Want to learn a little more about our Queen City? You can with a simple walk. They are free and give background on our great city history.

Charlotte City Walks return in person this spring from April 25-May 8. Now in their 10th year, City Walks get people outside to learn about the Queen City’s history. This includes the architecture and more. These free city walks are led by residents, historians, artists, activists, and non-profit leaders. Fun fact, this will be the first time the free tours have been in person since 2019.

In a city growing by 54 people a day (according to the latest U.S. Census data), Charlotte City Walks give newcomers and long-time residents alike the chance to learn about their community and explore issues affecting it, including equity, affordable housing, development, and transportation.

How to Participate 

This year’s walks will take place over two weeks from April 25-May 8. You can register for a walk here. Once again this year, Charlotte City Walks also offers free, self-guided tours on the Clio app or available for download at citywalksclt.org as well. City Walks encourages participants to follow safety precautions, including social distancing. Masks are not required outdoors, but participants are welcome to wear one. Pre-registration is required for these events and space is limited.

  • 2022 Charlotte City Walks Include the Following

  • Historic West End / Biddleville

    Visit the area around Johnson C. Smith University, a historic heart of African American Charlotte. Landmarks include the 1881 Biddle Hall clock tower, the restored 1890s home of educators Dr. George E. and Marie G. Davis, and the Mosaic Village project. Tour leaders are Michael Webb, a JCSU-trained historian with deep roots in the neighborhood, and Tom Hanchett, author of the Charlotte history “Sorting Out the New South City.”

  • Ramble Along The Plaza

    Ramble Along The Plaza. Off Central Avenue, the broad, landscaped boulevard of The Plaza holds an eclectic array of historic buildings, including one of the city’s most ornate Queen Anne-style homes and one of its finest Arts & Crafts examples, along with many bungalows.

  • Dilworth & South End

    Join community historian Dr. Tom Hanchett for a 90-minute stroll through the South End and parts of the Dilworth Historic District, Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb.

  • Elizabeth

    Explore the bungalow side streets of this early streetcar neighborhood, home to the Belk department store family and nationally-famed author Harry Golden, as well as Charlotte’s first city-owned park.

  • Treetops and Tombstones

    Charlotte’s Supernatural Arboretum. Elmwood Cemetery is one of Uptown Charlotte’s most unique and historic locations. It’s also a certified arboretum. City of Charlotte arborists will give tips on how to identify some of the special trees in the cemetery, and the cemetery manager will discuss the cemetery’s monuments and historical figures buried there.

  • Heart of Myers Park

    Boston-based John Nolen, perhaps the nation’s most important planner during the early 20th century, created Myers Park in 1911. The tree-shaded avenues had a broad influence across the South and beyond. Explore some of the neighborhood’s oldest blocks, including the grand estate of James B. Duke. Tour leader Tom Hanchett is co-author, with Mary Kratt, of the book “Legacy: The Myers Park Story.”

  • The Stories behind the Stones – A Walk through the Charlotte Hebrew Cemetery

    Walk with Brian Yesowitch through Hebrew Cemetery, which dates back to 1867 and is recognized for its green spaces and being a stop on N.C. Butterfly Highway. Learn about famed author and civil rights activist Harry Golden and others who contributed to Charlotte’s growth after the Civil War.

  • The Evolution of University City

    Come see where momentum is taking University City on this 75-minute walk led by University City Partners’ Tobe Holmes and Jordan Harris. Explore the University City Farmers Market and current redevelopment sites that will make this area more walkable, and learn about the challenges and opportunities that come with growing “a city within a city.” The tour ends at University City’s Armored Cow Brewery.