Charlotte is served by Charlotte Douglas International Airport (airport code CLT), the second largest airport in the US, and US Airway’s largest hub. CLT is about 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte.
StarCityGames.com Travel Team Recommendations:
Book your flight at least three weeks in advance to secure the best fares. The earlier the better.
Use search engines such as itasoftware.com and kayak.com to compare fares across airlines.
Book your flights mid-week—fares tend to go up over the weekends and come back down again during the week.
If you fly frequently, be sure to check out airline frequent flyer programs such as United MileagePlus, US Airways Dividend Miles, and Delta SkyMiles. In addition to being able to put miles toward flights, reaching status tiers earns free checked bags, priority seating and check in, and even free upgrades.
Cab fare from the airport to the City Center, including downtown hotels, is about $25. Three cab companies are approved to pick up passengers from the airport:
City Cab (704-333-3327)
Crown Cab (704-334-6666)
Yellow Cab (704-444-4444)
All three accept cash and credit cards. An attendant is available at the airport most of the day to help you locate a cab.
Fares to and from other destinations within Charlotte are $2.50 per mile, plus a pick-up charge, and $2 per person after the second.
None of the downtown hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.
StarCityGames.com has secured a room block for GP: Charlotte attendees at the Hampton Inn Charlotte-Uptown, approximately two blocks, an eight minute walk, from the convention center.
The hotel offers free breakfast and in-room internet access. Self-parking is $10 a night, valet $15.
To get the negotiated rate of $99 for single occupancy rooms, or $109 for double occupancy, call the hotel and mention Star City Games. The rate is guaranteed until January 23rd.
Here are some additional hotels within walking distance of the convention center:
If you’re driving in, or just prefer to stay outside of the city, the Hyatt Place near the airport offers free breakfast, parking, and internet. They also have complimentary transportation within a three mile radius, which is enough to get you to the airport, but not the convention center.
Downtown Charlotte offers plenty of parking garages within walking distance of the convention center. Daily parking rates range from $5 to $12.
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NASCAR Hall of FameCharlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located at 400 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. General admission tickets are $19.95, and they’re open from 10 AM – 6 PM daily.
Carolinas Aviation MuseumLocated at Charlotte Douglas Airport, the Carolinas Aviation Museum hosts exhibits spanning the history of aviation. General admission is $12. While they close early on the weekends, it’s perfect for a Friday afternoon stop.
The Mint MuseumThe Mint Museum has several locations. The Mint Museum Uptown, located at 500 S Tyron Street, a two minute walk from the convention center, houses their Craft + Design collection as well as various American, contemporary, and European art. They’re open from 10 AM – 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 PM – 5 PM on Sunday. Adult admission is $10.