2018 IAPD Leadership Development Conference: Area Attractions

May 21-23, 2018
Charlotte, NC, USA


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NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Located in Charlotte's Center City, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art brims with works by Miró, Giacometti, Calder, Warhol and a wealth of other 20th century notables. The previously private collection of the Bechtler family of Zurich, Switzerland was, until now, mostly unseen by American audiences. Accumulated over 70 years, the collection features mid-20th-century modernism along with books, photographs and letters that illustrate the personal relationships the Bechtler family maintained with some of the artists in the collection. The museum's terracotta-tiled building is one of Charlotte's most inspired and inspiring spaces.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

The USNWC’s 1,300 acres offers a variety of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour and mountain biking on a 30+ mile trail system. For those looking to kick back, live music and outdoor festivals create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and community. The River Jam concert series takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening throughout the summer months, in addition to nine unique festivals held throughout the year.

The Billy Graham Library

Experience the Billy Graham Library and learn about Billy Graham's humble beginnings as a farm boy in Charlotte to an international ambassador. Engage with history through curated collections of Graham's personal memorabilia, multimedia presentations and state-of-the-art exhibits. Tour the home Graham grew up in, which was rebuilt brick-by-brick on the library grounds. The beautifully landscaped prayer gardens offer a quiet place to reflect or to get a breath of fresh air. Stay for lunch or a treat at the Dairy Bar which offers Mother Graham's chicken salad, barbecue and delicious ice cream treats. Stop in Ruth's Attic for an inspirational new book or a souvenir to remember your visit.

The EpiCentre

The EpiCentre is the center of entertainment and nightlife in Charlotte. Spanning multiple floors in the heart of the city, the open-air design plays host to unique nightlife experiences. You can dance the night away, sample global cuisine, catch a movie or even roll a strike at one of the most style bowling lounges you’ve ever seen. 



Sea Level NC

If you’re searching for the freshest seafood and oysters in Charlotte, you’ve found your place. Sea Level NC serves farm-to-fork oysters sourced from North Carolina and all over the country. They also feature daily seafood catches and easy, delicious lunches like a lobster roll or fish tacos.

5Church Restaurant

New American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Cutting edge design, world class food and stellar service are all to be expected.

BLT Steak

Located in Charlotte’s first LEED®-built luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, BLT Steak Charlotte integrates their signature style with southern hospitality. The menu showcases specially selected steaks, fresh seafood and generous sides including their famous popovers. The Modern American Steakhouse’s beautiful dining room and bustling bar and lounge provide the true BLT experience with a Southern charm.

The Asbury

The Asbury offers dishes that are uniquely Carolinian: modern but rustic, evolving but still rooted in classics, Southern and welcoming. There is a strong tie to heirloom ingredients native to the area, lost to time and modernization, as well as specialty items grown by small, family farms throughout the local region.


Bernardin’s Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, elegant atmosphere and sophisticated, succulent cuisine.