Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a joint civil-military public international airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, which was named after former Charlotte Mayor Ben Elbert Douglas Sr. It currently stands as the US Airways' largest hub, with service to over 175 domestic and international destinations. It ranks in the top 30 among the world's busiest airports based on passenger traffic. It has an aviation museum on the field which was established in 1992, and it currently houses a collection of over 50 aircraft, including a flying DC-3 which is painted in Piedmont Airlines livery. The Museum also has an aviation library with over 9,000 volumes and a very extensive photography collection. The unique blend of modern and old aircrafts gives the museum an unparalleled technological lead over other aviation museums in the field of commercial aviation.
What to see & do
North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States that borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Charlotte, where the airport can be found, is its largest city where around 800,000 people live. The city is a major U.S. financial centre, with both Bank of America and Wells Fargo's East Coast operations headquartered in the city, but there also quite a number of sites to see. First on this list is the Cape Fear Serpentarium, home to reptiles of the deadliest kind and Dean Ripa, a gonzo herptologist/ringmaster who hand feeds mice to over 100-plus species of beasts. History lovers shouldn't miss visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial site where Wilbur and Orville Wright, collectively known as the Wright brothers, launched the world's first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903. A boulder marks the spot where they took off but you might as well explore the rest of the place where the brothers conducted their experiments. For beach lovers, Ocracoke Island is the place to be as the village welcomes visitors and encourage them to camp by the beach, eat in its local pub, or roam the village's narrow streets. You can also find the 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse, the oldest one still in operation in all of North Carolina.
How to get around within Charlotte
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the agency responsible for operating mass transit in Charlotte, with various means of transportation which include light rail transit, trolleys, express shuttles, and its own bus line, which serves the city up to its immediate suburbs. Amtrak also serves Charlotte via three routes, with the Carolinian, Piedmont, and Crescent train connecting Charlotte to select states in the U.S. Taxi service is also available within the city premises. Ferry companies also ship travellers out of Charlotte to other parts of the country, with companies such as Steamship Authority, SS Badger, Lake Champlain Ferries, Lake Express, among others, being available to tourists within two kilometres of the North Carolina coast.
How to get there
51 airlines operate in and out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and they include the likes of Air France, Air Canada, Air Asia, Delta Airlines, Easy Jet, Emirates, Ryanair, United Airlines, and the US Airways, to name a few. There are also non-stop flights to the airport and estimates of over 154 connecting flights are available from other cities around the U.S.
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