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Go Explore: Charlotte, North Carolina

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Queen City Sites

CLT. The Hornet’s Nest. Uptown. Whatever you call it, Charlotte is home to a bevy of entertainment options, notable restaurants and AAA Diamond stays. Here are a few to explore:

Diversions

From art and history to science and nature, there’s a museum for every interest. The Mint Museum Randolph, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art are all worth discovering. Snap a selfie by the mirror-covered Firebird, located on the plaza just outside the Bechtler (pictured above). A visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an ideal way to dig deeper into Charlotte’s racing history through carefully-curated exhibits and interactive experiences. Engaging programs and immersive exhibits await guests of Discovery Place — a perfect diversion for kids (and kids at heart).

Fern is one of many restaurants included in a FEAST Food Tour of the city.

Tours

Local group tours are a convenient and fun way to explore the city. See the sites aboard an open-air golf cart with Charlotte’s Historical City Tour. Foodies will appreciate the diverse tour options FEAST Food Tours provides. From local flavors to chef-driven dining, there’s a tour for every palate. Enjoy a leisurely view of Charlotte with Charlotte NC Walking Tours. Learn about the Queen City’s history as you stroll by Victorian-era mansions, museums, Charlotte’s oldest church and other landmarks.

Angeline’s Restaurant

Eats

Situated in a historic home on North Church Street, AAA Four Diamond McNinch House is a local favorite for special occasions. It’s no wonder. Their award-winning wine list, creative menu and intimate atmosphere create a memorable dining experience. Angeline’s, on South Church Street, serves up Italian-inspired dishes with a Southern twist. Make time to sample the city’s international food scene and support family owned businesses in the process. You can’t go wrong with the fire and ice ramen bowl at Futo Buta or grilled kafta at La Shish Kabob.

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

Stays

AAA Five Diamond-rated The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte provides an upscale stay in Uptown. Pamper yourself at the penthouse spa or enjoy the speakeasy vibe of The Punch Room. AAA Four Diamond-rated stays include the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel — boutique chic with contemporary décor that dovetails nicely with its Southern roots. It’s home to above-mentioned Angeline’s. Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion boasts 20 uniquely appointed rooms dressed in furnishings that reflect the mansion’s history. Be on the lookout for the $110 million, 254-room Grand Bohemian Hotel, opening in the spring of this year.

AAA Members enjoy exclusive savings at many of the above-mentioned attractions, restaurants and restaurants. Visit AAA.com/GoExplore for details!

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