AirTran and US Airways offer nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Charlotte, N.C., with early July fares of $197 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
The Dunhill Hotel
237 N. Tryon St.
Cozy 10-story historic hotel in the middle of Uptown. Rooms from $129.
WHERE TO EAT
100 N. Tryon St.
Modern, elegant Italian restaurant featuring delicious Tuscan food, with a glassed-in kitchen and a wall of wines. Pizzas from $10, pastas from $11, dinner entrees from $16.
300 N. College St.
Relaxed, casual restaurant and bar serving “eclectic” cuisine (terrific sushi) and featuring an extensive martini list. Burgers and sandwiches from $8, dinner entrees from $14.
Mac’s Speed Shop
2511 South Blvd.
Locally famous biker bar and barbecue joint serving pork and beef barbecue and more, as well as more than 150 beers. Sandwiches from $8, barbecue platters from $12.
Harvest Moon Grille
235 N. Tryon St.
Farm-to-fork restaurant in the Dunhill Hotel, serving food sourced from within 100 miles of Charlotte. Menus vary daily. Lunch entrees generally from about $10.
WHAT TO DO
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
Chronicles Charlotte’s evolution from 1865 to the present. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. $8, seniors $6, ages 6-18 $5, 5 and younger free.
Center City Carriage Tours
Twenty-minute to one-hour tours of historic Fourth Ward, starting from Tryon and Trade streets. Weekly tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from $25 for two adults. Private tours may be arranged.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Celebrates the history of stock-car racing and honors its most legendary drivers. Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $19.95, seniors and military $17.95, ages 5-12 $12.95.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Monday and Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Until 9 p.m. on first and third Fridays of the month. $8, seniors and college students $6, ages 11-18 $4, 10 and younger free.