mirrored statue in downtown Charlotte, NC
I love some good, striking public art like in Downtown Charlotte, NC

Take a walk through Charlotte, NC on a grey but not too cold day in December. We explore the downtown area.

Charlotte North Carolina walking tour Virtual Treadmill Walking Tour – 4K City Walks

This is the second of two Charlotte Walks. After a few days visiting with family, we continued on to Charlotte, NC. Home to several professional sports teams and lots of music venues, NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway, and even a whitewater kayaking course, the “Queen” city is a major financial and banking hub in the South. Named for Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and is the county seat of Mecklenburg courthouse.

In 1775 and local leaders signed the Mecklenburg Resolves. Though not a true declaration of independence from Great Britain, it is among the first of many declarations that eventually led to the American Declaration of Independence. On May 20, the traditional date of the signing of the resolves, the city celebrated annually in Charlotte as “MecDec”, re-enactors use musket and cannon fire in Independence Square

There’s about 2.6 million people in the metro area and traffic proved this out. The downtown area was somewhat decorated for Christmas and relatively quiet for a weekday morning. This is the first of two virtual walks I did in Charlotte. Let me know in the comments below if I missed anything or if I got something wrong. Also, please share your Charlotte experiences with us and if you use these for exercise, stress relief, or just for fun. I love hearing from you all. -Henry

Massive buildings in downtown Charlotte on cloudy day
It’s hard to forget the growth of Charlotte when looking at all these massive buildings

Wikipedia:  Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont region, it is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. The population was 874,579 as of the 2020 census.

It is the third-fastest-growing major city in the United States. Residents are referred to as “Charlotteans”. Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, Truist Financial, and the east coast headquarters of Wells Fargo, which has made it the second-largest banking center in the United States. Some of Charlottes most popular attractions and activities include the Carolina Panthers (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), the Coca-Cola 600, the Wells Fargo Championship, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Ballet, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. It is located several miles east of the Catawba River and southeast of Lake Norman.

The Catawba Native Americans were the first known historic tribe to settle Mecklenburg County (in the Charlotte area). By 1759 half the Catawba tribe had died from smallpox, which was endemic among European colonists. At their peak, Catawba people numbered 10,000, but by 1826 their total population had dropped to 110.

Charlotte was developed first by a wave of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, or Ulster-Scot settlers from Northern Ireland who dominated the Southern Piedmont Region. German immigrants also settled the area before the American Revolutionary War, but in much smaller numbers. They still contributed greatly to the early foundations of the region.

More of our North Carolina Walks:
Raleigh, NC Treadmill Walking Scenery
Charlotte, North Carolina – Downtown Walking tour
Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC Walking Tour
Wilmington, NC Downtown Walking Tour
Wrightsville Beach – Beach Walk on a Winter Day
Wrightsville Beach, NC Treadmill Walk
Charlotte, NC Virtual Walking Tour and Video
Walking Tour of the US National White Water Center in NC

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