Get To Know Charlotte Before Flesh And Blood US Nationals

See what all there is to see, do, and eat while you’re in Charlotte for Nationals

Flesh and Blood US Nationals comes to Charlotte, North Carolina next weekend. Here’s a quick guide on what’s going on in the most populous city in the state packed with food and recreational options.

US Nationals plays out over September 23-25, leaving players plenty of time to get to see the Queen City if they arrive on Thursday night or can only play an event on Sunday. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing walk, museum visit, concert, sporting event, or just a good meal after a day of slinging cardboard, Charlotte has it all.


If you arrive early or a finish an event faster than expected, check out a park or museum to unwind. There’s a plethora of options within a short drive from the Charlotte Convention Center, including the 98-acre Freedom Park and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is located just a block away. If want something a little more active, there are plenty of golf courses, disc golf, and even an amusement park.


  • Freedom Park, 1908 East Blvd
  • US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
  • Sugar Creek Park Disc Golf Course, 939 W Sugar Creek Rd
  • Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Rd
  • Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 1133 Metropolitan Ave
  • McDowell Nature Preserve and Center, 15222 York Rd
  • Sunset Hills Public Golf Course, 800 Radio Rd
  • Carolina Golf Club, 2415 Old Steele Creek Rd
  • Carowinds Amusement Park, 300 Carowinds Blvd


  • NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd
  • Discovery Place Science, 301 N Tryon St
  • Discovery Place Nature, 1658 Sterling Rd
  • Mint Museum, 500 South Tryon St
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S Tryon St
  • Levine Museum of the New South, 401 S Tryon St Suite 100
  • Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr
  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, 551 S Tryon St


Sports fans are also covered next weekend. Professional golf, drag racing, soccer, and football will be on display around the area.


Catch a live concert in one of many music venues in the city.


Within a couple of blocks of the convention center, Charlotte has more than enough food offerings to satisfy any craving. Gamers that need a little boost in the morning have a handful of coffee or breakfast options. If you need a quick bite to eat in between rounds, you shouldn’t have any issues getting lunch. Then sit down for a nice meal with friends to regroup and exchange stories from the day of battling in the flesh and blood.

  • Coffee and breakfast
    • Starbucks, 601 S Tryon St
    • Starbucks, in Duke Energy Center, 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts
    • Night Swim Coffee, 620 S Tryon St Suite 150
    • Crane Coffee, 550 S Caldwell St
    • Waterbean Coffee, 300 S Tryon St Ste 150
    • Not Just Coffee, 222 S Church St
    • Famous Toastery, 330 S Tryon St
    • Einstein Bro’s Bagels, 501 S College St
  • Quick Eats
    • Sandwich Club, 435 S Tryon St
    • Johnny Burrito, 301 S Tryon St
    • Buffalo Wild Wings, 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd Suite B
    • JINYA Ramen Bar, 601 S Tryon St Unit 132
    • Chipotle, 316 S Tryon St
    • Potbelly, 320 S Tryon St
    • Subway, 301 S Tryon St
    • Jimmy John’s, 230 S Tryon St
    • Horace’s Hot Fried Chicken, 327 S Tryon St
    • Panera Bread, 201 S College St Ste. 150
    • Chex Grill and Wings, 400 S Tryon St Suite R2
    • Salata, 601 S Tryon St #131
    • Queen City Bites & Crafts, 135 Brevard Court
    • Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar, 101 S Tryon St #130
  • Restaurants
    • Brazz, 500 S College St
    • Dean’s Italian Steakhouse, 128 E Brooklyn Vlg Ave
    • Bernardin’s Restaurant At Ratcliffe, 435 S Tryon St Ste 100
    • Fin & Fino, 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts #100
    • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 222 S Tryon St
    • Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, 401 S Tryon St #130
    • MOA Korean BBQ, 128 S Tryon St
    • La Belle Helene, 300 S Tryon St Suite 100
    • Basil Thai Cuisine, 210 N Church St
    • Estampa Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, 401 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd #306
    • Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, 201 N Tryon St, Charlotte
    • The Capital Grille, 201 N Tryon St
    • Mellow Mushroom, 255 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Charlotte Fun Facts

  • Sixteenth-most populous city in the country, ahead of cities like Denver, Boston, and San Francisco
  • Named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, hence the nickname the Queen City
  • Citizens are called Charlotteans
  • Home to three major sports franchises: Carolina Panthers (NFL), Charlotte Hornets (NBA), and Charlotte FC (MLS)
  • Charlotte is the pimento cheese capital of the world
  • City was the location of the US’ first gold rush in 1799
  • Home to the oldest Dairy Queen in NC at 2732 Wilkinson Blvd

Go here for more details and registration information for US Nationals. Watch it the stream at twitch.tv/starcitygames. Join Bryan Gottlieb, Tannon Grace, Matt Di Marco, and Stephen Cookus for all the action over three days. The broadcast begins at 11:30 AM on Friday, 10:30 AM on Saturday, and 9 AM on Sunday.