|Destination Airport IATA Code||CLT|
|Number of Airlines Serving||1|
|Popular Airline||American Airlines|
|Origin||Destination||Travel Dates||Flights From*|
|JFK||Charlotte||May 30 - Aug 31||$240|
|JFK||Charlotte||May 30 - Aug 31||$240|
|LGA||Charlotte||May 30 - Jun 17||$257|
|PHL||Charlotte||May 29 - Jun 1||$264|
|BOS||Charlotte||May 30 - Jun 3||$287|
|EWR||Charlotte||May 29 - Jun 6||$295|
|DFW||Charlotte||May 29 - Jul 29||$317|
|LAX||Charlotte||May 29 - Jun 13||$366|
|DEN||Charlotte||May 29 - May 30||$517|
The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte is a major financial center and an important cultural hub for the Tar Heel State. Home to a great choice of museums and restaurants and a number of beautiful buildings and historic sights, it makes a great destination for a sophisticated city break.
The best times to visit Charlotte are March to May and September to November. In the spring and fall months temperatures are generally very pleasant and good deals on flights to Charlotte are pretty easy to find.
In the summer, the weather is hot and humid and, although this is peak tourist season in the city, the toasty temperatures can make sightseeing a challenge.
Winters in Charlotte are relatively mild. Snowfall is very rare and the mercury rarely drops below 50˚F. As far fewer tourists visit in the winter months, Cheap Flights to Charlotte are often easier to find: if you don’t mind a bit of rain, this can be a great time to bag a bargain.
You’ll often find that flights to Charlotte are cheaper on certain days of the week. Tick the ‘My dates are flexible’ box when you search with Orbitz to check prices for departures on the days either side of your selected dates.
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The busiest airport in North Carolina, Charlotte Douglas International is located around seven miles from the city center. The airport is the second largest hub for American Airlines after Dallas/Fort Worth and it offers an excellent choice of non-stop domestic services with flights departing regularly for destinations across the US.
As well as operating a large number of internal flights, Charlotte Douglas International is a major gateway for destinations in the Caribbean. Regular direct flights are available to destinations including Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Saint Martin and the Cayman Islands.
From the airport you can continue your journey to Charlotte by bus, taxi or hire car. A number of hotels in the city also offer shuttle services, so check with your accommodation before you fly.
Many of the major airlines offer direct flights to Charlotte.
The quickest way to get around Charlotte is via the city’s light rail network. Modern, fast and comfortable, it connects the southern parts of the city with central Charlotte, NoDa and the University of North Carolina.
If you’re traveling east to west, you can jump on one of the historic streetcars that operate on the city’s Gold Line. Running every 10 to 20 minutes during the day, they’re a fun and convenient way to get about.
Taxis, buses and ride share schemes are also available in the city. Alternatively, if you’re feeling energetic, you can rent a bike using the city’s public bike share scheme and discover Charlotte on two wheels.
If you’re a fan of racing, the first stop on your tour of Charlotte has got to be the NASCAR Hall of Fame. See some of the most famous cars of all time and watch reruns of some classic races. You can also get a behind the scenes look at how different teams prepare for race day.
If your interests lie in the sky rather than on the racetrack, head to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Home to a fantastic collection of classic and modern aircraft, it’s the perfect destination for history buffs and aviation geeks.
As Charlotte is known for its great food and excellent restaurants, no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the 7th Street Public Market. Showcasing some of the best produce North Carolina has to offer, it’s a great place to pick up a few groceries and grab a bite to eat.
Charlotte operates on Eastern Standard Time.
Summers in Charlotte can be frustratingly hot, particularly if you’re not use to the South’s thick humidity. Beat the heat at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where a man-made re-circulating river offers Class III rafting just outside of downtown. The center also hosts River Jam, a summer-long concert series along the Catawba River. In town, pitch a picnic at Symphony Park during Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series. And every Thursday, from May to September, head to Uptown’s Alive After Five at the EpiCentre, a block party–style concert series. In July, Restaurant Week is a good opportunity to sample Charlotte’s progressive dinner scene. Almost 100 restaurants participate in this weeklong celebration of food, with special three-course menus throughout downtown.
The heat begins to settle in September, when the city also hosts the BBQ and Blues Festival, the largest festival in the Southeast sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network. Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council also sponsors the Cultural Free For All each September, featuring a series of free performances, exhibits, and hands-on workshops all month.
May is NASCAR season in Charlotte—which is, in fact, home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and 85 percent of NASCAR’s teams. In addition to the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, both of which attract hundreds of thousands of motor-sports fans, there’s also the Speed Street 600 Festival. This multi-day celebration fills the streets of Uptown with memorabilia, driver appearances, racing simulators, and live bands.
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