Did you know Charlotte, North Carolina was named after King George III's wife. The settlers wanted to gain the favor of king. Today, Charlotte is home to Bank of America and the east coast operations of Wells Fargo, which along with other financial institutions make it the second-largest banking center in the United States.
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FUN THINGS TO DO IN CHARLOTTE
U.S. National Whitewater Center
There are 24 different land and water activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center,which covers a 500 acre facility northwest of downtown Charlotte. Kayak on the world's largest man-made whitewater river (both flatwater and whitewater), or stand-up paddle boarding is available, and, of course, whitewater rafting. If you'd prefer to stay dry, the center can accommmodate you there, too—mountain biking, rock climbing and zip-lining. There are plenty of running trails and obstacle courses for those with a competitive edge.
Discovery Place is Charlotte's science museum. This kid-friendly playtopia is a great place to spend a day with the family. Here you'll find interactive, hands-on exhibits that cover a variety of scientific concepts like physics and earth science. Design and conduct lab experiments, study different ecosystems with the museum's rainforest exhibit and aquarium. Discovery Place also has the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas, with new educational films updated regularly.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Charlotte is NASCAR, for racing fans, taking a trip to the 150,000 sq ft state of the art Hall of Fame. Interactive exhibits such as racing simulators, artifacts and an amazing state of the art theater which holds 278 people. Don't forget the popular Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and NASCAR Gear Shop. Learn about the great NASCAR icons and heroes over the years and how it has successfully created a lasting tribute to all the drivers, team owners and crew members of the sport.
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
Learn about the nation’s 11th U.S. president on a tour of his birthplace, the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville