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Why fly to Charlotte?
It is a bustling city of skyscrapers and historic neighborhoods. Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city and a major financial capital with numerous financial institutions headquartered there.
The city sits close to the Catawba River and you can take a lovely boat trip down it in the Catawba Queen and watch the sun dim the lights on the city.
Charlotte is great for families as there are a ton of things to do for children and for those young at hear. Head to Carowinds Amusement Park and ride the Intimidator, which is one of the highest and fastest roller coasters in the state. Next, head to ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center for a production of the children's theater or maybe a scavenger hunt for the kids. Huntersville is home to Discovery Place Kids, which science and technology extremely kid-friendly.
The city has an impressive range of cultural institutions. Charlotte is home to numerous museums including the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Charlotte Nature Museum. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Carolina and the North Carolina Dance Theatre put on incredible performances throughout the year.
After you've head your fill of fun and learning indoors you can head out to one of the many parks or gardens that join the various parts of Charlotte together. Head to Myers Park and visit Wing Haven Gardens for a relaxing afternoon and visit the lovely bird sanctuary on site. Or get to know the river with a sweet walk down Little Sugar Creek Greenway, pack a picnic and make an afternoon of it away from the summer midday heat.
A visit to Charlotte in the winter doesn't mean you miss all of that outdoor loveliness, in fact some may say it gets even better. You can visit Freedom Park to see the most magical of fairly lands. The trees and shrubs are iced and sprinkled with snow, all of which is reflected in the blue of the lake they sit alongside. Enjoy a crisp cool walk through what will feel like the planet of crystal.
Charlotte is a city for all seasons and for all people.
Mother Nature has granted Charlotte four seasons. The summers are warm with temperatures on aerage in the high 20s. The fall numbers ease into the teens and the winter digits shimmy down to the 0 mark. Early spring pulls the numbers back up into the 10s and later into the high teens. Rainfall is dispersed throughout the year and although it snows in the summer its usually not the fort-building kind.
When to fly to Charlotte
Summers are popular for the warm temperatures which you can stray from if you go into the north where it is cooler. As a result of this interesting weather mix and in turn high tourist numbers, flight ticket prices are high.
The cold winters reduce the number of visitors traveling to the city and as a result flight prices are reduced, particularly from January to march.
Getting into Charlotte
Your gatewway into Charlotte will have you landing at the Charlotte Douglas Aiport. From the airport you can use Charlotte Public Transit to get into the city, the bus station is located outside of Zone D Baggage Claim. Alternatively you can use the shuttle or taxi services which can be found outside of the lower level baggage claim.
Getting around Charlotte
The city center is very walkable but Charlotte also has a great public transit system. The buses are clean and an affordable way to travel all over the city. There is also a metro rail service to get you around certain parts of the city.
- Charlotte is home to several major league sports teams including the NFL's Carolina Panthers and NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and Charlotte fans are quite passionate about their home teams. If you have a chance to grab a few tickets to take in a game you will get a chance to feel local.
- If you visit Freedom Park during the summer there is plenty to do. There is a play for kids as well as tennis and volleyball courts. For 5 days in September, Festival in the Park is held.
- To get a taste of the people and the city, visit United House of Prayer on Sunday. Yes, there is prayer and there is also some of the greatest soul music you will hear in the city.
- It looks as though water has grown a head. Metalmorphosis is a giant mirrored sculpture of a head that sits in the water at Office Park and was created by Chezch artist David Cerny. It makes for quite an impressive sight.
- If you're traveling with children Discovery Place is the absolute perfect place to go. The science and technology museum has fantastic interactive exhibits that bring science to life. The museum also hosts the IMAX Dome Theater so you can take in a movie while you are there.
- If you've got a super fast car fan, take him or her to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a taste of the glory some of their favorite racers have enjoyed.
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