Charlotte hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In a nod to city pride, Yahoo! asked city residents to boast about the best places, people, features and things to do in Charlotte. Here are highlights from one resident.
Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and is a wonderful town to live in or visit. Hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte is the perfect town to host such an event and here are four, out of many, reasons why:
When it comes to sports, Charlotte has it covered. There is a sport for just about everyone in Charlotte, from the Carolina Panthers of the NFL to the Charlotte Eagles of the USL professional soccer league. Also there are the Charlotte Bobcats, added in 2004 to the NBA soon after the departure of the Hornets franchise, and the beloved Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. The longest tenured team of the Charlotte area is by far the Charlotte Knights, a AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox that play in the nearby town of Fort Mill, SC.
Jamaican, Moroccan, even Vietnamese, you name it and Charlotte has it on the menu. The North Davidson Arts District is a great place to find a range of cuisines, which even includes a French Bistro. The Penguin Drive-In is Charlotte’s most famous restaurant. The drive-in has been featured on The Food Network and has been a Charlotte institution since 1954 after being founded by a World War II veteran.
Colleges and Universities
There is a wealth of colleges and universities in the Charlotte-Metro area. There is, without a doubt, a school for almost any individual out there. For the art lover, we have the Art Institute of Charlotte or Davidson College. The left-brained individuals are not left out either; Johnson and Wales University has a campus in Charlotte and Kings College is a great choice as well. For you socialites, University of North Carolina at Charlotte is at the top of the list with over 25,000 students attending.
Charlotte is well known for its night life and the various clubs and bars to check out. Coyote Joe’s is a country-western bar with a huge dance floor and is right near the Charlotte-Douglas Airport. Also, for those wanting to bar hop within walking distance, the Epicentre is the best place to go in my opinion. The Epicentre contains six dance clubs, a lively bowling alley and great restaurants right in the middle of downtown Charlotte.