With so much to see and do in Queen City, bucket lists are sometimes best left to the professionals. Whether on foot, by Segway, by bike, or by bus, let the city’s fleet of expert guides light the way to Charlotte’s tastiest treats, finest gems, and most fascinating stories.

Whether you’re a seasoned Charlotte resident or are just visiting for a few days, these tours offer high-level highlights of the city’s character and charm in an intimate, friendly fashion—leaving you feeling right at home.

If you find yourself here for only a few days or are just looking for a quick summary of our shining Southern city, grab a map to the Charlotte Walking Tour on charlottesgotalot.com. On this self-guided stroll through the streets of Charlotte, you’ll find a city on the move, with modern skyscrapers standing tall among treasured landmarks. Your perfectly plotted foray through Uptown includes some of the best-known and most beloved Charlotte sites, like The Green, Romare Bearden Park, Spirit Square and the Queen Charlotte Statue. You’ll even make a pit stop at Uptown’s oldest eatery, Green’s Lunch.

Catch a lift on the Funny Bus Comedy City Tour for a satirical spin on the sights and sounds of Queen City. The 90-minute tour offers both a PG-13 and R-rated version and takes you through some of Charlotte’s most interesting enclaves, highlighting history and architecture and cracking jokes along the way. Added bonus: The Funny Bus allows you to bring your own alcohol on board.

C-Charlotte Tours specializes in daily driving tours of Queen City and its surrounding suburbs led by guides who are all Charlotte natives. Discover Charlotte’s interesting background, celebrated dining locales, entertainment venues, galleries, museums, and much more, all while admiring the city’s distinctive architecture on this two-hour tour.

To enjoy Charlotte’s beauty at a slower pace—to the backdrop of a soothing clip-clop—cozy up on a 20-minute to a one-hour horse-drawn carriage ride through Uptown with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours.

Finally, Charlotte Crown Guides’ two-hour Uptown Walking Tour offers an intimate view of the heart of Charlotte, covering 15 blocks that showcase everything from history to public art and architecture. For something tailored specifically to your interests, consult Charlotte Crown Guides’ customized tours for groups of six or more. Visit the website for regular monthly schedules.