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Charlotte Introduction


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Charlotte, North Carolina, is a city of newcomers. An influx of people from outside the South began arriving in the mid-1980s, making it North Carolina's largest city. Rolling farmland has been replaced by shopping malls, residential developments, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the busy airport and the constant buzz of construction equipment. Still, the city has managed to retain its softer edge and genuine friendliness.  Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charlotte Geography


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Although Charlotte's topography isn't dramatic, it has plenty of natural charm. The city is nestled in the Carolina piedmont, a gently rolling landscape that stretches between the Appalachian Mountains and the coastal plain. The hilly region is veined with creeks and rivers; dams on the Catawba River have created popular Lake Norman and Lake Wylie a few miles/kilometers outside of town. The tree-rich area is especially fetching when the abundant azaleas and dogwoods bloom in the spring, and when the hardwoods blaze with color in the fall.   Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charlotte History


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Charlotte lies on the junction of two important Native American trading paths that were used by the local Catawba people, as well as the Cherokee and other tribes. The strategic significance of these paths endures to this day, contributing to Charlotte's role as a distribution hub. The first permanent European settlers in the area were mostly Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who went to the Piedmont via the Great Wagon Road.   Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charlotte Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Charlotte is a working city, not a tourist mecca. Yet visitors willing to search for the city's unique gifts will discover plenty of worthwhile attractions.  Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charlotte Nightlife


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Charlotte's nightlife scene is growing along with the city. Every week there are plenty of performances and live-music shows to keep you busy, but young people looking for constant action—or people accustomed to the many diversions of a large metropolis—might find Charlotte's offerings limited. Dance clubs oriented to college students are conveniently packed into the Uptown Entertainment District, a one-block area along College Street; you can easily dance your way from one place to another without missing a beat.  Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charlotte Restaurants & Dining


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Newcomers to Charlotte once moaned, "There's nowhere to eat." That certainly has changed. Although many restaurants are clustered in the Uptown business district, there are plenty of choices in outlying suburban neighborhoods within the city limits. The explosion of genuine ethnic offerings has added to the mix.  Click here to see the full Charlotte travel guide on Travel42 »

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