Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Charlotte, NC!
Welcome to Charlotte, NC! Charlotte is one of America’s fastest growing cities, and is quickly becoming a major hub for business and tourism in the Southeast. Charlotte enjoys mild temperatures for most of the year, with temperatures rarely dipping below freezing, and plenty of sunshine in the spring and summer. With diverse neighborhoods, trendy restaurants and bars, and a rapidly growing downtown, it’s hard to be bored in The Queen City.
Arts and Culture
An eclectic mix of arts, history, sports, and nightlife give Charlotte its unique flair, and there are dozens of sights and cultural attractions to experience. The Uptown neighborhood is the artistic enclave of Charlotte, and is home to prominent art museums like Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, featuring the iconic Firebird sculpture, and The Mint Museum. Both museums house hundreds of works showcasing art and design from artists around the world. The Uptown neighborhood also contains several cultural landmarks of Charlotte, including a statue of Queen Charlotte, the city’s namesake.
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Furthermore, the Levine Museum of the New South is a must-see for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Charlotte and the American South. The museum focuses on history from the end of the Civil War to the present, and their interactive exhibits are designed to foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action. Additionally, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is another cultural staple Charlotte, and is definitely worth a visit. Even if you’re not a fan of NASCAR, the racing simulators look fun enough to justify the trip. You can race your friends using real simulation software that the pro racers use for training, in an authentic stock car replica!
In addition to the rich culture, Charlotte has plenty of outdoor recreation areas and activities to enjoy. Freedom Park is one of the main parks in Charlotte, and has miles of walking trails, as well as soccer fields, basketball, and tennis courts. The park also links up with the larger Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which is perfect for leisurely afternoon strolls or walking your dog. Moreover, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is one of the southeast’s premier botanical gardens, with acres of native flowers, live music, and a beer garden!
Additionally, Charlotte’s most unique outdoor attraction is the U.S National Whitewater Center, featuring 1,300 acres of whitewater rapids open to the public for kayaking and rafting. You don’t need to be an expert to experience the rapids, as the Whitewater Center offers guided rafting tours for patrons of all experience levels. You can also participate in kayaking and paddleboarding, but you must be an experienced take your kayak in the rapids. The Whitewater Center also has non-water activities such as rock climbing, ziplines, and mountain biking.
Food and Drink
After a day full of activities, it’s time for some grub! Charlotte’s impressive collection of breweries and eateries are sure to keep your tastebuds happy! Amelie’s French Bakery and Cafe is a traditional french bakery in Charlotte’s trendy NODA neighborhood. They have traditional baked goods like eclairs and french macaroons, as well as breakfast dishes, soups, and sandwiches. Furthermore, The Cellar at Duckworth’s is a modern American gastropub, featuring hand crafted cocktails and an eclectic bar menu.
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Charlotte’s craft brewery scene has exploded in recent years, and there are now dozens of different craft breweries to choose from. The original craft brewery was the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery which opened in 2009. Also, other locals favorites include the Wooden Robot Brewery and Sugar Creek Brewing Company.
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