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!
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.
(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).
- 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!
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.
(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.