The Home of NASCAR
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is considered one of the busiest sporting complexes in the country. Typically, the site hosts over 380 events of some kind every year. In addition to the signature 1.5-mile oval for NASCAR, the facility also features a drag strip, a dirt track, and an auxiliary track that is only one fifth of a mile long. Charlotte, North Carolina is considered to be the world headquarters of NASCAR racing and hosts some of the biggest races every year, including the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
Concord Mills Mall
Located just under a mile away from the Speedway is the Concord Mills Mall. There are over 200 stores, a 24-screen movie theater, several full-sized restaurants, as well as an extensive food court. While the carousel in the mall is intended for children, there is nothing wrong with the occasional adult shopper taking a whimsical spin on one of the animals. The mall also features a walking club, The Mills Milers, which come to the mall in the early mornings for a low-cost indoor workout. During the dog days of the North Carolina summer, the air conditioning is another big selling point.
Dining Out in Concord
The dining scene in Concord extends well beyond traditional Southern fare. But have no fear, there are plenty of barbecue joints and hush puppies to be had as well. R&R Barbecue is the place to go to fill that appetite. You can also check out Gianni's Trattoria, a locally-owned gourmet Italian place where the roasted duck breast with fig-onion marmalade and port reduction is a local favorite. Restaurant 46, named for the number of human chromosomes, makes a delicious if unexpected addition to the Concord food scene, serving upscale health food focusing on locally sourced produce and sustainable fish.