Fly To Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, and the centre of the district’s finance, technology, industry, and entertainment. It’s one of the fastest-growing and most successful cities in the South, and while it remains a business giant, Charlotte is steadily increasing its standing as a tourism destination both locally and internationally.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Charlotte, North Carolina, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Charlotte is in New York. 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Phone: + 1 212 213 4880. Website: www.southafrica-newyork.net.
See and do
Much of Charlotte’s original architecture has given way to glistening skyscrapers and apartment blocks, but there are still some historic treasures scattered in and around the city. The Historic Latta Plantation is a great example of an antebellum plantation with information about yeoman, farmers and slaves. Hezekia Alexander Homesite is America’s oldest dwelling, and the stone building dates back to 1774. Rosedale Plantation is a Federal-style house with wonderful original features, lush parklands and manicured gardens to enjoy as well.
You’ll find more of Charlotte’s history in the many museums in town. The Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte Nature Museum, North Carolina Transportation Museum and Harvey B Gantt Centre for African-American Arts and Culture are all great ways to spend an afternoon.
There are plenty of modern attractions in Charlotte as well, including the Bank of America Stadium, the Bank of America Corporate Centre, the Carolina Raptor Centre, the Aquarium, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Paramount’s Carowinds Theme Park is a favourite with families, and it’s a good place to stock up on cute Charlotte souvenirs.
Public transport in Charlotte consists of light rail, bus, and trolley, all of which are clean and safe, and easy to use. There’s a free “Gold Rush” shuttle running in the uptown area, which is great for getting between some of the more central attractions. Uptown is very pedestrian friendly, however, so don’t miss out on the chance to explore the streets on foot.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport – CLT
Food and beverage: Charlotte Bistro, Cinnabon, Coca Cola 600 Café, Starbucks, Stock Car Café and Zia.
Currency Exchange: Travelex Worldwide Money offers foreign exchange services at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. You can also pre-order your currency online, and collect at a Travelex counter when you land.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found handles items lost within the terminals, excluding security checkpoints, restaurants and retail stores. They are contactable on +1 704-359-8765.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Hampton Inn and Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport and Homewood Suites by Hilton.
Car Hire: Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (code CLT) is a hub for US Airways.