Uptown Charlotte: A Self-Guided Audio Tour to the Heart of Queen City

3.8 (27)
Charlotte, US
3.8 (27)
Charlotte, US
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Experience the vibrant heart of Queen City with the Uptown Charlotte Self-Guided Audio Tour. A thrilling adventure awaits you as you explore this historic city at your own pace. Uncover the intriguing stories behind Charlotte's fearless patriots and the controversial declaration of independence from the British. With actor and tour host Phil Biedron as your guide, you'll be enthralled by his captivating storytelling. Spend two hours immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of Uptown Charlotte, or take your time and explore the stops along the way. Enjoy unlimited use of the tour before and after your booking date, and even take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home. Simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your unique code to start your self-guided adventure. With automatic GPS playback, turn-by-turn directions, and offline functionality, you'll have all the tools you need for a seamless and unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Uptown Charlotte. Book your self-guided audio tour today!

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • 2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Explore Uptown Charlotte at your own pace
  • Learn about the city's fearless patriots and their story
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before and after booking
  • Use the virtual tour option from the comfort of home
  • Discover historical landmarks and cultural corners of the Queen City
  • Voicemap app for android and ios
  • Lifetime access to this tour in english
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Food/drink
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Transportation

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Uptown Charlotte: A Self-Guided Audio Tour to the Heart of Queen City takes you on a captivating journey through the vibrant streets and fascinating history of Charlotte. This affordable walking tour allows you to explore at your own pace, giving you complete control over when you start and finish.

What to expect?

During this self-guided audio tour, you can expect a total duration of 120 to 150 minutes, depending on your pace. The tour starts at Thomas Polk Park, where you'll discover the city's history before embarking on your walk. Along the way, you'll pass by iconic landmarks such as the First Presbyterian Church, the Old Settlers Cemetery, and the Dunhill Hotel, known for its eerie stories. You'll also have the chance to visit St. Peter's Episcopal Church, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library. The tour will lead you through The Green, a park that played a role in The Hunger Games movie, and you'll pass by the oldest Catholic Church in Charlotte and the Mint Museum.

Who is this for?

This self-guided audio tour is perfect for curious individuals who want to uncover the hidden gems and historical anecdotes of Uptown Charlotte. Whether you're a solo traveler seeking adventure, a history enthusiast, or a couple looking for a unique way to explore the city, this tour is designed to cater to a wide range of interests. It offers flexibility for those with limited time, allowing you to start, pause, or restart the tour whenever you like.

Why book this?

Embarking on the Uptown Charlotte tour means immersing yourself in the intriguing stories of fearless patriots and pivotal moments in American history. With an engaging narration by actor and tour host, Phil Biedron, you'll feel as if you're walking alongside a knowledgeable local. The VoiceMap app enhances your experience with GPS playback and turn-by-turn directions, ensuring you never miss a moment. Plus, you'll have unlimited access to the tour before and after your booking date, so you can revisit your favorite spots.

Good to know

For a seamless experience, we recommend installing the VoiceMap mobile app and using the provided code listed on your ticket. The app will guide you to the starting point, providing detailed instructions along the way. You can enjoy the tour offline, making it convenient for international travelers or those without a reliable data connection. Don't forget your headphones to fully immerse yourself in the captivating stories brought to life.


Travelers who have embarked on the Uptown Charlotte tour have raved about the wealth of knowledge and captivating narration provided by Phil Biedron. They appreciated the freedom to explore the city at their own pace while uncovering hidden historical gems. Many remarked that the tour transformed their perception of Uptown Charlotte, leaving them with a deeper appreciation for its vibrant history and cultural corners. Overall, visitors were highly satisfied with this self-guided audio tour, which seamlessly combines technology with an immersive storytelling experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Your Itinerary

Thomas Polk Park

(Pass by)

This self-guided audio tour starts opposite Thomas Polk Park. You'll hear the history of the city and see the park before starting your walk.

First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the First Presbyterian Church, the oldest recognizable structure in the city.

Old Settlers Cemetery

(Pass by)

You'll pass by the Old Settlers Cemetery, where you’ll find the graves of American Revolutionary War heroes, and the predecessors of US Presidents.

The Dunhill Hotel

(Pass by)

You’ll pass the Dunhill Hotel where a dozen businessmen leapt to their deaths which locals believe is still haunted by their ghosts to this day.

St Peter's Episcopal Church

(Pass by)

The tour passes by St Peter's Episcopal Church. You'll hear about the church and its history while you walk.

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the small theatre which is housed in the former First Baptist Church.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library

(Pass by)

The tour passes by Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library. The main library for the city of Charlotte closed for construction on October 29th, 2021 but you'll hear about it while you walk.

The Green

(Pass by)

You'll pass by The Green, Charlotte's literary-themed park where part of The Hunger Games movie was filmed.

St Peter's Catholic Church

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the oldest Catholic Church in Charlotte dating back to 1851, and it was the only Catholic church in the city for nearly 100 years!

Mint Museum Uptown

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the Mint Museum and the original Branch Mint which was moved to this location, brick by painstaking brick.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. You'll hear about the building while you walk.

Latta Arcade

(Pass by)

The tour passes through the Latta Arcade. You'll hear about the arcade while you walk.

Romare Bearden Park

(Pass by)

By the time we reach Romare Bearden Park, where our tour ends, you’ll have a much greater appreciation for the Queen City, its history and its cultural corners.

Charlotte center city

(Pass by)

The tour goes through Uptown in the city center.



3.8 (27)


Tour was great, the app is sensitive to distance, I would expand proximity to trigger the audible so it starts soon or you can find shade. Otherwise great!


Once I got past the download frustrations I loved the app. Our self guided walking tour was fascinating. Good audio, great information, and we saw sites that would’ve been missed otherwise. I highly recommend this tour.


I rated this a 4, but really a 3.5. It’s a good concept - buy a solo walking tour and download to an app on your phone. Works well with spoken instructions to navigate between points of interest and a map if you get lost. The guy providing the narrative did a good job and it was in the main interesting. As with this type of recorded tour, things have changed since it was produced. The library is no more and a couple of other places seemed to have vanished. Charlotte isn’t the most exciting of places if you judge by the contents of a tour and seem to be pulling down any buildings with some history. Not specifically this tour’s fault, but you probably have to check the content at least once a year to check it’s still accurate. Overall, I enjoyed this though and the convenience of being able to do it at a time that suited me was appreciated.


We really enjoyed this tour! It was easy to follow and very informative, with a few great tips about other things to do in Charlotte. We enjoyed the history the most, and would have been happy with even more. Our only complaint is that the volume is a little quiet, so even with our headphones turned up all the way, the sounds of the city sometimes made it difficult to hear the guide. But that wasn’t bothersome enough to ruin the experience, and it’s easy enough to rewind to listen again. Overall it was a great experience!


We could not get the app to work & had to forfeit the whole experience- we did our own walk around Charlotte- would have been nice to hear the narration


Due to the amount of construction affecting the various points of interest, the narrative should have have been more current. I felt the directions could have been more detailed. Overall, a good tour.


Brenda-Best Tour Guide EVER!!! So informative and friendly. We were able to learn so much of Charlotte’s history.


We clocked repeatedly on the link sent to us, spent lots of time calling to get help so we could take the self guided tour of Charlotte. The link never worked so we wasted all that time we could have used exploring Charlotte. Then we asked for a refund we were told their policy is not to give refunds. We will not use Viator again.


the app is a bit buggy, does not give correct directions all the time. suggest use ear buds. the tour is good. nice, short notes for the guiding points.


The background history of both the city and the points of interest was very thorough and interesting. The app made it easy to follow the narrated path and see which points were next on the tour. A great way to see a city!
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2024-07-18 22:40