When your home is “Where Racing Lives,” it’s easy to fuel a love for motorsports. Other local favorites include homemade cuisine, craft beer, shopping, family-fun attractions and historic sites in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant.
We love the big shows in the spring and fall. A quick look through the parking lot and you’ll spot plenty of NC plates. When it’s not NASCAR race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, you’ll find us covered in clay during the World Finals at The Dirt Track and with earplugs in at zMAX Dragway. At the superspeedway, Tuesdays in June and July are for Summer Shootout racing, cooler weather means car shows (extravaganzas, really), and the track turns into a winter wonderland you wouldn’t believe for Speedway Christmas!
You might think having the state’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center in your backyard would be bad for the budget. But designer deals at Concord Mills keep our closets and wallets in great shape. And it’s not just about how full the trunk is when we leave. We’re taking home memories of that walk through the underwater tunnel at SEA LIFE Aquarium and challenging each other to another race at The Speedpark.
Dinner and a show at the Davis are always a great choice. For dessert, Cabarrus Creamery is a must. During the summertime, you’ll find us raising a toast at Lil’ Robert’s Place and enjoying live music or an outdoor movie. Join in on the fun! Shop at places that sustain our community. Bring home items we created. Taste recipes that were passed down to us. Tell us where you’re from and what brings you here. This is what really makes Historic Downtown Concord a great place be.
We’re firm believers in the power of travel. But when the annual trip has already passed and we’re overdue for a little down time, staycation it is! Great Wolf Lodge offers a water park, arcade, bowling and great dining all under one roof. A few days in 84 degrees can be the perfect antidote to a summer heatwave and a frosty North Carolina winter. Goggles, anyone?
The Avetts are admittedly our favorite when it comes to tunes. Outside of listening to their latest record on repeat, we get our fill of harmony and horsepower at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Carolina-based artists like Charlie Daniels, Eric Church and Roberta Flack are honored right beside racing greats at the Curb Museum. Grab a seat beside us at the next induction ceremony in October!
Whether it’s “Thirsty Thursday” or a Saturday night fireworks show, you can bet on the local crowd being there to support our hometown minor league baseball team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. This year (2021) is the team’s inaugural season! Plan your visit and be one of the first to enjoy all the amenities of the brand new stadium in Downtown Kannapolis and help welcome players to their new home.
Did you hear Cabarrus County is the home of gold, too? From April to October each year, we visit Reed Gold Mine to make believe we’re Conrad Reed, cross our fingers and sift through silt from Little Meadow Creek searching for a fleck. Even when there’s no jackpot, touring the underground mine at the site of America’s first discovery of gold is pretty rich.
Irresistible Carolina blue skies are just part of the reason Frank Liske Park stays on our agenda. Visitors aren’t the only ones competing on the variety of fields here. Local tournaments on the 18-hole disc golf course require a strong arm. Then, legs do all the work during a paddle boat ride afterward.
One of the coolest things we do here in Cabarrus County is share something in common with the Earnhardt family — a love for the city of Kannapolis. It’s a place where you’ll find a photo of the Intimidator hanging on the wall of a local diner, and you won’t travel far without spotting that slanted 3 proudly displayed on hats, flags, mailboxes — you name it. The Dale Trail takes us to a lot of special places including Hendrick Motorsports. Okay, go ahead and make it 11 of our favorites — NASCAR Race Shops are at the heart of what makes this list possible.
Start planning your getaway to explore Cabarrus County, NC like the locals with these Places to Stay.