Flights to Charlotte
The largest city in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte is quickly developing its tourism industry and getting away from its past role as simply a centre for business. The city offers a variety of museums, parks and spectator sports so has a good variety of things to see and do.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (airport code: CLT) is one of 4 international airports in the state of North Carolina. The airport is just outside of Charlotte, to the west of the city. There are taxi and bus services between the airport and the busy city centre. Lufthansa and South African Airways both have one stop flights to Charlotte, with a connection in Frankfurt. British Midland will transfer in London instead. There are several choices for routes with 2 connections. United Airlines has flights to Charlotte that connect in London and then Chicago. Delta Airlines has both transfer cities in the USA, with stops in Atlanta and Baltimore.
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The Tourist Attractions in Charlotte:
Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte was named after the German Princess Charlotte, queen consort to British King George III. The central business district of Charlotte is known as Uptown and this is where the city’s historical district is situated so a good place to start a visit to the city, and if there’s one thing Charlotte isn’t short of it’s museums!
This children’s museum is one of the best acclaimed in the country and focuses on the discovery of the sciences. There are many fun and hands-on exhibits here including a popular rainforest, plus an IMAX theatre which shows a variety of films.
Levine Museum of the New South
Great for finding out more about ‘Southern’ culture and history, the Levine Museum of the New South focuses on the history of the South over the past few centuries.
Charlotte has some excellent parks, and The Green is one of them that offers something a bit different. This is a literary themed park that will appeal to both adults and children, with its interactive landscaping this is a great place to come and relax or play for an hour or two.
James K Polk Historic Site
A little way outside the city centre is the James K Polk Historic Site. Here you’ll find a museum and reconstruction of this former president’s house as well as memorial. Even if you’re not familiar with this lesser known US President, the attraction is good for the history if nothing else.
Sports in Charlotte
Visitors who enjoy spectator sports will find there’s a variety of different sports to watch at different times of the year in Charlotte. The Carolina Panthers (American Football team) play their home NFL matches at the Bank of America Stadium. Tickets are often available earlier in the season, but get harder to come by as the season goes on.
Bobcats Arena is home to Charlotte’s NBA (basketball team), the Charlotte Bobcats, and also the ice hockey team, the Charlotte Checkers, whilst for something completely different there’s the Lowe’s Motor Speedway racing track that’s used for NASCAR and more.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a humid subtropical climate in Charlotte which gives hot and humid summers, sometimes uncomfortably so. July is the hottest month with an average high of 32C (90F). Spring and autumn are less humid and therefore better times to visit if you don’t like high humidity. Winters are milder than some parts of the country but with an average high of 11C (51F) in January may feel too cold for some.