Unique Charlotte Tours

Unique Charlotte ToursGiven Charlotte's rich past, there are several steps worth retracing in order to get a more focused glimpse of the city's fascinating history. The perfect way to hear these stories and see these sights for yourself is by taking one of the many specialized tours in Charlotte. See one of the most famous plantations, learn more about the fast-paced sport of auto racing, or take in a little bit of everything on one of the city's famous walking tours. Either way, get ready to be enthralled by the deep history that lives here in Charlotte.

Historic Rosedale Plantation
The Historic Rosedale Plantation was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew. He was a well-known and highly successful merchant, postmaster and tax collector. The structure was built in classic Federal style and was once the center of a 911-acre plantation. The home is now transformed as a museum that houses some of Frew's personal items, as well as various artifacts of interest from the era in which the home was originally built. The tour takes you through the home and offers detailed information about the history of the plantation as well as specific points about the architecture and detailing of the structure itself.

Address: 3427 Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206 - MAP
Phone: (704) 335-0325
Web: www.historicrosedale.org

Charlotte Center City Walking Tour
Make sure you are wearing some comfortable shoes when you experience the Charlotte Center City Walking Tour. You'll take a time-traveling, panoramic view of the city as you learn about some of its most historic points as well as some the most famous modern attractions that continue the city's forward-looking tradition. You'll stroll through the Victorian past when you walk through the Fourth Ward that features structures that are adorned with stained glass windows, flower-filled planters and big, expansive porches. See some of the most visually arresting homes that date back to the 1800s like the Bagley-Mullen House and the Overcarsh House. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Address: 330 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 - MAP
Phone: (704) 331-2753
Web: www.charlottetour.org

President James K. Polk State Historic Site
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site pays due respect to one of the state's most famous sons. Polk was a North Carolina native who went on to become President of the United States but he never forgot where he came from. This site continues to remind visitors of the man's humble beginnings. This reconstructed house is representative of those that were common during Polk's childhood. Take a tour of the structure that features various artifacts and other pieces from the era that help illustrate Polk's personal and professional journey to the White House.

Address: 12031 Lancaster Hwy US 521, Pineville, NC 28134 - MAP
Phone: (704) 889-7145
Web: www.polk.nchistoricsites.org

Charlotte Ghost Tour
When you see Charlotte for the first time, you are immediately struck by the modern structures and usual hustle and bustle of a city of its size. What you don't see are all the echoes of the past, and sometimes that past still haunts the modern places here in town. To find out exactly where these places are, take the Charlotte Ghost Tour. Some of the visitors from the past have been lingering presences in the city since the 1700s, and the chilling stories of these entities are not only interesting in and of themselves, they also lend a unique perspective to Charlotte's history.

Phone: (704) 962-4548
Web: www.charlottenctours.com

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Get revved up and see another side of professional car racing when you take a tour of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR fans and followers of their favorite drivers will love the chance to peek behind the scenes of one of the nation's most popular racing facilities. For a small fee (usually just $5), you can take the short but informative tour of the facility and even ride around the track at 75-miles-per-hour in a passenger van. If your need for speed is much stronger, then you can even sign up for the driving schools and drive yourself around the track after completing the necessary class.

Address: 5555 Concord Pkwy, Concord, NC 28027 - MAP
Phone: (704) 455-3200
Web: www.lowesmotorspeedway.com

Why walk when you can Segway and take a unique look at some of Charlotte's most famous sites? This unique tour is popular not only because you don't have to actually walk, but because the Segway riding machine is so much fun and so easy to navigate. See some of the city's most historic homes in the famous Fourth Ward neighborhood as you glide by in the totally modern Segway. Prices vary, so make sure to check the website, book early and Segway back in time for a great tour experience.

Web: www.charlottenctours.com