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About Charlotte

A lot has happened in Charlotte since APS last met there in 2003! The city has seen steady population growth and continued development, including the addition of many new restaurants, attractions, and hotels, including our headquarters hotel, The Westin. Charlotte is known for its big outdoor appeal, including many public plazas, art, and parks.

The Charlotte Convention Center and APS designated hotels are located in the uptown area of Charlotte and are within walking distance of the city’s major attractions. Visit for more information on what to see and do in Charlotte and how to get around once you’re there.


August in North Carolina is typically hot and sunny, with average highs of 88F/31C and lows of 69F/21C.


The city’s largest entertainment destination, EpiCentre, features retailers, restaurants, and nightlife. The space also includes a 25,000 square foot open air pavilion, which hosts the Alive After Five summer concert series. EpiCentre is located just a few blocks from the convention center.

Nascar Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which just opened on May 11, 2010, includes many historical artifacts and tributes to drivers. The all-new facility will also host special events, exhibits, and ceremonies throughout the year.

Self-Guided Public Art Walking Tour

The free, self-guided walking tour is designed to help visitors get to know Charlotte on your own time and showcase the city’s great public art. Visit to download a script and maps for this tour and learn more about other cultural opportunities in the area.

Public Transportation

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail
The Blue Line runs right through Center City and the Charlotte Convention Center and connects to the major museums, attractions, and sporting events found there. It costs $1.50 each way.

Charlotte Area Transit System
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) provides bus service options from 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. $1.50 each way, $2 for express routes. Visit the website for a system map.

Charlotte Trolley
This trolley leaves from the Bland Street Station behind the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum on Saturdays and Sundays and provides a fun, relaxing way to see the city. $3.00/round trip ticket.