Tour, taste and discover the destination’s history with experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
Wondering what makes this place so special? If you’re visiting Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland or Mt. Pleasant, here are attractions and activities to try that are unique to Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
Experience the excitement of this legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway during a major NASCAR event, on an exciting tour, or from the driver’s seat of a real race car. Located in Concord, the campus encompasses The Dirt Track at Charlotte and zMAX Dragway— the world’s first four-lane, all concrete drag strip. Known as the “Bellagio of Drag Strips,” zMAX hosts National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events twice a year with four-wide action in the spring and side-by-side racing in the fall. Charlotte Motor Speedway is also home to the country’s largest drive-thru, synchronized light show during Speedway Christmas.
Explore the stories of our state’s music industry greats with exhibits from artists like Charlie Daniels, Roberta Flack, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler, The Avett Brothers and many more. At this spectacular museum in Kannapolis, special items donated by the inductees are on display year-round. Listen to the tunes that shaped North Carolina’s musical heritage, then take part in the fun and witness music history by attending the next Induction Ceremony in October.
Whether you’ve been a fan of “The Intimidator” all of your life or are just now learning about this legendary stock car driver, The Dale Trail guides you through the life and legacy of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Cruise through the streets of his hometown in Kannapolis and visit the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza. This memorial park features a 9-foot, 900-pound statue and is filled with significant numerology. The self-guided tour also takes you around our region to stops like Richard Childress Racing.
This state historic site in Midland is where the first documented discovery of gold happened in the United States. Learn about the storied history from exhibits in the Visitor Center, then try your luck panning for a fleck of gold (open April to October each year). Whatever you find is yours to keep! Then, tour the underground mine tunnels and cool off with the natural AC– a special treat when the weather heats up in spring and summer.
Before the green flag waves, step inside the facilities where it all begins. See crews working behind-the-scenes as they prepare cars for the next race, discover motorsports history in museums, and take home authentic memorabilia and the latest gear from team stores. Just minutes Charlotte Motor Speedway, you’ll find teams like Stewart-Haas Racing (pictured above), Hendrick Motorsports, and RFK Racing.
Visit the town of Mt. Pleasant to tour the country’s first distillery located inside a former prison. Built in 1929, the old jail has been re-purposed and is now home to award-winning whiskey. Learn how the spirits are crafted and try one of their many offerings at the solitary confinement tasting bar, from the original 130-proof Sun Dog Corn Whiskey and popular Pink Lemonade flavor to Conviction Bourbon.
Find even more one-of-a-kind attractions, unique experiences and interesting stories by taking a deeper dive into each of Cabarrus County’s five communities and flipping through the pages of the Official Destination Guide.