Erin Breeden

As North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte balances the perks of a big city with a small-town feel. Headquarters to Bank of America and Truist Bank, the Queen City is a financial force in America, though it has become known for its growing art and cultural scene and world-class culinary and brewery presence in recent years. There’s its fleet of towering skyscrapers, hotels and museums Uptown but you can uncover chic shops and eateries in Plaza Midwood, along with hip cafés and breweries in NoDa’s former textile mills.