Ranked eighth out of the one hundred "Best Places to Live and Launch" by CNNMoney.com, Charlotte, North Carolina offers visitors the best of business, recreation and overall southern hospitality. If you are looking for Charlotte hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, all offering comfortable accommodations and low rates. Click on the link below for Extended Stay Hotels in the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area.
Hosting the headquarters for Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Lowe's home improvement stores and steel producer Nucor, Charlotte is a major center of the robust Southeastern economy. Charlotte’s strategic location and mild weather have helped to make it a major distribution center for companies like OfficeMax and Family Dollar. Individuals who want to mix history and art will enjoy visiting The Mint Museum of Art. Originally housing a branch of the U.S. Mint, the museum today has an interesting permanent collection and hosts traveling exhibitions as well. The Levine Museum of the New South uses hands-on and interactive exhibits to describe the time and trials of life in the American South from 1865 to the present time. Anyone interested in flight will want to spend a few hours at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. With exhibits ranging from a reproduction of a 1902 Wright Brothers glider to jet-age fighter aircraft, you don’t have to be a pilot to enjoy looking at these aircraft. For history of a different type, consider a trip to the James K Polk Historic Site and learn more about our 11th president. While not well-known, President Polk officiated over a war and significant growth in the size of our nation. Charlotte offers theater lovers a large and diverse group of performance options. Lovers of traditional performance styles, from Broadway musicals to stand-up comedy, will want to see what is playing at the Blumenthal and Spirit Square. What some people find strange, others find interesting. If you like unusual performances, consider a visit to the Carolina Actor's Studio Theatre, or CAST, a local experimental theater company. Nationally known for auto racing, it comes as no surprise that Charlotte was selected by NASCAR as the site for its headquarters as well as its Hall of Fame, both opened in the spring of 2010. Charlotte also hosts NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Race series, delivering three exciting races each season. Charlotte Motor Speedway is not only home to NASAR races, it is also a hub for both drag strip and dirt track racing. Sports fans have plenty to enjoy beyond racing. If professional football is your game, you will love the Carolina Panthers. This exciting team appeared in the 2004 Super Bowl and has been entertaining local fans and tourists alike since 1995. For sports action on the hardwood, basketball fans should visit Time Warner Cable Arena where the NBA Bobcats are sure to entertain. Great AAA baseball can be found just 20 minutes south of Charlotte in Fort Mill. Here the Charlotte Knights, affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, have been playing the national pastime since 1976. Another minor league team, the Charlotte Checkers, keep hockey fans on their feet. Affiliated with the New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche, the Checkers were the first minor league professional hockey team to locate in the South. While not as well-known as football and basketball, soccer and rugby are amazing games to watch. Lovers of these fast-paced, exciting games can watch the Charlotte Eagles play soccer or take in the action at the Charlotte Rugby Football Club. A sport that is recapturing America’s heart is women’s Roller Derby, and Charlotte has its very own team. If you have not experienced this hard-hitting game, be sure to catch the Charlotte Roller Girls next time they are in town. For the young and the young-at-heart, Charlotte offers Carowinds, a fun theme park with all the thrill rides, family rides and live shows you could want. The youngsters will thoroughly enjoy Planet Snoopy, Carowinds’ fantastic children’s area. Looking for excitement that is more in tune with nature? Take the 20-minute drive west to the National Whitewater Rafting Center. This multi-discipline facility will have you flying down a zip line, climbing a rock face or mountain biking through exciting terrain. Perhaps the parks’ most amazing feature is the manmade rafting channel that delivers class II to IV whitewater rapids. Charlotte is a great place to golf. Meeting the needs of golfers looking for a fun, yet non-intimidating round of golf, Sunset Hills Golf Course offers both 9-hole and 18-hole courses. Golfers looking for a more challenging game have plenty to choose from since greater Charlotte area has over 50 public golf courses. For a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Charlotte, Extended Stay Hotels has just what you are looking for.