Charlotte, Raleigh, Piedmont

Top non-convention-related sites to visit in Charlotte
North Carolina's largest city --on any given week-- boasts some of the state's best museums, outdoor attractions and tourist hotspots. 

whitewater rafting

Thrilling whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
(U.S. National Whitewater Center)

U.S. National Whitewater Center facility

Facility at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
(U.S. National Whitewater Center)

Ropes Course

The U.S. National Whitewater Center more outdoor fun at their ropes course
(U.S. National Whitewater Center)

birkdaleshopping

Visit Birkdale, a quaint little village where tourists can shop, wine, and dine in the Lake Norman area
(Visit Lake Norman)

boatlakenorman

Kick back and relax on a sailboat at Lake Norman
(Visit Lake Norman)

raceweeksimulator

iRacing Simulators at the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Race Week
(Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame)

Dale Jr Wrangler

Dale Jr.'s No. 3 Wrangler Race Car at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
(NASCAR Hall of Fame)

Mint Uptown

The Mint Museum Uptown
(Jeff Clare)

Uptown Mint Museum

The gallery at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte
(Anton Grassl/Esto)

Historic Rosedale Lawn

The lawn at the Historic Rosedale Plantation
(Historic Rosedale Plantation)

Visitors at Historic Rosedale

Visitors enjoying the Historic Rosedale Plantation
(Historic Rosedale Plantation)

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football team in Charlotte, North Carolina
(AP)

Top non-convention-related sites to visit in Charlotte

North Carolina's largest city --on any given week-- boasts some of the state's best museums, outdoor attractions and tourist hotspots. 

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