Getting around Charlotte
Your best bet for getting around in Charlotte is either walking or taking the Gold Rush shuttle. The shuttle provides free service throughout Uptown. You can also board a trolley from Historic South End to Center City Charlotte or take public transportation, called the CATS, throughout the city. If you’re staying outside the city, you’ll need a car. But avoid driving into and out of the city during rush hour. To help you find your way around the city, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the street names. Some of Charleston’s major streets have a different name once you cross the intersection and you’ll find that several streets have the same name. Needless to say, it can get confusing.
Charlotte insider information
The Afro-American Cultural Center: If you’re booking flights to Charlotte intent on experiencing a diversity of culture, people, and backgrounds, then you may want to spend an afternoon at the Afro-American Cultural Center. Housed in an old historic church, the centre offers visual art exhibits, live performances, films, and outdoor functions in an amphitheater that showcases its wealth and understanding of fine art and its musings. Traditional jazz routines and peculiar poetry slams here are a great opportunities to meet creative locals.
Mint Museum of Art: This city’s extensive art scene is sorely underrated. For art enthusiasts booking flights to Charlotte, be sure to check out the Mint Museum of Art, where a fusion of culture comes together in different media. The Dalton Wing celebrates European and American art, while the Delhorn collection houses mostly porcelain and pottery from the Pre-Colombian era. Contemporary American prints, African objects, and a gigantic collection of costumes are on display as well. New galleries have recently opened, showcasing antique maps, glasswork, and ceramics. With your admission ticket, you also get access to the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.
Discovery Place and Nature Museum: If the kids are in tow on your Charlotte flight, then visit the Discovery Place and Nature Museum. Here, they (and you) can learn about science and technology through hands-on experiments. Stroll through the make-shift tropical rainforest and the in-depth aquarium. Once you’re done touring on your own, sit back and enjoy the OMNIMAX theatre features, or a temporary exhibit.
Wachovia Championship: If you’re planning flights to Charlotte at the end of April or beginning of May, then you just might be in luck. If you’re a golfer, or even just a fan, you might be interested in attending the Wachovia Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. This exciting stop on the PGA tour is where Anthony Kim, the reigning champion made his most memorable moves. Surrounded by beautiful greens, lavish rolling hills, and picturesque landscape, this course is 18 holes of paradise.
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