Kannapolis, North Carolina

Holding the title of Cabarrus County’s second largest city, Kannapolis was developed by James William Cannon when he undertook a major expansion of the Cannon Manufacturing Company in 1907. Initially, Kannapolis consisted primarily of houses erected by Cannon Manufacturing and Cabarrus Cotton Mills. This housing remains intact today, and Kannapolis has one of the largest and best-preserved mill villages in the South. In Cannon Village (Dale Earnhardt’s hometown), race fans can tour landmarks along The Dale Trail and pay respects to the NASCAR legend at the Dale Earnhardt Plaza/Tribute with its larger-than-life statue, granite memorial.