In Charlotte, downtown is called…wait for it… Uptown! It's also known as Center City. But no matter what you call it, Uptown is where it all goes down in Charlotte. It’s the central part of everything that happens here, including Charlotte travel amenities. Though in decades past it was best known as a business district, Uptown has evolved to feature a vibrant character of restaurants, nightclubs, the best Charlotte hotels and boutique shopping. The construction cranes that dominated the skyline over the last few years are gone, and have been replaced with new hotels (The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and Hotel Sierra), must-see cultural attractions (Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture) and the popular NASCAR Hall of Fame. The biggest Uptown draw for families is kid-friendly Discovery Place. Though it has a lively urban scene, Uptown Charlotte is still a focal point of business activities, with several Fortune 500 companies in the district. The area is even starting to grow residentially, as many condominiums have cropped up in the area.