City sights, mu­se­ums, tours, ex­hibits, parks and re­cre­ation.

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Jour­ney through his­tory with one of the most in­flu­en­tial voices of the 20th cen­tury. Ex­pe­ri­ence state-of-the-art ex­hibits, en­joy lunch in the cafe and visit the Graham fam­ily home. Open M-Sa 9:30 am-5 pm. www.bil­ly­gra­ham­li­ 4330 West­mont Drive, 704.401.3200. Map 1 B6


Home to the Coca-Cola 600 in May and the Bank of Amer­ica 500 in Oc­to­ber, Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way is the beat­ing heart of NASCAR coun­try. Built in 1959 by Bru­ton Smith, the 1.5-mile track sur­rounded by 140,000 seats en­tices many of the in­dus­try’s best to set up shop in Con­cord, N.C. Even when there is not a race in town, en­gines are al­ways revving at the track with three driv­ing schools op­er­at­ing on site and the nearby zMAX Drag­way, which hosts year-round races. www.char­lot­te­mo­tor­speed­ 5555 Con­cord Pkwy., Con­cord, 704.455.3200. Map 1 F3


This smaller, ur­ban sci­ence cen­ter geared to­ward kids ages 3-7, but which kids of all ages will en­joy as well, ex­hibits an­i­mals and plants of the Pied­mont and in­cludes a but­ter­fly pav­il­ion. Other ex­hibit ar­eas in­clude Fort Wild, an out­door ex­hibit that fo­cuses on imag­i­na­tive play; Crea­ture Cav­ern, with live an­i­mals; the Paw Paw Na­ture Trail; and, In­sect Al­ley. M, closed. Tu-F, 9 am-5 pm; Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Su, noon-5 pm. www.char­lot­te­na­ture­mu­ 1658 Ster­ling Road, 704.372.6261. $8. Tu-F, 9 am-5 pm; Sa, 10 am-5 pm; Su, noon-5 pm. Map 1 C6


This stately, Fed­eral-pe­riod house is open for tours; plus, the gar­dens and grounds are a trea­sure in their own right and are per­fect for a leisurely walk. The grounds play host to art fes­ti­vals and other events sea­son­ally, so be sure to check on­line. Ad­mis­sion: $8-10. Hours and tour times vary by sea­son. www.his­tori­ 3427 N. Tryon St., 704.335.0325. Map 1 D5


Get a hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence ex­plor­ing the sport of rac­ing at this cut­ting-edge mu­seum, which fea­tures au­then­tic driv­ing sim­u­la­tors, a pit-crew chal­lenge and all the rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia you can han­dle. Visit the Hall of Hon­ors to see the rac­ing greats who have been in­ducted

this year. Ad­mis­sion: $12.95-19.95. Open daily 10 am-6 pm. 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 704.654.4400. Map 2 D6

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