Charlotte, North Carolina

VISIT CHARLOTTE: Charlotte Dining

Charlotte's got a lot. 

The Charlotte, North Carolina region is composed of 16 counties, including four counties in South Carolina, with the city of Charlotte serving as the hub. Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname "the International Gateway to the South."

The Queen City is bursting with invigorating restaurant concepts, regional favorites done right such as BBQ and fried pickles, and countless hotspots serving upscale elegance and local flavor. From worldly flavors to a farm-to-fork focus, there’s something to please every taste. Visit a Bon Appétit magazine pick for the best fried chicken at Price’s Chicken Coop or one of Esquire Magazine’s best bars in America at Thomas Street Tavern. No matter where you dine, be sure to know that your meal will always be served with the grace and charm that characterizes this fair city. 

With more than a mile’s worth of cultural facilities all within Center City alone, it’s clear Charlotte has an ever-increasing commitment to the arts. And throughout the region, museums, historical sites and more make for one-of-a-kind visitor experiences. Breathtaking ballets by NC Dance Theatre, awesome operas by Opera Carolina and a wide variety of scintillating stage shows at Belk Theater and Ovens Auditorium are just a sampling of city happenings.

Nearly 60 percent of the country's population lives within a two-hour flight of Charlotte, North Carolina, and 6.9 million people live within a 100-mile radius. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the national hub of US Airways, averages 655 flights daily by 11 major airlines and 14 regional carriers. These flights provide non-stop service to 179 cities. 

Learn more by visiting the Charlotte Online Visitors' Center.