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    Charlotte – a brief overview

    During the American Revolutionary War of the late 1700s, General Cornwallis spoke about the city of Charlotte as a ‘hornet’s nest of rebellion’. Today, as the largest metropolis in North Carolina, it’s not somewhere that still fits this description, although it offers considerably more ‘buzz’ than you’d expect from the country’s second largest financial

    centre. Scratch beneath the corporate towers and rolling suburbs and you’ll find somewhere with some fine museums, a serious commitment to mealtimes and a sprinkling of enjoyable neighbourhoods. Having the Appalachian Mountains within driving distance, meanwhile, holds its own rewards.

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    NASCAR Hall of Fame

    400 East Martin Luther King Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
    Tel: 704 654 4400
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Charlotte is one of the true heartlands of NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), a sport that draws vast crowds. This hall of fame gives enjoyable insight into the passion and commitment involved.

    US National Whitewater Center

    5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
    Charlotte, NC 28214
    USA
    Tel: 704 391 3900
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    Opening times:
    Daily dawn until dusk, weather permitting

    A 200-hectare centre dedicated to the promotion of outdoor lifestyles and adventure sports, with facilities not just for whitewater rafting and kayaking but rope courses, biking and climbing too.

    Discovery Place

    301 North Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
    Tel: 704 372 6261
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1700
    Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1200-1700

    Complete with IMAX domes and all manner of interactive exhibits, this respected science centre aims to make science and technology a fun educational prospect for visitors of all generations.

    Billy Graham Library

    4330 Westmont Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28217
    USA
    Tel: 704 401 3200
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1700

    An attraction focused on the life and legacy of evangelist Billy Graham, who was born in Charlotte. It includes multimedia presentations, memorabilia and a prayer garden.

    Charlotte Museum of History

    3500 Shamrock Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28215
    USA
    Tel: 704 568 1774
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1300-1700

    Leading visitors on a journey through the city’s past, this multi-building museum includes what is the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County. It also hosts various lectures and presentations.

    Carolina Raptor Center

    6000 Sample Road
    Huntersville, NC 28078
    USA
    Tel: 704 875 6521
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Wed-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    An intriguing prospect for those with an interest in birds of prey, this out-of-town attraction puts heavy emphasis on the conservation and rehabilitation of at-risk species.

    Carowinds

    14523 Carowinds Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28273
    USA
    Tel: 704 588 2600
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2200 (midsummer)
    various days and times in shoulder season
    closed winter

    An amusement park covering over 150 hectares, complete with various rollercoasters, a 3D theatre and a large water park.

    Charlotte Motor Speedway

    5555 Concord Parkway South
    Concord, NC 28027
    USA
    Tel: 704 455 3200
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1530 (tours)
    times vary for events

    One of the most iconic motorsports complexes in the country, the speedway hosts numerous large-scale events during the year, including a huge race on Memorial Day weekend in late May.

    Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    6500 South New Hope Road
    Belmont, NC 28012
    USA
    Tel: 704 825 4490
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    Covering a wide spread of meadows, lakeside and woodland, this large botanical garden was set up in the 1990s to try and rival some of the world’s best gardens.

    Mint Museum Uptown

    500 South Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
    Tel: 704 337 2000
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    Opening times:
    Wed 1100-2100
    Thu-Sat 1100-1800
    Sun 1300-1700

    Housing a strong collection of contemporary American and European art, as well as a renowned craft and design collection, this modern five-storey building is one of Charlotte’s cultural highpoints.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 20. January 2014
    Presidents’ Day: 17. February 2014
    Memorial Day: 26. May 2014
    Independence Day: 04. July 2014
    Labour Day: 01. September 2014
    Columbus Day: 13. October 2014
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2014
    Thanksgiving Day: 17. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015
    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Charlotte

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    Charlotte’s reputation as a business city is neatly dispelled by the different flavours of its nightlife, which caters for everyone from casual drinkers to party beasts.

    Crave Dessert Bar

    500 West Fifth Street
    Suite 120
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
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    A fun-loving upscale lounge with a good line in cocktails, spirits and – yes – desserts.

    VBGB Beer Hall

    920 Hamilton Street
    Charlotte, NC 28206
    USA
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    A large, relaxed venue with a sizeable garden patio, complete with wooden picnic tables and a strong choice of regional beers.

    Whisky River

    210 East Trade Street A-208
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
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    An Uptown nightspot owned by a famous NASCAR driver, this place forms part of the EpiCentre entertainment venue.

    Unknown Brewing Company

    1327 South Mint Street
    Charlotte, NC 28203
    USA
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    A stylish taproom with a commitment to good beer, located in a vast warehouse.

    Rooftop 210

    Epicenter
    210 E Trade, 230 -B
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
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    An alfresco option at the EpiCentre entertainment venue, giving striking views of the city skyline.

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    Restaurants in Charlotte

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    Tourists don’t tend to go hungry in Charlotte. Mealtime options range from fine dining to food trucks and

    draw on influences from the Midwest to the Far East – you can find good choices for all budgets.

    Carpe Diem

    1535 Elizabeth Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    A smart restaurant specialising in ‘New American’ cuisine, which translates into a range of inventive local dishes.

    Fig Tree Restaurant

    1601 East Seventh Street
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    A fine dining restaurant in a historic building, influenced by French and Italian cuisine.

    Midwood Smokehouse

    1401 Central Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28205
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    Serves up slow-smoked barbecue and homemade sides, with filling portion sizes.

    Lang Van

    3019 Shamrock Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28215
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    A popular Vietnamese eatery with an extensive range of well-priced dishes.

    Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

    1626 East Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28203
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    A multi award-winning fast food restaurant, with burgers ‘from basic to bad-ass’.

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    Calendar of events

    Festival in the Park

    19 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Freedom Park.

    At Charlotte’s oldest arts festival, visitors can sprawl on the grass and chill out to big-band music or take the kids to watch daring acrobatics and slapstick comedy on the clown stage. There are magicians, dance acts, country singers and over 150 arts and crafts vendors.

    Charlotte Oktoberfest

    27 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: NC Music Factory.

    Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, Tadpole Porter and Gruntled Pumpkin are among the creatively named ales previously poured at Charlotte’s popular beer fest. North Carolinan breweries have a strong presence and aficionados can sip international beers too, soaking them up with spicy bratwurst and pretzels.

    First Night Charlotte

    31 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Romare Bearden Park.

    New Year’s Eve celebrations kick off in the afternoon for Charlotte’s younger residents, with mind-blowing aerial dancing, juggling capers and mesmerising magicians. Live bands and comedians hit the stage later on, and food trucks line up alongside to fill hungry bellies before the fireworks finale.

    St Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival

    14 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Parade travels from Tryon and Ninth Street to Caldwell and Third Street; festival takes place on South Tryon Street between Stonewell and Third Street.

    Charlotteans kit up in green garb and shamrock-adorned hats for the annual parade of pipers, drummers, cheerleaders, firefighters, police and local groups. The party continues at the Charlotte Goes Green Festival with Irish dancing, Celtic music, kids’ activities and plenty of Guinness.

    The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

    25 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Brooklandwood Racecourse, Mineral Springs, around 40km south of Charlotte.

    Posh frocks, fancy hats and slick suits are dusted off for Charlotte’s prestigious horse race. Whether you’re picnicking in a tailgating spot or sipping champers in a lawn box, be sure to have a flutter on your favourite horse before jockeys battle it out on the turf course.

    King’s Drive Art Walk

    25 – 26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Little Sugar Creek Greenway at 600 South Kings Drive.

    Scores of local artists set up booths at this spring art fair. It’s a great chance to pick up a unique souvenir, from one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery to bold sculptures to original paintings and photographs of the region. Jazz bands and strolling musicians keep browsers entertained.

    Speed Street

    1 – 30 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Uptown Charlotte.

    Charlotte celebrates the May car races by closing its streets for a massive motorsports extravaganza. Fans can listen to live bands or get up close to NASCAR show cars. There’s an entire city block dedicated to kids, tons of food stalls, and appearances by star Sprint Cup Series drivers.

    Coca-Cola 600

    24 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    The highlight of a series of May car races in Charlotte, the Coca-Cola 600 has been running since 1960 and is the longest race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The name gives it away: the drivers career round the course for 966km (600 miles).

    Taste of Charlotte

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Tryon Street from Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard to Sixth Street.

    Spicy shrimp burritos, chilly cheese hot dogs, juicy steak cooked Brazilian style, mini key lime pies and refreshing sips of Caroline Blonde ale. These are just a few of the locally grown and produced dishes served up along Tryon Street during this mouth-wateringly tempting foodie fiesta.

    Charlotte Pride

    16 – 17 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Uptown Charlotte.

    Live bands and entertainers take to the stage while art and food vendors line the street at the largest Pride festival in the Carolinas. On the second day, vividly coloured floats and cheering participants travel along Tryon Street in a vibrant celebration of Charlotte’s LGBTQ community.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Charlotte

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    As a popular destination for business travel, Charlotte has a wide range of smart apartments and hotels close to the main

    corporate district. You can also find some decent options for special occasions.

    Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

    10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    An upmarket resort-style retreat with a golf course, a spa and various pools, as well as extensive event space.

    Dunhill Hotel

    237 North Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Open in Uptown Charlotte since the late 1920s, and still offering a polished experience.

    Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

    201 East Trade Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    A modern, high-end chain property with a penthouse spa and some quality dining options.

    Knights Inn Charlotte South

    7901 Nations Ford Road
    Charlotte, NC 28217
    USA
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    Category: Budget

    A budget choice close to the airport – well suited to those travellers passing through.

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    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic.

    Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in Charlotte

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    Key Areas

    In a city largely defined by malls (see shopping centres below), the North Davidson Street Arts District is well known for its creative independent stores and galleries. It’s a great bet for picking up one-off artworks. Just outside the city, meanwhile, the town of Waxhaw has some good antique shops.

    Markets

    Food lovers flock to the 7th Street Public Market, which runs every day except Sunday and features numerous stalls of

    local produce. Those in search of bric-a-brac, meanwhile, can consider heading out to the weekend Sweet Union Flea Market in nearby Monroe.

    Shopping Centres

    Among the city’s most notable retail centres are SouthPark Mall (4400 Sharon Road), which has more than 150 stores and features global design names, Blakeney Shopping Centre (9870 Rea Road), which has a range of large national retailers alongside various boutique stores and restaurants, and the similarly extensive Birkdale Village (Huntersville), north of town.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Fred C. Dr. Fowler
    101 W.T. Harris Blvd.
    Charlotte
    North Carolina 28215
    USA
    Tel. +1-704-547-8818

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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