Charlotte is the most populated city in the state of North Carolina in the United States. It is also among the top cities in population in the entire United States, and it is currently the seat of Mecklenburg County. With a great location within Piedmont, Charlotte is second in size in the whole of the southeastern United States region. Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing cities in North Carolina and is a vibrant headquarter region for some of the world's top brands like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Charlotte has been ranked as a global city, and Charlotteans pride themselves in a stunning modern city, complete with ultra-modern skyscrapers and attractions that bring people from all walks of life. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the most outstanding architectures in Charlotte, complete with a modern touch and intricate design. Another iconic spot in Charlotte is the University of North Carolina and its scenic grounds. The Spectrum Center is a stunning design of an indoor arena that is used as a venue for several ball games and is among the top attractions in the city, as is the ultra-modern Bank of America Stadium. Within the Romare Bearden Park, visitors take to basking in the warm sun, picnicking, and photography, among other common activities. Family-themed fun and family amusement activities are also in plenty within the park. Other activities in Charlotte include canoeing, kayaking, and white-water rafting at the iconic US Whitewater Center. Rock-climbing, sightseeing, bird-watching, and other nature-related activities are common around the city.
Charlotte experiences a humid subtropical climate that is classified as Cfa in the Köppen climatic classification. The general weather features four distinct seasons, with moderately cool to mild winters and hot, humid summers. Charlotte receives ample rainfall that is evenly spread out through the year, because of its location along the path of the subtropical moisture emanating from the Gulf of Mexico. Ice storms during winter are experienced periodically and might be hazardous in specific areas of Charlotte. Winter has the temperature in the range of 55.6°F (13.1°C) and 13.8°F (-10.1°C), although the days might not feel as cold. There are up to four and a half sunshine hours per day, and occasionally, the temperature rises to as high as 59.9°F (15.5°C) or more. Summer has warm days with the mercury sticking to between 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 91.6°F (33.1°C) during the day and between 59.2°F (15.1°C) and 64.9°F (18.3°C) during most nights. The month of August receives moderately higher rainfall, with an average of 4.2" (106.7mm) in precipitation across approximately eleven days. Charlotte is a year-round travel destination. However, the largest crowds are experienced during summer, between May and September. This period has the warmest weather and the days are moderately dry; the perfect time to indulge in water activities and other outdoor ventures. There is a section of summer that has frequent rainstorms, though, and visitors remain advised. Some of the common events attended in Charlotte include the Queen's Cup Steeplechase that is held in April, featuring entertaining horse races held at the Mineral Springs. The sport attracts participants and spectators from all corners of the globe. Then there is the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that is held in May when the most spectacular motor and auto sporting events are shown.