As the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte has a lot to offer visitors. Business travelers will find plenty of options for dining and entertainment when they’re not hard at work, or when they need to impress a client or other business associates.
Picking Up Your Car Rental at the Airport
At the Charlotte Douglas Airport, you'll find the car rental booths across the street from the terminal in the Hourly Parking Deck. At National, we'll get you on the road quick and easy. If you already reserved a vehicle, have your reservation paperwork ready for a smooth-sailing experience. And should you not have a reservation, our helpful staff will get you situated in the perfect vehicle.
The airport is 8 miles from downtown and will take about a 20-minute drive down Wilkinson Boulevard.
Dining and Entertainment Destinations
Arduous work usually means you’ll need to power lunch it. With the convention center and most of the prominent businesses located downtown, a quick, delicious lunch as a reprieve is essential. Consider RedEye Diner for a fast, tasty meal that you can enjoy solo, or with a group. This 24-hour eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day long, offering something for everyone.
Sometimes, an impressive dinner is needed to keep your own sanity from a busy day or to treat clients and prospective business associates. South of downtown is Barrington's. Considered one of Charlotte's premiere restaurants, you'll find elegance and sophistication in each dish along with service and ambiance meant to impress.
There’s much more to do in Charlotte than merely eating delicious food, although that is a nice perk. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s plenty to see and do at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with interactive exhibits, a theater, and a museum showcasing the sport’s history.
Outdoor enthusiasts should consider rafting or kayaking at the U.S. National Whitewater Center where courses include class II-IV rapids. With adrenaline pumping, you can also check out Carowinds amusement park famous for Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.
Conference Center Information
If you're looking for a place for your next business meeting, consider the Charlotte Convention Center. The center is 7 miles from Charlotte Douglas Airport, located on the east side of downtown. With 550,000 square feet and features 37 meeting rooms, there is plenty of space and amenities for everything you might need. You can even take advantage of the full-service in-house food and beverage services.
The Harris Conference Center offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space. There is space for up to 500, making this the perfect spot for a trade show, convention, or even just a meeting. On top of this, you'll get outstanding state-of-the-art technology to use while you're here.