Apr 9, 2024 - Things to Do

How to spend 48 hours in Charlotte with NASCAR driver William Byron

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William Byron. Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Your tour guide: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports driver of the No. 24 car, winner of the 2024 Daytona 500, and a Charlotte native.

The 26-year-old Charlotte Country Day alum was featured in Netflix's new docuseries "NASCAR: Full Speed," which follows the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series.

An activity that every Charlottean should try once: Riding the light rail to a Hornets game.

Here's William's itinerary for a perfect Charlotte weekend hosting out-of-town friends or family members.

Friday: BrickTop's and beers

I love BrickTop's. I always get the chicken Milanese. They have great desserts, too. We'd have to get the cookie skillet.

  • Afterward, we'd head to Ed's Tavern.
  • It's a great spot to watch a game and have a few beers.
  • I go there a lot with my buddies.
  • I love their boneless wings.

Saturday: A Freedom Park day

We'd start at Amélie's for breakfast. I always get a ham, swiss, and tomato breakfast sandwich on a croissant.

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Amélie's in Uptown. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Then we'd head over to Freedom Park.

  • You can play pickleball there, and I love walking the area by the pond, especially when the weather warms up.
  • I haven't been home on a Saturday in a long time, but that's a good way to spend an afternoon.
pickleball courts at freedom park
Pickleball courts at Freedom Park
  • For lunch, Harper's is a solid, quick lunch spot.
  • I always get the chicken supreme.

For dinner, we'd go to Steak 48.

  • I used to live right above there, so I'd go there a lot.
  • I always get a filet, and I'd definitely get one of their margaritas.
  • For dessert, they have this beignet tree that's amazing.
  • After dinner, we'd head to Goldie's to hear some live music.
Goldie's in charlotte
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Sunday: A send-off at Famous Toastery

Famous Toastery in Dilworth is a good spot, so we'd go there for breakfast.

  • I love their coffee, and I always get French toast or an omelet.
  • They have tons of different varieties.

Editor's note: We've updated this story with wording about Byron's upcoming event.

This story is proudly presented by Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. The editorial selection is not influenced or endorsed by this sponsor.

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