Time for a pitstop on your next extended weekend? Charlotte is full of them with several racing destinations to visit the whole family is sure to enjoy. Mecklenburg County is the Carolina’s leading tourism hot spot. So after checking into your hotel, embark on a tour A premier hotel development market with names like Kimpton and Grand Bohemian in the heart of Center City. Visitors can experience uncapped accessibility to restaurants, entertainment and a flourishing craft beer scene thanks to an ongoing light rail project. And they’ll also find an inclusive attitude that celebrates African-American chefs who are culinary leaders in Charlotte’s innovative food culture.
If planning to visit during the Memorial Day Weekend for the annual Coca Cola 600, Lee Greenwood is schedule to perform his famous “God Bless the U.S.A.” for fans May 27 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year’s awe-inspiring pre-race salute to the troops also includes ground exhibitions and a 20-minute performance by the 82nd Airborne division that is sure to get fans on their feet prior to the race. For tickets, >CLICK HERE.
CATCHING THE LIGHT RAIL AND A BITE
Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line light rail extension (BLE) is now open. The BLE adds 11 stops and 9.3 miles to its current footprint, connecting the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to South Charlotte. While the city’s overall culinary scene has exploded with notable additions, including Zeppelin and The Suffolk Punch, the BLE has facilitated the development of a corridor of restaurants, breweries and other watering holes best explored by rail. Notable stations include New Bern, Bland and 36th Street. Read more here.
THE SOUL OF THE COMMUNITY
Over the past year, African-American chefs and restaurant owners have become voices of inclusivity in the Charlotte region’s food community. At the same time, the city has experienced an uptick in events featuring restaurants owned by African-Americans. Examples include Soul Food Sessions, also recently touted by Food & Wine, Charlotte Black Restaurant Week and Black Food-Truck Fridays. Read more here.
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About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31. An attached parking garage is available on Brevard Street. The 5-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased online at nascarhall.com or via Ticketmaster by calling 877-231-2010. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors with ID, $18 for military with ID, $18 for youth 8-12, $12 for youth 3-7, and free for members and children younger than 3. High-octane combo packages are also available. All prices include tax. Memberships start at $125. Additionally, the newly upgraded Gear Shop inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame features apparel, diecast replica cars and other memorabilia to commemorate your trip. For more details, visit nascarhall.com For more information, visit nascarhall.com.
RACING INSIDERS TOURS
The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Racing Insiders Tours return for the fifth year with a full schedule in 2018. The all-access, in-depth tour includes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, area race shops and racing attractions in the region, offering an unforgettable opportunity for race fans and non-fans alike to explore NASCAR’s deep roots in Charlotte.
The full-day tour begins at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where participants learn about the legends and legacies of NASCAR and enjoy lunch from the Pit Stop Café. Participants then load onto a private motorcoach to visit various race shops and local racing attractions. Fans have the option to choose one of two Racing Insiders Tour itineraries: the Tour 77 itinerary or the Tour 85 itinerary.
Tour 77 takes participants to race shops located along Interstate 77, including Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing and JR Motorsports, while Tour 85 includes Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. Exact tour sites and itineraries are subject to change. The Racing Insiders Tour costs $99 per person and $81 for NASCAR Hall of Fame members. General Admission tickets are available online at racinginsiderstour.com. Members must purchase over the phone or in person at the box office to validate qualification for member pricing. Member pricing is not available online. Participants who purchase in advance will receive free parking in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking garage.
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