Greater Charlotte comprises more than 200 different neighborhoods. Some of the places worth visiting include:

Center City (also referred to as "Uptown" or as "downtown"):This is the geographically small central business district, which is home to large office buildings, condominium towers, hotels and restaurants.  Retail is minimal, but currently exists throughout Over Street Mall, and more on street level retail will be opening up as all the current construction projects are completed.  However, center city is not a retail shopping destination (rather, see SouthPark, below).  New mid-rise residential and townhouse developments fringe the downtown area, with Fourth Ward being home to the few remaining 19th century Queen Anne architecture dwellings. This neighborhood also includes Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers), the Time Warner Cable Arena, Johnson & Wales University, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.  A new arts complex is also currently (early 2009) under construction. It's also the location of the Time Warner Amphitheater which hosts several concerts throughout the year. Surrounding the amphitheater is The Comedy Zone, bars, restaurants, and clubs.

University City: Set in the northeastern part of the city, this neighborhood is home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University Research Park and a gateway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and the Concord Mills shopping mall both in the city of Concord, NC.

South End: Named for its main thoroughfare, South Boulevard, is enjoying substantial rejuvenation.  Here, find restaurants, small shops, and offices.  A new light rail line (LYNX) connects the Center City with South End and adjacent Dilworth.

Dilworth: The city’s first streetcar suburb, was developed in two stages in the 1890s and 1920s on 250 acres southwest of the original city limits. Today, historic architecture fills this traditional neighborhood. Easy pedestrian access between Center City and the huge Carolinas Medical Center hospital complex make it a neighborhood popular with professionals and downtown business executives.  Restaurants and small shops abound.

Myers Park and Eastover: Are adjacent older residential areas considered among the most desirable close-in locations.  These neighborhoods have many old grand houses and towering oaks.

South Park: This is the place for upscale shopping.  About four miles south of Center City, it is Charlotte's principal shopping area.  This area of the city is anchored by and named after SouthPark Mall, which offers Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, and many, many more. Plenty of restaurants and other shopping centers are here, too.

Plaza Midwood: Don't miss this historic, funky neighborhood with its unusual mix of stately historic homes, turn-of-the-century bungalows, locally-owned shops, tattoo parlors, yoga studios, bars, clubs and restaurants.  

NoDa: One of the city’s arts districts, around NOrth DAvidson Street, is just north of uptown.  It has an eclectic collection of restaurants, music clubs and art galleries.  Not to mention the gentrification of the residential area.

Ballantyne: One of Charlotte's newest and sought-after suburbs on the southside of Charlotte, just north of the South Carolina border. Interstate 485 offers easy access to this neighborhood. There are plenty of upscale dining, shops, hotel accomodations and country clubs. Ballantyne is also home to a number of residential and office complexes. Ballantyne was named after land developer Howard C. “Smoky” Bissell's aunt Barbara Ballantyne.