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Charlotte Bike Tour
"Meet your guide inside the Overstreet Mall at your selected departure time. You’ll be outfitted with a bike and helmet and given a brief safety orientation before embarking on your 1.5-hour bike tour of Charlotte. Engage all of your senses as you ped which mark the city's center and divides the city’s first four wards. Cruise down Levine Avenue of the Arts past local shops coffee shops and restaurants cooking up classic Southern food. This avenue is home to the Levine Center for the Arts one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations comprised of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture the John S and James L Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown.Pedal past The Green small public park
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
From $55.00

More Local Customs in Charlotte

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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...
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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...
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Unlike many southern cities,...

Unlike many southern cities, Charlotte is more focused on the future than stuck in the past. This picture shows the old (a historic cemetery) and the new (the skyscrapers behind it), but in the eleven...
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Uptown vs. Downtown

I don't know if this was an attempt to make the Charlotte area seem more upscale, but the people here do not call the downtown area "downtown." Instead, it's "uptown." So its uptown Charlotte, not...
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Hometown pride: Carolina Panthers 2003 season

Being a town lacking deep roots and full of come-heres, one would not expect much cohesiveness around a hometown sporting team. As I allude to in the sports tip, the Carolina Panthers American...
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Cultural blend

Charlotte is a unique blend of southern culture and northern big-business influence. You're likely to run into plenty of friendly people down here. Some will have thick southern accents and others...
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Creative Loafing

If you want to check out the latest happenings in Charlotte, pick up the FREE weekly publication Creative Loafing at practically any restaurant or newsstand (they're found in bins usually near the...
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Local lingo

The Queen's City: the city's nickname.Shawlet: How natives pronounce that fine city.The Square: the official centre of the city at Trade and Tryon.cookout: backyard barbecue.skew: How natives...
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Bible belt plus

When an outsider thinks of Charlotte, they think of NASCAR, American football, basketball, barbecue, and being part of the Bible belt. (Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker ran their PTL club from a Charlotte...
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Banking capital of the South

Sorry, Atlanta, Charlotte edged y'all out as the banking capital of the South. As I alluded to in the intro, only New York is a larger banking centre than Charlotte in the USA. Wachovia and Bank of...
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Talk to the locals!

Charlotteans are very friendly, so don't be afraid to strike up a conversation. Some of the natives will probably sound a little funny to you, but just remember, "Shawlet" means Charlotte and "yella"...
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Corporate America

Charlotte is full of corporate types. You know, the kind of folks that will do whatever the big boss tells them to do if it means that it might advance their careers. There is a lot of money in this...
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Money talks

Charlotte is a bit on the conservative side. Hard work is respected and people aren't too flashy with their money. You won't see a lot of eccentrics. Not too much purple hair and nose rings. Not too...
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The one thing that you'll...

The one thing that you'll notice about Charlotte is that no one is actually from Charlotte. As previously stated the city is made up of folks from all over the U.S. A great question to start a...
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Top Hotels in Charlotte

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10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277, United States
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5501 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209, United States
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601 S College St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202, United States
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2800 Coliseum Centre Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217, United States
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6300 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28211, United States
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100 West Trade St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202, United States
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Top Things to Do in Charlotte

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Uptown Architecture and Sights

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...
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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...
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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...
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Historic Fourth Ward

Had a GREAT day today! Went to Discovery Place to check out the Body World exhibit, then watched an IMAX movie there. Walked a block down the street to have some microbrewed beer and a quick lunch at...
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Lake Norman

Lake Norman is growning by leaps and bounds!! It is a great place to hang out in the summer time and a nice place if you choose to live there. It's about 30 minutes from Charlotte (with I-77 traffic)...
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Sports

The Carolina Panthers play in Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. This is a nice, new stadium with great views and probably the best selection of beer I have ever seen at a professional...
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Top 5 Charlotte Writers

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"The Queen City of Charlotte, NC"
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b1bob

"b1bob does Charlotte in a big way"
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"Charlotte, NC"
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etfromnc

"Queen City of the South"
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"Southern city.....southern charm"
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