Horsepower, Harmony & Health
Once home to the world’s largest manufacturer of household textiles, Kannapolis has transitioned to a hub of nutrition-focused research. Just 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, the city remains a cornerstone of the state’s music and motorsports heritage. As scientists collaborate at The North Carolina Research Campus, exclusive attractions like Dale Earnhardt Plaza and events including the “Jiggy With The Piggy” barbecue festival draw visitors from near and far. For even more family fun, ride the Rotary Express Train, catch a summer concert or hop on the only double-decker carousel in the state at Village Park.
Eat: Forty Six
Famous quotes from luminaries including Madame Curie and Socrates adorn the dining room of this science-themed restaurant. Named for the number of chromosomes in the human body, Forty Six focuses on providing a healthy, flavorful menu. Stop in for brunch on Sunday or opt for dinner and a movie at the historic, Art-Deco-style Gem Theatre next door.
Drink: Intimidators Stadium
Thirsty Thursday at Intimidators Stadium is a local favorite. For a true Kannapolis experience, hit the concessions and kick back with “Dale’s Mater Sandwich” and a craft brew made in Cabarrus County. Named after legendary driver and hometown hero, Dale Earnhardt, the team plays over 70 home games from April to September with promotions like Baseball Bingo and post-game fireworks.
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 held every October.
Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau