Lake Norman State Park and Crowders Mountain State Park in the Charlotte area, as well as a host of other parks within easy driving distance.

* N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation  |  919.733.4181 

* National Park Service
Our state is home to several nationally administered parks and forests, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and more. More information on public access and activities is available from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

* U.S. Forest Service  |  800.832.1355
Charlotte Parks