Tours and transportation.
CABARRUS COUNTY Racing lives here. Located just northeast of Charlotte, Cabarrus County is home to Concord Mills, the number one shopping destination of the Carolinas, along with Charlotte Motor Speedway (and about 90 percent of NASCAR teams), Great Wolf Lodge, several historic sites and the towns of Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg. www.visitcabarrus.com. Concord. Map 1, F2
GASTON COUNTY Travelers looking to escape the city can check out this country west of Charlotte. Not too far a drive affords natural and historical wonders, from scenic Crowders Mountain to picturesque downtown Belmont. www.visitgaston.org. 704.825.4044.
CCHARLOTTE TOURS Discover Uptown Charlotte and venture out into beautiful, tree-lined historic neighborhoods. Tours highlight the area’s rich history and bright future. Daily twohour van tours run M-F 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Sa 10 am and 1:30 pm. Fares: $15-28. www.ccharlottetours.com. Center City, 704.517.6844.
FEAST FOOD TOURS Tour See Charlotte’s eclectic neighborhoods with tours including the Soul of the South Uptown tour, which explores the essence of Southern cuisine, and the Local Flavors of Historic NoDa tour, which includes plenty of local craft beer. Prices and times vary by tour. www. feastfoodtours.com. 980.258.9992.
CHARLOTTE AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is one to get around Charlotte, with more than 70 bus routes and tons of convenient stops locally and regionally. www.ridetransit.org. 704.336.7433.
SKYLINE CAR SERVICE For people who appreciate the finer things in life, this upscale, black car service offers transportation from the Charlotte airport to the city proper, surrounding areas of North Carolina, and upper South Carolina cities. rideskylinecar.com. 888.885.1846.
CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY PARTNERS Charlotte Center City houses more than 1,200 businesses from startups to Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and has nearly 26,000 residents. The entertainment center of the region, this metropolis boasts a vast array of dining options and plenty of nightlife. Center City has something for everyone, whether you are a full-time resident or first-time visitor of Charlotte. charlottecentercity.org. 200 S. Tryon St., 704.332.2227.