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Downtown has a wide variety of shops including a Cuban diner, French Chocolatier & wine bar, Caribbean restaurant, gourmet restaurants, a dive shop, antique & specialty shops, a soda shop, outstanding sandwich shops, and bakeries, all in about 4 square blocks. There is also a fabulous memorial garden down the street and an art gallery located in...more
This courthouse was built in 1876 at a time when Cabarrus County was a rural hinterland a long wagon ride from Charlotte. As the county grew into a major suburban area with 136,418 inhabitants (countywide) as of the last census, it needed more modern facilities. Fortunately, the county took great care to preserve this architectural oddity for all...more
The town on Kannapolis has exactly one thing in which a tourist- and one who is a NASCAR fan- would be interested. That is the Dale Earnhardt tribute. Full disclosure: I'm a Rusty Wallace fan. I made the trip to Kannapolis as a cultural trip. From the 1970s through to his untimely death in a February, 2001 race accident, he was known as The...more
Lowes Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks on the Nascar racing circuit, and has always proven to be one of the most exciting. They have 3 major races here a year, Memorial Day weekend always has the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the year, as well as one of the most exciting races of the year the Saturday night prior to that, the...more
Frank Liske Park is hidden on the edge of Concord. This park has hiking trails, a fitness trail, sports fields (including baseball, soccer, and volleyball), tons of playgrounds, paddle boats, picnic areas, miniature golf, and a duck pond, too!!!!Also, from the barn area, there is a GREAT view of Charlotte and Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord.more
now i know this is technically a shopping tip... but this mall is more of an attraction than anything else.... so this is why it's listed here for ya.... :-)tourists come here (seriously) to see it..Concord Mills opened in the fall of 1999, and has been a big attraction ever since. At this mall you'll find outlet stores, a huge Bass Pro Shops...more
Lowe's Motor Speedway is right on the edge of Harrisburg. Technically the speedway is located in Concord, but the Harrisburg town limit is only 1 mile away. Whenever the races come to town, the area is bustling with activity. Lowe's Motor Speedway is huge, and definitely worth seeing. The two big races are in late May and late October. If you're...more
All around Concord, you'll find hundreds and hundreds of boulders. Some of them are as big as a small house, and some of them are as small as a dog, but they are everywhere, and a sight to see. I don't know how they got there... perhaps due to some ancient volcanic activity... and that's what makes it interesting!!!more
Local place that is always crowded with a line on some nights. They have some of the best hush puppies I ever had. A family restaurant there is nothing special about the decor. Popcorn shimp, Clam strips, Boiled shrimp and the flounder are my favorites. Course the Hush puppies I always order extra.more
A few years ago, my wife and I were very fortunate to come across this restaurant, and have been frequent visitors ever since. Whether you're comfortable with standard Mexican fare- tacos, enchiladas, etc. or are a bit more adventurous in your eating, Andele! is well worth the few minute drive from downtown Concord. To begin, every table is served...more
This is the second most ample mall food court I've seen. Only Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia has more choices. Among what you'll find at the Concord Mills food court: Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Burger King, Cajun Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Candy World, Carvel, Cinnabon, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Dive In,...more
So, I received this email from someone on the board of this theatre (I've corrected my mistake in my Courthouse tip!).
"I appreciate your post on Concord, but there is a small problem with your
write-up on the Old Cabarrus Courthouse. It is actually called the HISTORIC
Cabarrus Courthouse, and the OLD COURTHOUSE THEATRE does not perform there
We (Old Courthouse Theatre) are now housed in our own building in Concord. You
can get more information from our website: www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
More information on the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse can be found here:
Secretary, Board of Directors, Old Courthouse Theatre. "
It's good to see people are paying attention to the material here on VT! Thanks for the correction, Mark.
Concord is a bedroom community of Charlotte. You can see on the map (enlarge) that it is conveniently located on Interstate 85 which runs from Petersburg, Virginia through to Montgomery, Alabama. Concord runs through several exits, but many visitors to Concord use exit 49 to go to the mall or the racetrack.more
I usually would drive to Concord using 81 South to 77 South and then get on I85... well, I found a time saving route... take 220 South and stay on it so that it becomes 68, take a short stint on 65, then cut to 158, then 421 briefly, then 52 and it becomes 85, i used this last time and even in race traffic it took just under 3 hours, my friends...more
This place might be reason enough to visit Concord. Not only is it a bookstore, it's also a surprisingly tasty tavern that serves up unique southern specialties (great fried green tomatoes and chowders) and a good selection of mostly regional brews. To top it off, on the weekends, it becomes an live music venue. Check out the website below for...more
Sad, but sometimes true, some stereotypes some foreigners have against Americans have a grain of validity. For example, that malls like this- as opposed to Main Street, small town USA- rank among the top attractions among American tourists. I went up here to see what sets this mall apart from the rest of the lot. Well, quite a lot, actually. The...more
I wandered in here in search of any remaining t-shirts commemorating the Carolina Panthers' victory in the National Football Conference championship game. They were out of those shirts, but they did still have a cap with that inscription. Besides that, I got postcards, a refrigerator magnet, and a North Carolina booklet. The clerk was very...more
This should be a general tip, but it's neither a favourite thing nor a fondest memory. For many decades, the Piedmont region of North Carolina had many working textile factories. However, international trade deals (favoured by leaders of both major parties) have sent textile jobs abroad and left people from Southside Virginia through the Carolinas...more
For someone who is colour blind, the featured photo would seem like a typical example of North Carolina architecture. The house has a front porch, which is as much a social statement as an architectural feature and high ceilings like so many traditional houses in the South. What made this house irresistable for the snapping was its light purple...more
What is there to do on a Saturday night here? Not much, so the local kids go cruising around the mall and around town!!! It's silly, I know, but if you drive around here on the weekend with your windows down at night, expect to see A LOT of other kids doing it, and possibly get some shouts!!! :-)more
Luggage and bags:
LIght because its so hot youll die of stroke carrying them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Naked wouldnt be light enoguh but since we all must wear clothes I would suggest light breathable materials and make them in form of shorts, skirts, tanks and tees.
Miscellaneous: It is VERY hot and Humid and will rain at the drop of a dime. I remember many a week with the temperature into the 100's. THe air quality is terrible in Charlotte and on several days they will hit purple and tell you not to go outside if avoidable. This town gets crazy during NASAR season and unless you are coming for them stay away those weeks.
No more than 20 minutes by car (barring some sort of horrendous crash), is Uptown Charlotte. Everything one could possibly need is available in Char-Meck (Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, for those from Roxboro). Not only are there gleaming towers of commerce, but there is the quirky neighbourhood of NoDa (North Davidson Street between 34th and...more
Well, I really can't imagine visiting Concord and NOT visiting Charlotte. In fact, it's almost certain that you'll be in the area to visit Charlotte and a the likely excursion would be to Concord and not the other way around. Either way, Charlotte is a great place to live. It's the biggest city in North Carolina, although if you're coming from...more
The North Carolina Zoo is really an excellent day trip from Concord, just up I-85 an hour or so north. The zoo is the largest in the country by acreage and one of the nicer zoos I've visited (though not THE best). If you're traveling with children, a zoo is always a great option. For more information and lots of photos, check out my Asheboro page.more
Some sport commentators mistakenly call this the Charlotte Motor Speedway even though it is not even in the same county as the city of Charlotte. Lowe's is a regional chain of home improvement stores based in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. With 250.000 seats, I know of no other sporting facility in the USA, maybe not even the world which...more
The greater Charlotte area is Nascar central. Personally, I don't really get what's so exciting about watching cars driving around in circles, but then again, I'm sure there's much more to it. I'll admit my ignorance in this area, but sometimes, ignorance is bliss. There must be something intriguing about it, since Nascar has become America's...more
Favorite thing: While there are plenty of modern-day strip malls inside the limits of Concord, the downtown area still retains its charm and most of its slots are full. The old and new courthouse sit side by side and the Cabarrus Creamery still serves its locally-made ice cream. Downtown probably shows more life on weekdays and Saturday mornings. Concord was part of our north Charlotte tour on the last Sunday of March, 2004 which included UNCC, Concord, Kannapolis, and Charlotte north and west of Uptown. At the time this snap was taken, Mark and I were in search of the Dale Earnhardt tribute which, we found out, is located in neighbouring Kannapolis.