Charlotte, nicknamed the Queen City, is the largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and seat of Mecklenburg County — all monikers the city owes to Britain’s Queen Charlotte. Known as a financial hub, Charlotte also offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues for visitors to explore.
Get Thrilled at Carowinds
Billing itself as the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast,” Carowinds is a 398-acre amusement park offering family fun for all ages. The main attraction is The Intimidator, one of the region’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coasters. The park operates with its regular attractions from late March through October. Insider tip: parents traveling with young children can rent strollers just inside the south gate entrance or next to guest services at the north gate entrance. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification, like a driver’s license, to secure your stroller rental. Beginning in November 2017, Carowinds plans to bring back its WinterFest tradition. With holiday décor, live shows and even Santa’s reindeer, this two-month event promises to transform the park into a winter wonderland.