From its rich arts scene to the exciting races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina is a vacation destination offering something for everyone. The skyscrapers of Uptown quickly give way to historic streetcar suburbs that tell a unique story. Explore the Uptown District to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, as well as top art museums like the Mint Museum Uptown. Just outside of the city limits, enjoy favorite attractions such as the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters at Carowinds, the birds of prey at the Carolina Raptor Center, and whitewater rafting on the Catawba River. Book a stay at an incredible Charlotte vacation rental today. That said, embark on adventures in and around Charlotte at these nine unforgettable neighborhoods.

1. North Davidson

Also known as Charlotte’s Arts District, this funky neighborhood boasts a personality all its own. Stroll down streets of art galleries and colorful murals in the neighborhood’s own pedestrian-friendly downtown area, and find lodging in trendy lofts and converted mills. Be sure to check out the Neighborhood Theatre for some live music, and pick up some fresh veggies at the farmer’s market for preparing meals in your rental.

2. Second Ward

Making up the southern part of uptown Charlotte, the Second Ward is characterized by high-rise hotels and apartment buildings amidst booming businesses. This is the place to stay if you’re looking forward to an event at Charlotte Convention Center, and attractions such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and NASCAR Hall of Fame offer hours of family fun. Be sure to take some time to relax at Marshall Park where you can feed the ducks and geese on the lake while strolling along the nature paths.

3. Fourth Ward

The Fourth Ward makes up the northern portion of uptown where you find a mixture of high-rise hotels and converted Victorian homes. Entertainment is endless here, ranging from the Discovery Place children’s museum with interactive exhibits to the Levine Museum of the New South. This neighborhood is also home to the Spectrum Center. Catch a movie screening or performance at McGlohon Theatre located in a renovated church, and enjoy a number of pubs, grills, and cinemas within walking distance of your rental.

4. Plaza-Midwood

This streetcar suburb just east of uptown mixes the historic beauty of its turn-of-the-century houses with modern charm along Central Avenue, where you can explore cafes, bistros, and breweries. Despite its suburban location, Plaza-Midwood boasts a distinct big-city feel, creating a unique vacation experience for families looking to escape the lull of quieter areas. Check out the prestigious Charlotte Country Club, and take a tour of the historic Van Landingham Estate. The gardens alone are worth the walk from your rental.

5. Myers Park

Situated little ways south of Dilworth, this suburban neighborhood was professionally designed just after the turn of the century from an old cotton farm. Now, Myers Park is famous as the historic gem of Charlotte, featuring charming English Tudor and Georgian homes for rent with mature oaks and beautiful gardens out front. During your stay, be sure to catch a performance at Theatre Charlotte or test your swing at Myers Park Country Golf Club.

6. Dilworth

The oldest suburban streetcar community in the city, Dilworth conveniently rests just south of modern uptown while maintaining its old-fashioned charm. Here you can explore art galleries, coffee shops and boutiques housed in converted historic homes while many of the other old houses still welcome vacation renters, letting you enjoy your own piece of Charlotte history. After a day of exploring the museums of uptown, take your family to Latta Park for a bike ride through the 32-acre woods.

7. Barclay Downs

Relax and feel at home in this upscale neighborhood featuring beautiful apartments and luxury homes amidst a thriving business district. Staying here puts you steps from SouthPark Mall and other shopping hot spots where you can browse for bargains or catch a movie. If you get the chance, catch one of the concerts at Symphony Park.

8. Eastway

Just northeast of uptown Charlotte, Eastway is one of the closest neighborhoods to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, ensuring easy travel to and from the races. The neighborhood boasts charming homes along tree-lined residential streets, but you are just minutes from the museums and attractions of uptown via County Road 29. Between NASCAR events, you can enjoy a picnic at Briar Park or a play a game of disc golf at Eastway Park.

9. Ballantyne

Ballantyne is in the southernmost corner of the Charlotte metro area, boasting a modern, clean and quiet atmosphere. Home of five-star Ballantyne Golf Resort and Spa, the neighborhood is the perfect place to get out on the green or kick back for a relaxing spa treatment. It’s also known for its retail offerings and trendy restaurants in upscale Ballantyne Village. Embark on a family hike at Big Rock Nature Preserve, or head to the Greenways snaking through the area for an afternoon bike ride.