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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Enjoy free attractions in Charlotte

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Find a cheap airfare to Charlotte and explore this Southern gem. Charlotte, the largest city between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, is a mix of urban energy and Southern charm. Charlotte hotels offer some new, luxury rooms, and the bustling downtown boasts new skyscrapers and restaurants. The Queen City also is home to historic mansions, charming neighborhoods and a vibrant art scene.

Travel to Charlotte can be even cheaper when you take advantage of the city’s free events. Here’s a sample:

Free art: The Mint Museum of Art offers free admission Tuesday evenings from 5-9.

One art gallery district: Hit NoDa, Charlotte’s Historic Arts District, on the first and third Fridays of the month for the neighborhood’s Gallery Crawl. The many art galleries welcome visitors from 6-9:30 p.m. The restaurants, wine bar, live music venues and boutiques make this a fun place to stroll. NoDa is centered at North Davidson and 36th Street.

Another art gallery district: Charlotte’s Historic South End neighborhood hosts a free Gallery Crawl on the first Friday of the month. Enjoy the shows at the neighborhood galleries from 6-8 p.m.; then visit one of the many restaurants.

Live jazz: The Mint Museum of Craft + Design is the place to be on the third Thursday of the month. The museum offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. and free jazz music from 6:30-7:30.

Charlotte has plenty to offer visitors of all ages. If you’re a sports fan, the city is home to pro sports teams, many golf courses and NASCAR. The city also has plenty of family-friendly attractions and museums.

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