Start your engines and ride the fast lane to Concord, North Carolina. This premier racing destination, located just northeast of Charlotte, is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, numerous NASCAR racing shops, a short track, a dirt track, and a drag-racing facility known as "The Bellagio of Drag Strips." Die-hard fans can tour the racing shops and the tracks, or experience thrill rides in race cars and dragsters. Those looking for a slower pace can stroll down Union Street and enjoy the unique shops and eateries in the historic downtown district. Also, Concord Mills, North Carolina's largest mall, houses more than 200 stores, restaurants, and family-friendly fun attractions. Day-trippers can explore the life of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. along the nearby Dale Trail, or drive to Reed Gold Mine, site of America's first documented gold discovery.