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Kannapolis[1] is a town in North Carolina, roughly 15 minutes north of Charlotte by car. It is known primarily as the home of the Earnhardt auto-racing family, and the former home of a large textile industry. It is currently revitalizing as a "bedroom" community of Charlotte.

Get in[edit]

  • From Interstate 85 North, take exit 58, 60, or 63.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport [2]
  • Concord Regional Airport [3]

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

A statue of Dale Earnhardt in Kannapolis, NC - part of The Dale Trail
  • NC Research Campus, [5].
  • The Dale Trail, a self-guided tour of important landmarks in the life of Dale Earnhardt [6].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • NC Research Campus, [7].
  • Gem Theater, [8]. A movie theater built in 1938 and still in operation today, showing first-run movies.
  • Cannon Village A Williamsburg-style shopping village styled in the heart of Kannapolis. [[9]]
  • Kannapolis Intimidators, Class "A" Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Member of the South Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, Northern Division. Won last season's South Atlantic League Title. Play 70 home games from April-September at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. Most affordable form of family entertainment. Located minutes from the University Area of Charlotte, Lake Norman and Salisbury. [10]
  • Kannapolis Recreation Park, water park, swimming pool, disc golf and miniature golf. [11]
  • Curb Motorsports Museum, Mike Curb opened this racing facility in 1983 so Richard Petty could drive from Kannapolis in what he called, 'my kind of town.' Mr. Petty won his last two races driving for Curb Motorsports - his 199th and 200th. The car he drove in his 199th win is on display as well as the car Dale Earnhardt drove in 1980 for his first Winston Cup Championship, the car Dale Jarrett drove in his first Busch race, and the car Johnny Sauter drove when he won the September 2003 Richmond race. Over the past 20 years the following drivers have driven for Curb Motorsports: Richard Petty, Dale Jarreett, Ron Bouchard, Ed Primm, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Kevin Brugg, Shane Hall, Jay Sauter and Johnny Sauter. During this time Curb Motorsports had 118 top ten finishes. In all, 21 cars are on display in this museum, including 7 Indy cars. 9am-5pm. Mon-Fri. Free admission. [12]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Cannon Village, [13]. A Williamsburg-style shopping village styled in the heart of Kannapolis.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Forty Six restaurant in Cannon Village serves gourmet health food inspired by the nearby NC Research Campus. Named for the number of human chromosomes, the restaurant gets much of its fish from North Carolina and uses local produce, including, recently, tomatoes and cucumbers from Mr. David Murdocks garden. Executive chef is James Kirkland. Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner Friday-Saturday. 101 West Ave., Kannapolis (beside The Gem Theatre). 704-250-4646.
  • Centerview Cafe, just down the road, is a down home neighborhood restaurant where everything is made from scratch. Daily specials can include everything from Liver and Onions to Beef and Lamb Giros, Taco Salad, and Chicken and Dumplings. Open for breakfast and all day. Hard to find, call 704-933-7799 for directions.
  • Los Arcos, one of the region's favorite Mexican restaurants, serves a full range of Mexican dishes, including a great Taco Salad and to-die-for Chicken Soup. They are known for their fast, friendly service and some of the area's best sweet tea. 1021 S. Cannon Blvd (Hwy 29) Kannapolis, NC 28081.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • America's Best Value Inn, 2808 Lane Street, 1-800-528-1234.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 3033 Cloverleaf Parkway, +1 704-795-4888 (toll free: 1-800-228-2800), [14].
  • Hampton Inn, 612 Dickens Place NE, Concord, +1 704-793-9700 (toll free: 1-800-426-7866), [15].
  • Mainstay Suites, 3200 Cloverleaf Blvd, +1 704-788-2140 (toll free: 1-800-4-CHOICE).
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 3113 Cloverleaf Parkway, +1 704-782-2300, [16].

Get out[edit]

  • Interstate 85
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport [17]
  • Concord Regional Airport [18]

Routes through Kannapolis
CharlotteConcord  W noframe E  SalisburyGreensboro

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