Charlotte Travel Guide & Information

Charlotte, the largest city in the state of North Carolina has long been known as a premier tourist destination to discover quality entertainment and a variety of leisure activities. Named #8 of the 100 "Best Places to Live and Launch" by CNNMoney.com. Primarily known in the past as a business center, Charlotte is steadily developing as a fabulous tourist destination.

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Travel to Charlotte, a city where 18th century architecture embraces its historic past and new skyscrapers. As the nation's second largest financial center, Charlotte has an impressive skyline with more new buildings every year while carefully preserving its historical treasures. Flights to Charlotte give you an opportunity to enjoy quality museums, stately old neighborhoods and lots of fine dining. The true charm of the city can be experienced by visiting many neighborhoods, each distinct in character and unique examples of Charlotte's historical architecture.

Known as the Queen City, Charlotte is not only the largest city, but one of the most beautiful and fun to visit as well. Nightlife in Charlotte is very exciting. During a stroll down Tryon Street or a tour through the South End you’ll see numerous restaurants and bars, cafes, restaurants and late-night hotspots; Charlotte's captivating culture, colorful cityscapes and cosmopolitan character make it a "Must Visit" tourist destination.

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Things to do in Charlotte

Museums:

Charlotte has several world class museums that provide insight into the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: houses one of the South's most important 20th century European collections. The exhibits at the museum are dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid-century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.

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Carolinas Aviation Museum: Founded in 1992 by Floyd & Lois Wilson, the Carolinas Aviation Museum displays a collection of over 50 aircrafts and a wealth of smaller historic items related to aviation in North & South Carolina. The museum also operates a small group of flying historic aircraft.

Mint Museum of Art: Today it features permanent and visiting exhibits with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, as well as African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art and photography.

Prominent Attractions:

Charlotte hosts several attractions.

Afro-American Cultural Center: celebrates African-American culture dating back 35 years and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach.

Historic Rosedale Plantation: Originally part of a 911 acre plantation, Rosedale was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew. Rosedale is one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in North Carolina and is noted for its faux grained woodwork and the original French wallpaper in three rooms. The gardens and grounds of Rosedale are a treasure in their own right and perfect for a leisurely walk.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: is a botanical garden located on 380 acres of Rolling Meadows, woodlands and lakefront property. It includes large manicured gardens, natural surrounding areas, including a woodland trail, sparkling fountains and an Orchid Conservatory. Although a relatively new facility, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has a very old historical connection.

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Where to Stay in Charlotte

The choice of hotels in Charlotte is endless, from cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 to extended stay hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and more.

Uptown: Uptown is the central business district of Charlotte and home to most of the city's major institutions, as well as being the historic core. From Fortune 500 headquarters, museums, nightclubs, restaurants, parks, city and county government offices and theaters, the area is home to several of Charlotte's premier attractions like Discovery Place, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Afro-American Cultural Center and Levine Museum of the New South. The area is also home to several renowned hotel chains like Omni, The Westin & Ritz Carlton. Budget travelers can also find some moderately priced accommodations in this vicinity.

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South End: Historically dominated by mills and factories, in recent years, South End has been revitalized as an arts and entertainment district. It is currently one of the city's fastest-developing districts and home to some great attractions like Charlotte Trolley Museum, Tremont Music Hall and Camden Market. The area has some excellent lodging options for budget travelers. Those looking to stay in luxurious hotels might want to consider Uptown.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Charlotte, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Charlotte.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Charlotte

Charlotte receives sunshine throughout most of the year making it a popular destination. However, the best time to visit is during the summer. Travelling to Charlotte at this time ensures enough opportunities to enjoy all of the activities Charlotte has to offer.

Budget travelers can choose to travel during the winter months. Though it’s cold, airfares to Charlotte are cheaper as are hotel rates.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (March to June)

Off-Peak season: (December to February)

Charlotte Weather

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate. The city has cool to cold winters and warm, humid summers.

* Summers in Charlotte are hot; July is the hottest month of the year.

* Winter in Charlotte is warm with a fairly mild climate, January being the coolest month of the year.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Charlotte. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out about the cost for ATM cash withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language spoken.

* Many people in Charlotte speak Spanish as well.