Visit Charlotte

500 S. College Street #300 28202

Why Choose Our Destination?

As the 15th largest city in the nation, Charlotte is home to nearly 890,000 people and counting. Yet even after claiming a top spot-on Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s fastest-growing cities” in 2019, it’s the Queen City’s unmeasurable amenities—a friendly and welcoming attitude with a longstanding tradition of hometown pride—that draw meeting planners to its door. A hard-working banking town that enjoys letting loose, Charlotte’s community comes together over good food and cold brews, at gallery crawls and cheering on the home team. In the heart of it all is Center City, also known as Uptown. Seven miles from the airport, this walkable business district houses the 600,000-square-foot Charlotte Convention Center, where Visit Charlotte hosts hundreds of groups every year. In addition to offering complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Convention Center, Visit Charlotte ensures planners take advantage of in-house perks like food and beverage services and preferred contractors. Visit Charlotte can also help book multiple venues around the city, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is connected to the Convention Center. Whether it’s a 10-person board meeting or an annual conference, a meeting at the Convention Center places attendees within easy walking distance of Uptown’s hotels, restaurants, museums and nightlife. In this compact district, there are more than 6,400 hotel rooms (up 40% from 2017) with other exciting hotel projects on the way. To answer the city’s growth and such burgeoning meeting potential, the Convention Center itself has opened the doors of a $126.9 million expansion, adding 50,000 square feet of meeting space to the already-expansive facility and a pedestrian walkway to the 700-room Westin Hotel. This walkway leads to the Light Rail, Uptown’s easy way to navigate through nearby neighborhoods. Head to South End for shopping and dining or enjoy a brewery tour through NoDa, Charlotte’s historic arts district. Just outside Uptown is the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a hub for outdoor entertainment and adventure, complete with leisurely strolls by the Catawba River, the rush of whitewater rafting or delightful dining from the deck overlooking the excitement . These updates not only make Charlotte a prime meeting destination but speak to the city’s undeniable energy. With a record number of airport travelers last year (43 million despite Covid, but who’s counting?) and numerous callouts from USA Today, Southern Living, Food + Wine, Meetings Today, Smart Meetings and more, Charlotte has solidified itself as a city on the rise.


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Distance from airport

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    7 mi. from city center

Local Attractions

NASCAR Hall of Fame

10 minutes away
The heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. One of the city’s exclusive crown jewels, the Hall is dedicated to hailing the sport’s trailblazers and detailing their paths.
400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Charlotte, NC, US 28202

Billy Graham Library

7 mi. away
The Billy Graham Library, located 4 miles from Graham’s original childhood homestead, serves as an educational and inspirational haven. The attractions feature 20 acres of tranquil grounds that whisper the story of Graham’s mission and legacy. Through interactive exhibits, films and stories, guests retrace the origin and growth of Graham’s ministry along the Journey of Faith tour. Graham’s family home, where he lived from age 9 until college, was completely reconstructed and restored in front of the library with 80 percent of materials from his original home. The preserved structure and relics offers visitors an intimate glimpse into Graham’s upbringing. Other popular activities available on the grounds include spending time in the memorial prayer garden—where Graham’s wife, Ruth, is buried—shopping for gifts in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, and polishing off milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and savory bites at the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar. Since opening in 2007, the library has welcomed more than 1 million visitors from more than 90 countries. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration this year, the library will feature special events and exclusive displays from archived collections.
4330 Westmont Dr
Charlotte, NC, US 28217

U.S. National Whitewater Center

13 mi. away
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its 30+ land and water-based activities, outdoor instruction and certification programs, festivals, races, films, and various outdoor events throughout the year. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,300 acres on the Catawba River or engage in the brand’s mission through one of our off-site initiatives, the USNWC empowers guests to play, relax, and learn outside.
US National Whitewater Center Dr
Charlotte, NC, US 28214


13 mi. away
Seated on the North Carolina and South Carolina state line, Carowinds amusement park is the intersection of family fun and adventure. From record-breaking coasters to unique live shows, the “thrill capital of the Southeast” has maintained exclusive bragging rights since it opened in spring 1973. The park is also home to Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 3Z Arena, the world’s first “intra-active” 3-D digital experience, meaning the game allows you to interact with an opponent’s screen. During this shooter video game, guests on opposing teams—plants or zombies—battle it out to capture the ultimate treasure: the Golden Gnome. Alongside these whirling additions, you’ll find a host of Carolina callouts in tried-but-true and new rides alike. With a hurdling track that seems to dive and soar like a fury of bees, Fury 325 serves as a nod to Charlotte’s “hornet’s nest of rebellion” reputation. The Carolinas Goldrusher—complete with carts designed like mine trains—hugs turns to mimic the excitement that swept the Charlotte region during the nation’s first gold rush.
300 Detective Mike Doty Memorial Hwy
Charlotte, NC, US 28273

Convention Centers

  • Charlotte Convention Center

    The Charlotte Convention Center is the city's premier meeting and convention facility, with over 600,000 square feet of total accessible space, including 280,000 sf of contiguous Exhibit Hall space, 2 Ballrooms, and 55 meeting rooms.

    • Exhibit Space280,000 sq. ft.
      Total meeting space600,000 sq. ft.



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