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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    Thrilling whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
    U.S. National Whitewater Center
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    Ropes Course

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center more outdoor fun at their ropes course
    U.S. National Whitewater Center
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    Visit Birkdale, a quaint little village where tourists can shop, wine, and dine in the Lake Norman area
    Visit Lake Norman
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    Kick back and relax on a sailboat at Lake Norman
    Visit Lake Norman
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    iRacing Simulators at the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Race Week
    Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame
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    Dale Jr Wrangler

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

    The Mint Museum Uptown
    Jeff Clare
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    Uptown Mint Museum

    The gallery at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte
    Anton Grassl/Esto
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    Historic Rosedale Lawn

    The lawn at the Historic Rosedale Plantation
    Historic Rosedale Plantation
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    Visitors at Historic Rosedale

    Visitors enjoying the Historic Rosedale Plantation
    Historic Rosedale Plantation
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    Carolina Panthers

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