Even though many people walk, bike or drive to work, many Charlotteans also depend on the LYNX Blue Line to make it into Uptown. Not to mention, just having the light rail makes us feel like a real city – and a city that’s becoming more sustainable every day.
Below, follow the Blue Line through the city, station by station—to see what you can do at each stop for only $2.20 per ride.
Must-see Stops: Carolina Pavilion (Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, AMC Carolina Pavilion 22); Steak ‘n Shake
Must-see Stops: Snyder’s-Lance Factory
Did You Know? The Snyder’s-Lance business began in Charlotte after a local businessman converted a raw peanut deal that had gone awry into a prolific snack brand.
Must-see Stops: Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits; Tamaleria Laurita; La Catracha Restaurant
Did You Know? The Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits franchise was founded in Charlotte in 1977.
Must-see Stops: The Burrito Factory; 500 Degrees Pizzeria; Payal Indian Groceries & Spices
Must-see Stops: Bill Spoon’s Barbecue; Vietnam Grille; Fordham Park
Did You Know? Bill Spoon’s Barbecue opened in 1963, making it one of Charlotte’s oldest restaurants.
Must-see Stops: Three Spirits Brewery; Rountree Plantation; Arepas Grill; Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse
Must-see Stops: Queen Park Social; Great Wagon Road Distilling Company; The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Must-see Stops: Triple C Brewing Co.; Lenny Boy Brewing Co.; Mac’s Speed Shop
Did You Know? At 31,000 square feet, Lenny Boy Brewing Co.’s new South Tryon Street location is 530 percent larger than its original 4,900-square-foot space on Hawkins Street.
Must-see Stops: Tupelo Honey Café; Price’s Chicken Coop; Clair De Lune boutique
Did You Know?
Comedian Jay Leno has been spotted eating fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop while sitting on the curb of Camden Street.
Must-see Stops: Elder Gallery; Futo Buta; Wooden Robot Brewery; The Brass Tap
11. Carson Station
Must-see Stops: Midnight Diner; The Unknown Brewing Co.; Charlotte Cigar Club
Did You Know? Midnight Diner is open 24/7.
Must-see Stops: Levine Center for the Arts; JP Charlotte/The Westin Charlotte; Bank of America Stadium
Must-see Stops: Charlotte Convention Center; Hilton Charlotte Center City; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Amélie’s French Bakery
Did You Know? The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the world’s only sports hall of fame of its kind.
Must-see Stops: 7th Street Public Market; ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center; Levine Museum of the New South
Must-see Stops: The EpiCentre; Spectrum Center; The Punch Room/The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
New Light Rail Stops
Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte Center City Campus; First Ward Park
Did You Know? First Ward Park is one of more than 200 parks located in the Charlotte region.
Must-see Stops: Abari Game Bar; Joe’s Doughs; MoNA Gallery
Must-see Stops: Free Range Brewing; Amélie’s French Bakery
Must-see Stops: Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub; Cabo Fish Taco, The Evening Muse; Hart Witzen Gallery
Did You Know? Cabo Fish Taco has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Must-see Stops: Public art by Chandra Cox
Must-see Stops: North Point Shopping Center; America Deli; La Zima Bar Mexicano;
Must-see Stops: Public art by Tom Stanley; Around the World Market; Taqueria La Casita
Did You Know? Around the World Market is a huge purveyor of Indian food, but it also carries British, African and Thai provisions.
Must-see Stops: Public art by Jackie Chang; IKEA; Belgate Shopping Center
Must-see Stops: McCullough Commons: Taco Mac; University Executive Park
10. JW Clay Station
Must-see Stops: Jerry Richardson Football Stadium at UNC Charlotte; Cross Charlotte Trail; Lazeez Mediterranean Grill
Did You Know? The UNC Charlotte 49ers football program had its inaugural season in 2013 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte main campus; UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; Dale F. Halton Arena