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With American Airlines flights to Charlotte, an unforgettable trip to the Queen City is just a few clicks away. Plus, we've made it easy to plan your stay with tips on things to do in Charlotte, from enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting (yes, playing golf counts) to exploring first-class museums.
Many activities in Charlotte take advantage of the city's ideal North Carolina location, which affords impossibly blue skies and more moderate summers than many other southern towns. Of course, there are multiple options for golfers. Charlotte boasts more than 40 public courses, each with dramatic settings. The Charles T. Myers Golf Course features bent-grass greens, scenic views and abundant wildlife. Once you see Renaissance Park Golf Course, you'll marvel that this beautiful land was once destined to become a landfill. Thankfully, today it features verdant fairways and challenging holes (including picturesque water hazards). And if you're traveling with kids, check out Paradise Valley Golf Course, which is a pitch-and-putt course that also features a fun miniature golf course that pays homage to the area's 19th-century gold rush.
If you're looking for outdoor things to do in Charlotte that get your adrenaline pumping, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center. It's home to the world's largest man-made whitewater river! Choose to go whitewater rafting, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or whitewater kayaking. Landlubbers have options, too: mountain biking, hiking the trail system, rock climbing or touring the canopy on a zip line.
Did you know the nickname Queen City comes from the fact that the city was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of England's King George III? The city was founded in 1769, so it's full of history. One of our other favorite activities in Charlotte is discovering its rich heritage. At the Charlotte Museum of History, you can learn about the city's beginnings and view over 13,000 artifacts. The Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Uptown features studio craft and design in glass, metal, jewelry, furniture, wood and clay. Meanwhile, the Mint Museum Randolph is housed in the original branch of the United States Mint in Charlotte's historic Eastover neighborhood. It was the first art museum in North Carolina and its collections include artifacts from the ancient Americas along with art from Europe, Africa and Asia. And don't miss the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which features a collection that was privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland. You'll be able to see works by artists including Joan Miro, Nicolas de Stael, Le Corbusier, Victor Vasarely and Pablo Picasso.
Charlotte holds many attractions for everyone, from thrill seekers to art enthusiasts. American Airlines makes it easy to fly to Charlotte so you can experience it all. Browse flights and start making plans to visit today!