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Charlotte is the biggest city in North Carolina. Founded around 1768, it was named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of British King George III. The name was chosen in the hopes of flattering the British king. Unfortunately relationship between George III and the people of Charlotte was strained when the British imposed unpopular laws in response to the people's quest for independence. On 20 Mary, 1775, the people of Charlotte proceeded to proclaim their independence in the Mecklenburg Declaration.

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Charlotte developed in the years after the Civil War as a cotton processing center and railroad hub. Its economy received another boost during World War I, when it was selected as a military camp site. In the 1970's a third wave of economic activity centers on Charlotte's role as a modern financial center, becoming the second largest financial headquarters in the country after New York City.

Travel to Charlotte

By Bus Greyhound Buses has its terminus northwest of Uptown. From there, you can take local bus nos. 8, 34 and 7 to different places in Charlotte.

By Plane
Charlotte's Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the hub for US Airways and its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

From Charlotte Airport, you can take the buses from Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to get out of the airport. The bus is located at Zone D Baggage Claim. Other forms of ground transportation available includes shuttle buses, taxi and car rental. By Train
Arriving by train is not a recommended choice, as the Amtrak train station is at N Tryon a rather seedy neighborhood. It is not advisable to leave the station premises on foot.

Travel within Charlotte

Most of the places of interest in Charlotte can be reached on foot. The downtown districts are pedestrian friendly. In addition, there is the LYNX Blue Line light rail train that links Uptown to Mecklenburg County. The fare is $1.50 for a single-journey or $4.50 for an unlimited-ride day pass. The tickets can be used for transfer to the CATS transit buses.

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Places of Interest in Charlotte

  1. Discovery Place
    This is one of the best children's museum in the country.

  2. Carolinas Aviation Museum
    The place to go for aviation enthusiasts, this museum has exhibits covering all types of historic airplanes.

  3. James K Polk Historic Site
    Site around the residence of US President James K Polk, includes a replica of his house.

  4. Mint Museum of Art
    Charlotte's main museum of art, housed in the Charlotte Mint building.

  5. Levine Museum of the New South
    Museum chronicling the history of the South and its influences.

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