Combining natural beauty, world-class shopping and dining, and family-friendly attractions, Charlotte is a hidden jewel of the South waiting to be discovered.

Voted the nation's most livable city by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Charlotte has experienced a renaissance in the past decade that has made it one of the fastest growing and most vibrant cities in the U.S.

As a sports city, Charlotte is best known as the birthplace and home of NASCAR and home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, but it also has a rich golf history, having hosted the Kemper Open from 1969 through 1979 and since 2003 the Wells Fargo Championship each May. Today over 100 golf courses are available to visitors, with such famous golf attractions as Pinehurst, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head just a short drive away.

One hour from the Great Smoky Mountains, and three hours from the beaches, Charlotte is conveniently located in the Piedmont region, on the border between North and South Carolina. The clean and tree-filled landscape is usually dotted in the spring with azaleas, and more often than not accompanied with the unmistakably clear "Carolina blue" skies.