Hope & History

Often referred to as “The City of Churches,” Charlotte’s rich history and spirit of perseverance shines through Billy Graham’s birthplace, marvels of aviation and blocks of stunning Victorian-age abodes.

QC in Three Hours
(half day)


Carolinas Aviation Museum
Start your Charlotte adventure by screening the movie “Sully” while en route to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. The film tells the story of pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and his heroic landing of the Charlotte-bound US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. Inside the museum, you’ll find the actual aircraft from the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Carolinas Aviation Museum
Carolinas Aviation Museum - Photo by Lowell Warner

The Billy Graham Library
Carry the renewed spirit of hope and perseverance to The Billy Graham Library. The scenic landmark, which celebrates the life and legacy of Charlotte native Billy Graham, allows you to retrace the worldwide ministry of America’s Pastor via multimedia technology and fascinating memorabilia. Visits to an on-site gift shop, dairy barn café and Graham’s childhood home complete your experience.

Continue the Adventure
(make it a full day)


7th Street Public Market
7th Street Public Market

Lunch & Local Shopping at 7th Street Public Market
With counters serving up gourmet sandwiches, raw juice, artisan pizza, sweet confections and more, lunch options abound at 7th Street Public Market. When you’ve had your fill, browse the beloved city market’s selection of jewelry and gifts, which are handcrafted by local artists and merchants.

Historical Home Tour in Fourth Ward
Explore Uptown’s historic Fourth Ward district. The boundaries of Uptown’s four wards—divided at Trade and Tryon streets—were originally created for election purposes but are now vibrant areas of Center City. The 30 blocks that make up this beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood blend modern luxury apartments with restored Victorian homes that carry century-old stories and feature stunning architecture.


NarroWay Theatre
Photo courtesy of NarroWay Productions

Dinner & a Show at the NarroWay Theatre
Wrap up the evening with dinner and a show at NarroWay Productions, “The Broadway of Christian Entertainment.” Savor Southern fare and hospitality served up by a cast that delivers moving theatrical performances. Live animals, original stories and uplifting music are all part of the experience.