Transportation enthusiasts will enjoy their visit to Charlotte, with an abundance of museums dedicated to aviation and motorsports.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame should be the first stop for NASCAR fans, where you can check out historic race cars like a 1967 Chevelle, a 1952 Hudson Hornet, or the 2008 Chevy Impala SS that once belonged to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There’a also a banked ramp, simulating a racetrack, the Hall of Honor with all its inductees, and a 64-foot movie screen with surround sound.
Carolinas Aviation Museum
If you’re a fan of aviation history, you’ll love the Carolinas Aviation Museum, where you can learn about the history, evolution, and technology of flight. There are a variety of airplanes on display, including a Wright flyer replica, a Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat, and a Sopwith Camel biplane. There are also other aircraft displays, such as a CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter from the Vietnam era and aQH-50 DASH copter.
There are also tours available, if weather permits, where you can check out planes on the tarmac, like the 1999 Airbus plane that became famous as US Airways Flight 1549, which struck a flock of Canadian geese, which damaged both engines. The plane was able to land on the Hudson river, and miraculously all the passengers survived.
Hendrick Motorsports Museum
Only one mile from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Hendrick Motorsports Museum offers a look into the history of Hendrick’s Motorsports. Fans can get a fascinating insider’s look at how racecars work, check out the most famous Hendrick’s stock cars, and see all of the championship trophies on display.
You can also see display cars like Jeff Gordon’s car from his winning Daytona 500 race, Terry Labonte’s Iron Man machine, and the Chevy Lumina from Days of Thunder.
If anyone in your family is a fan of airplanes, helicopters, or racecars, or is a NASCAR fan, you’ll definitely want to put Charlotte, North Carolina on your list of must-see cities. Between these museums and the racetracks, plus all the other family friendly museums and attractions throughout the city, you’ll never want to leave.
Charlotte is a large city, and though it is spread over quite a large area, the majority of the entertainment, attractions, and restaurants are in and around the downtown area, making it easy for visitors to “The Queen City” to enjoy their stay.