Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a very popular hub with people constantly having long layovers and lots of time on their hands. What do you do if you have several hours or an overnight in Charlotte? Stay in the hotel? Watch Netflix or Hulu at the airport? NO! There is so much to see and do in this wonderful city. Here are a few options for you depending on how you want to get into the city.
If you are traveling by bus:
From Charlotte Douglas Airport you can take the Sprinter bus into Uptown which you can catch just across the street and to the right from Terminal D. The bus costs $2.20 per ride per person (please have exact change) and it takes you right in the heart of Uptown (which is what the downtown areas is called). From there you have several options. Walk to Epicentre and you can spend hours here if you so choose. There are several different options within this complex and if you only have a few hours this is a great place to visit.
If that isn’t your speed walk down to 7th Street Market located at 300 E. 7th Street and rent a bike. With CharlottebCycle you can rent a bike for as long or as little as you’d like and see the city at your leisure. While at the market you can find a large variety of food and drinks. If you ride bikes make sure to ride through Elmwood Cemetery, It’s beautifully scenic and filled with tree lined pathways. If cemeteries aren’t your thing no worries, there are plenty of parks and greenways to check out while on your bike.
If you just want to have a good meal and relax then head to Fahrenheit restaurant which has one of the best views of the city skyline. And make sure to try the chorizo stuffed and bacon stuffed dates. Simply divine.
If you are using Uber:
If you like good coffee and french pastries head to Amelie’s French Bakery which is a local favorite. This is a 24 hour spot so no matter what time your flight is you can get a great meal or delectable desert in an amazingly quaint environment.
Have your Uber driver take you to Central Avenue which is fast becoming one of the best areas in Charlotte. Central Avenue is filled with restaurants, cafes, and cool shops that have their own unique vibe. You can definitely spend several hours exploring this part of the city!
If you want to rent a car:
Have you heard of Crowder’s Mountain? If you have more time on your hands why not venture out a bit into nature? The weather is beautiful in Charlotte and will be for several months so Crowders Mountain is always a great idea. Not only can you get a bit of exercise but walking the paths amongst the huge trees is very calming. Even during summer when it’s really hot the trees do their job and keep you cooler by shading you with their long branches. Crowders is about 30 minutes south of the airport so renting a car would be your best bet. It’s free to park and also free to walk the trails.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
If you want to experience multiple adventures throughout the day why not check out the U.S. National Whitewater Center? While taking a break from flying you can find a plethora of activities to do on the 700 acres of outdoor activity. It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
This is just a small sample of what’s possible in Charlotte. For more ideas check out more options here and enjoy The Queen City! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with you on Friday.