Charlotte, NC / Charlottesville, VA ?

Both Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia are important cities to me.

Charlotte, NC is where:

  • I was born!
  • I was raised, through high school.

Charlottesville, VA is where:

  • I went to College (go ‘Hoos!).
  • I live now!

But, even though these two cities seem world’s apart to me- both in character, and literally (they’re about five hours apart by car)- it can be tough to keep them straight, because both are the namesake of the apparently alluring Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of England, and, for those who know me, because both have been my home for significant stretches of my life!

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So I threw together this brief overview of these two lovely cities to help keep them straight!

Charlotte, North Carolina

Is a city in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is the largest city in North Carolina, with close to 2.5m people in the metro area.

Charlotte_Skyline_2011_-_Ricky_W(Downtown Charlotte Skyline. Credit: Ricky W)

It is known colloquially as “the Queen City.”

Charlotte is known for:

  • Its majestic, magnolia-lined streets.


  • And for being home to a few big banks (e.g. Wells Fargo), as well as some other big players in industries like energy, healthcare, and, yes, NASCAR (Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame).

NASCAR Hall of Fame

  • As well as its pro sports teams, like the Panthers and Bobcats… and, once upon a time, the Charlotte Hornets : (


Even if you’ve never been to Charlotte, you’ve probably been stuck for an hour or two at:

The Charlotte International Airport!

Charlottesville, Virginia

Is a college town in Central Virginia on the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains with a little over 100,000+ people in its metro area.

800px-2008-0830-Charlottesville-DowntownMall(Downtown Charlottesville. Credit: Bobak Ha’Eri)

It is known colloquially as “Cville.”

Charlottesville is known for:

  • The University of Virginia.


  • And for being home to Thomas Jefferson (who founded UVA), as well to writers like John Grisham and musicians like Dave Matthews Band.


  • As well as its great breweries, wineries, and an amazing food and arts scene.


Even if you’ve never been to Charlottesville… you’ve probably had a beer from:

Devil’s Backbone Brewery!

Come and visit either of these cities with me, and I’ll show you what else I love about them!

Psst! Hey, DC folk… just FYI… Charlottesville is an easy trip from DC! It takes about 2.5 hours by car, train, or bus from DC. I recommend taking Amtrak to avoid the beltway traffic, which gets you there and back for $22 each way (if you buy ahead of time) and comes with wifi onboard.

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