Charlotte Travel Guide

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Charlotte Things to Do

  • Uptown Architecture and Sights

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Boston may lay claim to revolutionary heritage that includes Paul Revere, but the Queen City of Charlotte has its own midnight rider in Captain Jack. There are many folks around these parts who believe that independence from the redcoats was born here in Charlotte on May 20, 1775. A local group named the May 20th Society, has developed Charlotte’s...

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  • Museums

    Attempting to get up close and personal with airplanes on the tarmac these days can result in an interrogation by federal agents (or worse). Avoid any confrontation and visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum, instead: The Perfect Family Outing Located at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, this museum hosts dozens of aircraft that have...

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  • Public Art

    Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Public Art Walking Tour, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of a free, specially developed nine block walking tour of Charlotte’s Uptown featuring twenty-three art-works by eighteen different artists. A detailed map and custom developed podcast featuring extensive artwork...

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Charlotte Restaurants

  • El Loco Pollo

    4 out of 5 stars

    El Loco Pollo is a unique Peruvian restaurant located in a most unlikely place- a strip mall in east Charlotte. There is some method to that madness. The owners pay less rent there and, in turn, can get by with charging lower prices than they would as a stand-alone restaurant. The inside is decorated on one wall with Peruvian flags and crafts,...

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  • Latorre's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    It was a slow Monday night, so maybe that's why my paella tasted a bit dry - as though it had been reheated from yesterday. Still, a good tasting dish - but not one I would order again. (I've had better.) My companion said the salmon she ordered was wonderful. Before dinner we were served three dipping olive oils, all quite distinct in flavor....

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  • The Cheesecake Factory

    The Cheescake Factory recently opened in South Park Mall (Fall of 2002) and right now the wait is usully pretty long. It's probably the hottest restaurant in town right now, so you might have trouble getting a table. However, this national chain is a great place, serving up great food and incredible cheesecakes. The Cajun Jambalaya Pasta is great,...

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Charlotte Nightlife

  • Go see a concert

    Most of the major bands and musicians that come through Charlotte perform at Verizon. Check out the website for upcoming shows, seating charts and ticket prices. The last time I was there, I was sitting on the lawn and it started raining . . . it was one of the best shows I've ever seen!

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  • Memories!

    When I was in high school and college, there was a place called The Pineville Dinner Theater which presented some outstanding musical theater and the occasional drama. That facility was well out, away from the bright lights and big city but was a fun place to visit. I made an absolute fool of myself there one night but still have generally very...

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  • Gritty Fun

    Man, talk about a dive bar. The Milestone is rugged and shabby, like all good live music venues before alternative went mainstream. I went to see Captured! By Robots and Cue with a couple of friends. We ended up meeting a couple who was high on something. We are still trying to figure out what sort of pills they were poppin. It was an interesting...

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Charlotte Transportation

  • Cost conscious Libertarians unite

    I'm a big fan of organizations that blatantly or covertly circumvent senseless regulations (such as hiring services on Craigslist). There are two new taxi-like services in Charlotte...Lyft and Uber, which seem to be successfully doing that.Of course their costs are lower because they don't have to deal with the administrative costs that taxis do....

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  • Low cost land travel

    This Tip should be posted on about 50 of the larger cities in the eastern half of the United States but I do not know an easy way to do that. I was driving home from a meeting last week when I saw an interstate bus parked in the drive-thru lane at a former fast food restaurant which has been closed for nearly a year now. My curiosity was whetted...

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  • Charlotte Amtrak Station

    Train service in the Piedmont Crescent has been expanding gradually, and Charlotte is now served by four trains to the North, two of which continue to New York, and one to the south (New Orleans via Atlanta). Other cities have reopened historic stations or built new ones, but Charlotte's unattractive station is a throwback to the worst days of...

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Charlotte Shopping

  • Umbrellas, bags, gifts, and more

    They call themselves a book and gift store for wild and whimsical women but I bought a delightful umbrella there which looks almost like a Tiffany lampshade. BTW, it was for a gift not my personal use. Being in the South End/Dilworth area, I expected it to be quite expensive but the price for my magnificent umbrella gift was only $22 and that was...

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  • Typical Eastland Mall store

    Lim's is the kind of clothing store which appeals to the young urban crowd and one which is most representative of the stores at Eastland Mall.

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  • Requiem for a falling mall?

    Eastland Mall was at one time Charlotte's premier enclosed shopping centres much the way Regency Square was in Richmond. While its more upmarket clientele have frequented the more uppity South Park Mall, reports of Eastland's demise are very much exaggerated. It has 3 on 4 of its anchor stores- Belk, Sears, and Dillard's remain. Different from the...

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Charlotte Local Customs

  • Queen City Emblem

    Because Charlotte is named the Queen City (named for King George III's wife Queen Charlotte), its emblem is the crown which appears on, among other things, all street signs within the city.

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  • The snooty side of town

    When Mark moved here in 1993, the area that is now Ballantyne was pastureland. However, as the affluence spread southward, gated communities and snooty shopping centres spread like kudzu into the countryside. This is definitely not a place either acemj or b1bob should want to live even if we had the means.

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  • Rea Road pronunciation

    If you end up in the Southern end of town (Ballantyne and surrounding area), you may run into Rea Road. The correct pronunciation is "RAY" (as in "ray of light"), not "REE-AH". Locals get very upset if you mispronounce the name of this road!

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Charlotte Warnings and Dangers

  • No Real Danger...Well Kinda

    ok the worst part of charlotte is the east side..hands down. If you are visiting make sure you stay away from central ave, independence blvd and monroe road. I wouldnt recommend beatiesford rd or statesville road either...very dangerous especially if nobody knows you. So basically stick to downtown, university area...well even university is getting...

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  • Names of Roads

    Charlotte is often a challenge to navigate. Many roads are one road, but the name of the road changes NUMEROUS times. For instance, near the airport, you can get on Tyvola Road, heading east Tyvola turns into Fairview, which then turns into Sardis Road, then Rama Road, which turns into Idlewild. IT IS ALL THE SAME ROAD, no turns or anythings. Also,...

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  • Can't deal with the white stuff

    If you happen to be in Charlotte on one of the rare days (a few a year) that it snows, the city will likely be shut down. In 2004, there was a pretty big "blizzard" by Charlotte standards that completely shut things down. They just aren't equipped to handle the snow removal here and people aren't used to driving on slick and icy roads.

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Charlotte Tourist Traps

  • Cuisine d'Amtrak

    If you think airline food is bad, the cuisine d'Amtrak is worse than awful. Normally, I would keep it at arm's length. However, despite having steak and eggs for breakfast the morning I left, there was no way I could hold out until Charlotte without eating. I was so hungry by the time we crossed into North Carolina that I could eat a hockey puck....

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  • Tourist Trap? Hey, this isn't a tourist...

    Charlotte doesn't really have any tourist traps because it's not exactly known for its tourism. However, if you've come to see the sights, a good place to start is the Tourist Info office of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce located in Uptown at 330 S. Tryon St.

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  • There are no tourists in...

    There are no tourists in Charlotte, so there are really no tourist traps. If you're here, you're here on business. Get out of the hotel and check out Dilworth, and maybe grab some barbeque while you're at it.

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Charlotte What to Pack

  • Get a map

    You'll probably rent a car and drive around so it's a good idea to get a map. Charlotte roads can be a bit confusing at times with some streets changing names multiple times. You might be driving down Idlewild Road one minute and the next minute, you're on Rama Road. Then the road changes names again and becomes Sardis Road. Next thing you know,...

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  • Go in March, dress in layers

    If you go to Charlotte in late March, dress in layers. Be ready for as much as 75° (23°C) or as little 50° (10°C) for daily highs. Have a t-shirt, a sweat shirt, and a light windbreaker. Always keep an umbrella convenient. A good 35mm camera with plenty of film if "acemj" takes you on tour. I came with 100 exposures expecting a small surplus, but...

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  • Photo gear, etc.

    Charlotte is very hot and humid between June and August so bring appropriate clothing. February is probably the coldest month, so bring a coat and raingear. It only snow about once a year, and rarely gets below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) Convention was just here (May 2002) and I saw a bunch of architects...

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Charlotte Off The Beaten Path

  • Explore the AT: Nantahala Headwaters...

    It is one of the longest thru-trails in the United States, and definitely the most popular. Take a weekend, and hike this loop through the Headwaters of the Nantahala river to get a glimpse of the forests of North Carolina. (more information can be seen here)---This loop travels around the southern portion of the Nanatahala National Forest,...

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  • The Coffee Cup

    Sad to see the Cup has finally lost it’s battle with Atlanta-based Beazer Homes. When the doors of the Coffee Cup first opened in the late 1940's Charlotte was still segregated. In its final days of operation, the Coffee Cup was proudly recognizable as the oldest and most integrated restaurant in the city. What made the Coffee Cup so memorable?...

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  • Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary

    Wing Haven has been a special part of Charlotte since its creation by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson in 1927. The gardens, enclosed on all sides by brick walls, encompass almost three acres in the heart of Charlotte and include lovely vistas, formal gardens, and woodland areas. Throughout, the emphasis is on plantings for birds and other wildlife -...

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Charlotte Sports & Outdoors

  • Hone your golf-jones

    Do you need a few more practice swings or professional tips before you head out to challenge Phil or Rory? Regain control of your game at Leatherman Golf Learning Center. For just $45, you get a punch card for five medium buckets to use at the double-deck driving range. Or, for the one-on-one attention, $90 will snag an hour-long private lesson...

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  • Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA is back!!

    Charlotte's newest arena was built recently for the Bobcats, the professional basketball team. It's located right in the heart of Uptown as you can see from this picture with the Bank of America Tower in the background. The positioning of the athletic venues in the downtown area along with new upscale condominiums that are springing up are starting...

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  • Wachovia Championship

    The weather is just perfect and the sparkling water and imported beers are flowing on the Golf course. I just spotted Tiger Woods, too bad I am not a fan. Comfortable golfing shoes and dorkie pants! ; ) There are golfing shops everywhere but the Golfcourse where the PGA was held has a memebership fee of 250K a year!!!I am sticking to my favorite...

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Charlotte Favorites

  • Do some side trips

    North Carolina has a lot of attractions. And many are within an easy drive of Charlotte.Highlights:*Pawley Island*Asheville & Surrounding area*Lake Norman*Duke University*Chapel HillLowlightsMyrtle Beach didn't excite me muchRaleigh didn't do much for me

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  • acemj and me

    Mark and I have been friends for a long time. He has been to Richmond twice (as of July, 2004) and I've been to Charlotte twice as of March, 2004. As some have read, when we get together, excellent adventures are guaranteed. Mark and I tease each other so much that some folks might think we don't like each other at all, but we tease each other...

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  • Sculpture at U.N.C.C.

    I don't think I'll ever understand modern art. (Enlarge the photo.) The top one is simply a sculpture of the school's mascot, the 49ers. That is a reference to Charlotte's one-time prominence in gold before the gold rush in California. The bottom one is one I don't get. It looks like a tornado pulling some kind of banner.

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