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Charlotte, North Carolina
was the fourth Destination City on a dream Amtrak train trip covering
25 states on 6 Amtrak Long Distance Trains. Son, Matthew Morrison, and
Yours Truly arrived on Amtrak Carolinian and left on the Amtrak Crescent.
Amtrak trains serving
Charlotte, North Carolina include Piedmont, Carolinian, and
Crescent. We arrived on the Carolinian from Washington, DC and
departed on the Crescent for New Orleans.
Thurs. July 14, 8:12 pm Arrive Charlotte, NC (a couple of hours late)
Station: Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Station Building (with waiting room)
1914 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Charlotte, North Carolina LYNX Blue Line, the first rapid transit
line in North Carolina.
The LYNX Blue Line is the Charlotte
region's first light rail service. It is 9.6 miles long and operates
from I-485 at South Boulevard to Uptown Charlotte. CATS LYNX Blue Line
operates 20 light rail vehicles, with 15 stations including seven park
and ride locations, the LYNX Blue Line provides a congestion free
commute with a consistent travel time. LYNX operates seven days a week.
Weekday service operates from 5:26 a.m. to 1:26 a.m. and service is
available every 10 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 15
minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20
minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late night hours.
Charlotte Area Transis System (CATS) also operates 323 buses with 73
Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte
895 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC, 28202-1122, US
Since we arrived about 10 p.m. in Charlotte, we went directly to our
DoubleTree Hotel (photo taken the next morning).
Our room at the Doubletree by Hilton Charlotte
Doubletree Hotel bar and restaurant
Doubletree front desk and waiting area inside the restaurant.
View from our Doubletree Hotel room.
The Charlotte Panthers, with Cam Newton as quarterback, lost in
the 2015 Superbowl to the Denver Broncos.
Bank of America Stadium is a
football stadium located on 33 acres in uptown Charlotte, North
Carolina, United States. It is the home facility and headquarters of
the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. The stadium
opened in 1996. In addition to the Panthers, the stadium hosts the
annual Belk Bowl, which features teams from the Atlantic Coast
Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The
largest crowd to ever attend a football game at the stadium was on
December 5, 2015 when 74,514 fans watched the Clemson Tigers defeat the
North Carolina Tar Heels 45-37 in the 2015 ACC Championship Game. It
has been called "[A] classic American stadium," by Panthers president
Danny Morrison due to its bowl design and other features. The stadium
will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the 2016-17 NFL season.
Johnson & Wales University is next door to the Doubletree.
Over 2,200 students from across the US and 20 countries are enrolled in
the School of Business, School of Hospitality, and College of Culinary
Liquid Amber trees on campus and around the south were in bloom during
our July trip.
I took an excellent C-Charlotte Tours trip around Charlotte
704-517-6844. Their van was only 3 weeks old.
We picked up other tour members at the Omni hotel at which a Hoshicon
convention was being held. Photos of attendees on the city
Hoshicon is a three – day Japanese
Culture, Animation, and Video Game event located at the Westin
Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. There is a wide – range of events
catering to this cultural event including shopping, panels, a game
room, cosplay contest, and much more! Our goal is to provide people of
all ages with entertainment and to educate our community about
Southeast Asian culture. Last year, our convention ended up attracting
4,000+ attendees to the Charlotte, NC area. Please join us as we host
2016’s Hoshicon here in Charlotte, NC! We hope to see you there!
Charlotte is a banking center. Plenty of Michael Jordan
references on the tour.
As the nation’s second-largest
financial hub, it’s also home to multiple Fortune 500 companies,
including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Lowe’s — creating a
business-friendly environment with a wealth of internship and career
Statue of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, the namesake of
Charlotte, NC aka "Queen City". The statue is located in a part of town
that is called "Uptown" by some, "Downtown" by others and "Center City"
by the rest.
The Sculptures on The Square at Trade & Tryon in Uptown
Charlotte represent: Commerce, Transportation, Industry and The Future.
This alley with a glass ceiling was originally for grading cotton.
Charlotte Art League Gallery
Evidently a favorite in Charlotte.
Greek Orthodox Church, not far from the church where Billy Graham
attended as a boy.
Bathroom and snack break at Dean & Deluca's at South Park, an
Beautiful homes in Charlotte's Dilworth Neighborhood
The streets of Dilworth feature
stately, mature oak trees, sidewalks, and houses with front porches.
The homes are primarily bungalows — with the occasional Queen Anne —
and some larger, two-story Colonial Revivals lining Dilworth Road East
Queens University of Charlotte excellent virtual tour of the
Statue to a person who used to pretend to direct traffic here in
The Duke Mansion
Built in 1915 and tripled by its
most famous owner James Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home
and host to leaders of the 20th century. Duke’s most lasting legacies,
including Duke University, Duke Energy and the Duke Endowment, took
shape at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
The Mansion is operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to
preserve and protect this community treasure.
Duke Mansion was built in the new Myers Park Neighborhood formerly
a long cotton farm south of Charlotte.
Following the light rail toward south downtown Charlotte
Charlotte only has 1 day below 32
degrees. Blued ridge Mountains and Parkway are 2 hrs. west.
Biltmore House , largest home in America with 8,000 acres especially
impressive at Christmas is in Ashville. Charlotte is close to
South Carolina beaches, 3 hours from Charleston. Quail Hollow
Golf course is in Pinehurst 2 hrs. east. Carowinds Amusement park
has a new roller coaster. Charolette Motor Speedway holds its
race on Memorial Day. 75% of the NASCAR teams are in
Charlotte. The NBA star, Curry, is from Charlotte.
During the Summer of 1775, John Walker was the existing Colonel
over the Tryon County Regiment of Militia, and shown here the
delivering the Tryon County Declaration of Independence (aka the "Tryon
Resolves") on 8/14/1775.
Duke Energy Building in far center has its lights changing each
Our guide mentioned the 4th Ward Christmas Tour and this house is
on the tour.
One of many "Treasure Trees" in town.
Affectionately known as "Disco
Chicken" by area residents, the shimmering Firebird sculpture was
installed in 2009, and stands at the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of
Modern Art on Tryon Street. The statue stands over 17 feet tall and
weighs over 1,400 pounds. The entire statue is covered from top to
bottom in over 7,500 pieces of of mirrored and colored glass. The piece
was created in 1991 by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, and
purchased by Andreas Bechtler specifically for placement at the front
of the museum. It has traveled from city to city on display, but
Charlotte is its first permanent home. When Bechtler purchased the
piece, he said that he wanted art he wanted, "not just an iconic piece,
but also one people would enjoy."
Most people at first glance think that the statue is of a bird with
incredibly large legs and what appears to be flowing pants (hence the
Disco Chicken nickname) or even bowed legs.