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Be a [Tour Guide] for the Day

With family and friends in town for the holidays, the pressure’s on to show them the ropes of the Queen City—and perhaps persuade them to make a change of address. With so much to see and do, you’ll need to arm yourself with the ideal itinerary. Here’s where we come in.

By Lauren Levine

Get hopping along the city’s brewery scene

Your guests deserve a proper appreciation for the city’s plethora of homegrown pours. Take advantage of South End’s compact and considerable brewery scene to sample the most suds. Start in Lenny Boy Brewing Co.’s massive taproom, where sour beers and flavorful kombucha take the spotlight. From there, make the brief trek or take the LYNX Blue Line light rail to Triple C Brewing Co., home of the award-winning 3-C IPA. A few blocks over, stop at Sycamore Brewing, where the Southern Girl Blonde lager is a show-stealer. Finally, just a light rail ride away, wake up your taste buds at Wooden Robot Brewery; the Good Morning Vietnam coffee-vanilla blonde ale is a gamechanger. Or leave the work to Charlotte Brews Cruise, which transports guests via van to the hottest brew hubs in town.

Take a stroll or spin through town

It may seem like the obvious solution, but signing yourself and your guests up for one of the city’s varied walking or on-wheels tours is an invaluable way to explore the city’s lairs and layers with extra efficiency. Walkin’ Talkin’ Tours guide Charlotte newbies through a 1/2-mile stroll of Charlotte’s Liberty Walk and all the way back to the city’s founding days via fascinating and fun historical stories. C-Charlotte Tours takes travelers off their feet and through Uptown’s eclectic neighborhoods via a tour van. Of course, ‘tis the season for sleighs, so climb aboard a Charlotte Center City Carriage Tour for a clip-clopping ride through Uptown, including historic Fourth Ward. For added entertainment, pile on a Funny Bus Comedy City Tour for a knee-slapping survey of Charlotte’s landmarks.

Broaden your cultural horizons

A bastion of culture and history, Charlotte’s Center City is anchored by art havens and museums that aren’t to be missed. And these legendary landmarks promise to leave visitors having learned something new. Among many other museums, Uptown is home to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Mint Museum Uptown and the Bechtler Museum of Modern History, which are each worthwhile stops for out-of-towners. Best of all, there’s an ingenious and economical way to explore them. Housed under the umbrella of the Levine Center for the Arts, all three museums are accessible via one incredible value: the Access Ticket. For $20, you can enjoy unlimited admittance to these spots for 48 hours.

Three to See:

Hail to NASCAR’s heroes
Take your travelers on a storied trek through the Tar Heel State’s racing roots. Check out thrilling, interactive exhibits, pay tribute to motorsports’ MVPs and learn about the storied sport that permeates the area’s culture.

Take in a local show
Move over, Nashville. Charlotte is full of music venues that are brimming with personality. Spots like Visulite Theatre, The Evening Muse and The Fillmore Charlotte deliver intimate, concert-going experiences your guests won’t forget.

Get a taste of the city
Want to give your guests a taste of everything the city has to offer—literally? Take them on a gastronomical journey through town via FEAST Food Tours or Tour De Food. Each tour company transports guests through select boroughs—ranging from South End to Plaza Midwood and more—and into the kitchens of noteworthy chefs and niche eateries.

This article ran in the November 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.