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Charlotte Travel Guide

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Tucked in the Piedmont region's sleepy rolling hills, this bustling metropolis is anything but a quiet Southern belle. Charlotte, North Carolina, explodes with growing businesses and burgeoning sports franchises. And this ever-expanding city has a knack for keeping an East Coast pace without stomping on its Southern roots; the locals are said to be exceedingly polite and dedicated to keeping classic Southern charm alive. The blending of these two personalities is engagingly energetic. continue»

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When to Visit Charlotte

The best time to visit Charlotte is from March through May or from September through November, the shoulder seasons when the city is less crowded and hotels are less expensive. Though it's tempting to visit in summer thanks to the extended hours offered by some of the city's top attractions, June through August is also the busiest (not to mention the hottest) time to be in the Queen City. Plan an early autumn visit and you'll be rewarded with mild temps and agreeable hotel prices. Winters are fairly pleasant snow is rare and the evening lows hover between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You'll also find that tourists abandon the city this time of year, and hotel rates take a nose dive.

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Getting Around Charlotte

The best way to get around Charlotte is by car. The city's transit system isn't as well-connected as in other major cities, so having your own set of wheels is your best way to navigate the Queen City. You can rent a car at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) — located about 7 miles west of the city center — or you can take a taxi and rent a car once you're in town. Taxi fares from the airport to Charlotte's downtown area cost a flat fee of $25. You can also take a shuttle — the Sprinter bus — from the airport to Charlotte's Uptown area for $2. But the low cost comes with a longer ride due to the multiple stops the bus makes in between the airport and city center.

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