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The Queen City is much more than NASCAR, as you'll soon find out. The "Uptown" area has plenty of coffee shops and museums. The area is easily accessible by foot or public transportation.
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
7th Street Public Market is in the space once occupied by Reid's Market. Wine, beer, sushi, meat, seafood, wild game, produce, pastries, sandwiches, coffee, pizza, cheese, sweets, etc. I took this photo on a weekday morning. As the day progresses...
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500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Named to differentiate it from its sister museum, Mint Randolph, Mint Uptown is in Charlotte's version of downtown. The Randolph location was the state's first art museum, housed in the original branch of the United States Mint. The name stuck, so...
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500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
While most of my favorite meals are usually cheap and humble, I enjoy splurging on a truly memorable meal. My visit to Halcyon Flavors From the Earth in Charlotte was just that. After wandering around the Mint Uptown art museum for a few hours, I...
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200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
The Levine Museum of the New South provides an interesting overview of the history and development of the Carolinas, from the Civil War to the present day, with a strong cultural focus. If you've never visited Charlotte before, this museum offers...
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150 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Once I land on a favorite dish at a restaurant, I order it repeatedly on subsequent visits. Rooster’s is no exception—I usually go with the spit-fire roasted natural quarter chicken with a side of yukon puree. It is browned and crispy on the...
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601 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
The iconic Westin Charlotte has made a name for itself as one of the best hotels in town. With all rooms providing views of the city, every view is a good one. The hotel has direct access to the LYNX rail and is within walking distance of all the...