Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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charlottesgotalot.com 13 P ark and ride … or walk, or bike or run. Charlotte's diverse transportation options (and welcoming walkability) make it easy to leave your car and still get around town. Here's how. Fast Path e Little Sugar Creek Greenway features miles of trails and land connectors, making it easy to safely get around Charlotte on foot or by bike without having to access major roads. Use it to head to the Midtown area for a patio brunch with a skyline view at Vivace Charlotte. You can also take the greenway to get to Park Road Shopping Center, which is booming with new businesses. If you want to venture into Uptown, ird, Fourth and Seventh streets as well as Elizabeth Avenue are easy access points. mecknc.gov/parkandrec Pedal Power Need some wheels? Head to one of the 24 B-cycle stations scattered around the city, and rent a bike for the day. Purchase a membership online or at the station itself, then grab a helmet and get on your way. When you're done pedaling, simply return the bike to the nearest station. It's $8 to purchase a 24-hour pass, or you can pay by the half hour. charlottebcycle.com On Track In 2007, the LYNX Blue Line light rail started as a 9.6-mile route that wound its way from Uptown to South Charlotte, powering growth in neighborhoods like South End. e latest addition, opening in 2018, brings 11 new stops, giving riders in the University City and NoDa areas easy (and cheap) access to Center City. e shorter CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar gives passengers a free ride to businesses and educational facilities, such as Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Central Piedmont Community College. Turn to the map's Travel Tips to learn more. ridetransit.org Rail Trail e 4.5-mile Charlotte Rail Trail lies alongside the LYNX light rail tracks, winding its path through neighborhoods like Sedgefield, South End and Uptown. is urban greenway is perfect for running, biking or rollerblading, but beyond functionality, the trail also showcases the Queen City's creativity. You'll notice brightly colored murals on the trail near New Bern station and next to the Shook Kelley office on Hawkins Street, and keep your eyes and ears open for impromptu concerts and artists at work. If you need a pit stop along the route, grab a juice or a Fire & Brimstone veggie burger at Living Kitchen. Hot Taco serves affordable Mexican on a perfect patio for people-watching. In the evening, cool off at Vin Master with a glass of wine. charlotterailtrail.org NO CAR? NO PROBLEM. 1 LYNX Blue Line East/West Boulevard Station 2 Magic Carpet Mural along the Charlotte Rail Trail 3 B-cycle station 4 CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar 5 Biking the Little Sugar Creek Greenway PHOTOS 1 AND 4 BY TIM ROBISON; PHOTO 2 BY JUSTIN MARTIN; PHOTOS 3 AND 5 BY KYO H NAM

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