Thousands of democrats have flocked to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the Democratic National Convention. After days of groundbreaking speeches from Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage Thursday September 6. For convention-goers, or just visitors, Charlotte is a picturesque city with myriad activities to enjoy during a break from the DNC.
For art and culture lovers, check out Charlottes public art in a walking tour of the city. Independence Square is home to statues by Raymond Kaskey and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which opened its doors in 2010 is an ideal way to spend hours immersed in art. The museum's intimate setting contains treasures from the likes of masters such as Pablo Picasso and Le Corbussier. Outside the museum is an 18 foot tall Firebird sculpture covered in mirrored glass tiles.
The Mint Museum is home to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which showcases American, contemporary and European art located in uptown Charlotte.
Head to the North Davidson Street Art District or NoDa which is North of Uptown, Charlotte. Here visitors can shop, eat, drink and visit galleries in a picturesque, funky setting. Every 1st and 3rd Friday throughout the year, NoDa hosts its Gallery Crawl from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For outdoor lovers, the U.S. National Whitewater Center has more than 400 acres of outdoor activities including kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and even ziplining with no admission fee.
Check out some dining and nightlife options in Charlotte in the video below: