Charlotte, North Carolina, 02-2019
The second solo trip I impulsively decided to take was to Charlotte, North Carolina. After arriving around 11:15pm, I took my hotel shuttle to my hotel, the Radisson. Breakfast was not included for free, but it provided a safe bed to sleep in and a free airport shuttle.
The weather was sunny and warm the next day, perfect for wandering around Uptown Charlotte. The Green was one of my favorite places to walk and sit. Lovely sculptures bordered a large plot of green grass right in the middle of the city. There were the famous Charlotte signs, colorful stone benches, fish sculptures that shot out water, and gold flat scripts of poetry. I went to the Bearden park where there were more fountains and I could see the BB&T stadium, then to the Wells Fargo plaza with even more fountains. This city has lots of water fountains!
Next I walked through the Old Settler’s Cemetery and the Historic Fourth Ward. As spring was just around the corner, there were lots of sweet pink cherry blossoms adorning the trees. I made my way to the Levine Museum of the New South, which talked about the history of Charlotte starting in the 1820s and provided lots of videos and interactive exhibits.
For lunch, the 7th Street Public Market offered a wide variety of good eats. I chose a buffalo chicken crepe from Hazelnut’s Creperie. It was delicious.
After enjoying my crepe outside in the sunshine and walking back through the city once more, I took an Uber to the Billy Graham museum. This museum is a little out of the way, but it was well worth the trip. There are very interactive exhibits that take you through the life and ministry of Billy Graham. I had no idea how influential of a man he was. The library (main portion of the museum) is inside of the giant barn on the property. It was a beautiful museum.
After that, it was time to catch my flight back to Houston. Thanks for the memories Charlotte!