Horsepower, Harmony & Health
Once home to the world’s largest manufacturer of household textiles, this revitalized city offers everything from local dining and boutiques to motorsports and music history. Have a blast at a Cannon Ballers game or stop by Atrium Health Ballpark anytime to enjoy the splash pad and playground. At Village Park, see movies and concerts under the stars, ride the train, or hop on North Carolina’s only double-decker carousel! As Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s hometown, Kannapolis honors the NASCAR legend at Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza, one stop along The Dale Trail self-guided tour. Find more motorsports inside Stewart-Haas Racing and Curb Museum.
Eat: Chophouse 101
After visiting with his popular food truck Hot Tamale, Chef Carlos Hernandez realized his dream and opened his own restaurant in Kannapolis. Chophouse 101 is the first full-service restaurant in the heart of rejuvenated downtown. Enjoy fresh chops, steaks, seafood and more for lunch or dinner, and catch a movie next door at the historic, Art-Deco-style Gem Theatre.
Drink: Old Armor Beer Company
This veteran owned and operated craft brewery is a gathering spot for those who serve their country or community in any capacity and the people who support them. Along with weekly special events and live music, Old Armor invites guests to enjoy a “Pint of Freedom” and give back by contributing to the “Pay it Forward” board.
Do: North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Discover the state in a song! Here, exhibits showcase the legacies of artists like John Coltrane, Charlie Daniels, Roberta Flack, The Avett Brothers and other musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from all genres. Then, explore how music and motorsports collide at the adjoining Curb Museum, and reserve your seat at the next Induction Ceremony.
Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau