You could easily spend a week—or more—taking in all of the major sights in Charlotte , but it’s also possible to experience the highlights in just two days. Stay in Uptown for the easiest access to the rest of the city.
It’s possible to explore Uptown on foot or using public transportation, but you’ll need a car to explore the outlying neighborhoods.
Spend the day in Uptown, where Charlotte’s most famous historic sights are located within a few square blocks.
Have breakfast at Monticello at The Dunhill Hotel  before taking a self-guided public-art tour offered by the Arts and Science Council  or taking a trolley tour of the neighborhood on Charlotte Trolley .
Eat lunch at Alexander Michael’s  and spend the afternoon viewing the exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South , Mint Museum of Craft + Design , and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art .
Today, venture outside of Uptown to see some of the other impressive sights in Charlotte.
After breakfast, hop on LYNX light rail to go to South End. Start at the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum  before going to the Charlotte Art League  gallery and Atherton Mill . Spend a few hours checking out the home decor shops along Camden Road before joining the legions of locals for lunch at Price’s Chicken Coop .
Once you’ve had your fill of fried chicken, cross South Boulevard and spend the afternoon in Dilworth. Take some time to wander through the picturesque neighborhood past historic homes like The Walter Brem House  and the The Mayer House . The neighborhood is also a shopping mecca; East Boulevard is the main shopping area where stores like HandPicked , Cottage Chic , and sticki rice  are local favorites.
After a shopping spree, visit Freedom Park  at the end of East Boulevard. Stroll along the paved trail that circles the park and be sure to check out the amphitheater in case there is a concert or outdoor movie playing in the evening.
After exploring the park, walk across the street to have dinner on the patio at Cantina 1511 .
For a taste of Charlotte nightlife, check out any of the bars and music clubs you didn’t have time to visit last night. Don’t miss the North Carolina Music Factory  for a good dose of live music.