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A city bursting with pride…

Cranes may stand glistening against the skyline of North Carolina, but that simply represents progress to the fiercely proud residents of Charlotte. They joke that people need only visit the city once, as most will want to move there. This may not be the case with all travellers, but there is certainly an air of the good life about the place, which is hard to ignore. Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and is the main banking hub after New York. Although it is primarily a banking and business centre, fine food, several museums and the funky North Davidson district or ‘NoDa’, gives the metropolis a laid-back feel.

Why Go?
Go to Charlotte for a slice of American life. Warm hospitality, futuristic skyscrapers, good food, a lively music scene, interesting museums, and a chance to see a city that is off the usual tourist map.

When to Go?
Charlotte has cool to cold winters and hot, humid summers. January sees afternoon highs average 11°C while temperatures in July peak at 32°C which can leave you sweltering. From March to October temperatures tend to be humid, with spring and autumn providing warm, pleasant weather.

How to get there?
Fly direct from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and Manchester to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), located 11km west of the city. The airport serves 35 million passengers annually. Both the Greyhound (buses) and Amtrak (trains) are handy for getting uptown.

Must see
Visit NoDa and check out the galleries and performance venues, taste some authentic Cajun and Southwest cuisine. Gallery Crawl’s takes place twice a month and should not be missed. Get tickets to see Charlotte’s basketball team, The Bobcats owned by sporting legend Michael Jordan. Check out Discovery Place and enjoy the Omnimax cinema and planetarium.