PDGA World Championships Coming Soon: Disc Golfer’s Travel Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina

With the 2012 PDGA World Championships just around the corner, thousands of disc golfers, their friends and family as well as a large number of crew members, will be embarking upon the city of Charlotte, North Carolina for the week of July 14-21. I’ve put together this guide with some of the top sites and attractions as well as restaurants in the area with a little help from one of the locals, Billy Crump, who is also an ambassador for the sport of disc golf.  Many disc golfers and the PDGA crew will be staying at The Blake Hotel in Uptown

While quite a bit of everyone’s time will be spent watching some of the best disc golfers on the planet showcase their skills on 14 regional courses, here is a look at some of the dining and sightseeing options in the Queen City, and in particular near The Blake Hotel located in the Uptown area, where many disc golfers and PDGA crew will be staying.

Pubs, bars and restaurants

OneWay Smokehouse & Grill is located just down the street from The Blake at 901 East 4th Street. If you like good BBQ, this place is said to be one of the best and they even offer $5 lunch specials.

Bravo Ristorante & Lounge is The Blake’s onsite restaurant, offering  American, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean. The food is said to be fantastic and also affordably priced with entrees in the $10-15 range and less expensive lunch specials.

Chamber’s American Grille just down the street at the Crowne Plaza has pretty dismal reviews on most sites, although a few have mentioned they do have good hot wings. Sounds like a place to skip!

Quizno’s is a great place to grab a quick and delicious sandwich, located at 901 East 4th Street.

Alexander Michael’s Restaurant and Tavern at 401 W. 9th St is about two miles from The Blake and said to be one of four must restaurants for Charlotte visitors and one of the “best kept secrets” in the Uptown area.

Just a mile and a half away is Price’s Chicken Coop at 1614 Camden Road, this place is said to be the home of some of the best southern friend chicken in the region, and another must dining experience for travelers.

The BlackFinn Saloon in Uptown at 210 East Trade Street, just one mile from The Blake, is said to have a great upscale bar atmosphere with friendly staff and decent food.

The Crown Station at 1425 Elizabeth Ave, less than a mile from The Blake, is said to not only have delicious coffee drinks but a wide array of great beers and good bartenders to serve them.

If you want to check out an old fashioned carhop, Billy Crump recommends the South21 Drive-in at 101 E Independence Blvd, a little over four miles southwest of The Blake. They’ve been featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” and are said to have some of the best food and service in town.

Shopping and entertainment

The EpiCentre is located one mile from The Blake at the intersection of Trade and College Streets. According to their website, this is the Southeast’s “hub for dining, entertainment, recreation and nightlife.” The many restaurants, shops and nightspots are situated in an open air pavilion providing dramatic views of the Charlotte skyline. Bank of America Corporate Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Convention Center and the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum are all here as well as a bowling alley, movie theater, lots of shopping opportunities and more.

Sites and attractions

If you want to take a stroll in one of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, the Dilworth Historic District is two miles south of The Blake and is said to be one of Charlotte’s most distinct neighborhoods.

Discovery Place is located in Uptown at 301 N Tryon Street. They offer a museum featuring the “world of science,” as well as an IMAX Theatre with films like “To The Arctic,” an extraordinary journey to the top of the world, and “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World.”

The U.S. National Water Center  is “home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and with many different water and land activities, the USNWC is Charlotte’s ultimate playground,” and Great Wolf Lodge offers an indoor water park where you can “splash the day away in over 80,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones.”

Racing fans might want to explore one of Charlotte’s most famed attractions, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, said to have been built not only to   honor the “sport’s history, its moments and its best drivers,” but was also built as “a tribute to its passionate fans and offer a full-throttle experience for newcomers.”

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located just down the street from The Blake at 400 East Martin Luther King JR Boulevard.

NFL fans can check out the Panthers’ stadium, Bank of America Stadium, right in Uptown and just a little over a mile from The Blake at 800 South Mint Street, while NBA fans can visit the home of the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena at 333 East Trade Street in Uptown.

The Disc Golf Worlds are now just eight days away, hope to see everyone there!

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