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Charlotte Water treats more than 107 million gallons of drinking water per day in three water treatment plants.  Franklin Water Treatment Plant, one of our region’s largest treatment plants, was built in 1959 and has a treatment capacity greater than 180 million gallons per day.  The tour will provide an overview of our process and approach from raw water storage (0.5 billion gallons) to finished water primary distribution.  We look forward to hosting National League of Cities conference attendees at our award winning facility.

Type: Bus and walking tour

The Carolinas Aviation Museum, located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is celebrating its 25th year as one of the South’s premier aviation museums. Its diverse exhibitions tell stories that reach back to the very beginning of flight while embracing the multi-faceted world of contemporary aviation. Walk through the indoor hangar deck and come face-to-face with an F-14 Super Tomcat, DC-3 commercial airliner, CH-46 helicopter transport and the US Airways Airbus A320 which made a miraculous emergency landing on the Hudson River, “Flight 1549. Miracle on the Hudson.” Create your own adventure by climbing into the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom or Boeing 727. Get ready to experience the wonders of aviation and the stories of the aviators who flew into history.

Type: Bus and self-guided walking tour

 

Charlotte’s tree canopy is the city’s signature natural resource. In 2011, the city council adopted a “50% Canopy by 2050” goal to preserve and enhance the canopy. Charlotte employs three complementary strategies to accomplish this goal: maintenance of healthy trees on public property, land development regulations balancing tree protection with economic growth, and strong community collaboration that sparked the creation of a very successful public-private collaborative effort called TreesCharlotte. This combination bus and walking tour will teach you the heritage and promise of Charlotte’s canopy efforts. The tour will consist of three parts:

  1. Tree Canopy Preservation Program conservation area tour. See a site that has been purchased by the city for the sole purpose of saving the trees. These purchases are funded by mitigation payments made by developers who cannot meet tree-save requirements at their development sites.
  2. Uptown tree walking tour. Learn about the forward-looking plan to have tree-lined uptown streets. Sidewalks were specially engineered to accommodate tree roots. Learn about the hazards these trees face.
  3. TreesCharlotte planting site. Hear the story of the public/private collaborative that Charlotte has created and see some of the sites where volunteers and the community have come together to plant trees on public or private property.

Type: Bus and walking tour

The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Matching Grants program provides financial and technical support to create sustainable public/private partnerships, build neighborhood capacity, and support quality of life improvements in low to moderate income neighborhoods.

Learn how this program engages residents to select projects and allocate funding, and see several completed projects.

The final route and stops are being planned, but they are expected to be among the following:

  • Druid Hills park improvements, including community garden and adult fit park.
  • Reid Park Cathedral, community-driven art and pavilion community meeting space.
  • Plaza Midwood, bike racks, bike repair station and Can Do Signs.
  • No Da, decorative bridge rail and underpass wall mural.
  • McCrorey Heights/Oaklawn Language Academy, mosaic mural.
  • Beatties Ford Road Corridor, community signage.
  • Oaklawn Park, little free library.
  • Belmont, historic preservation/economic development corridor study.

Type: Bus tour

The City of Rock Hill is known as a sports tourism destination. This tour will include an overview of the City’s sports tourism facilities and its history in the field. Participants will take behind the scenes tours of nationally recognized sporting venues – including the site of the 2017 BMX Supercross World Championships. Additionally, the City will share workable financing mechanisms that remove the burden on local tax payers and provide an overview of how to measure the direct community economic impact for sporting events. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Type: Bus and walking tour

The LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) is a catalyst for growth in the Charlotte community. The BLE adds an additional 9.3 miles to the existing 9.6 mile Blue Line light rail system, which boasts over 16,000 average daily riders. The existing LYNX Blue Line has promoted substantial development in the south corridor of Charlotte, and the Charlotte community is looking forward to another successful segment slated to open prior to March 2018. The tour will consist of a stop at each station, a look at existing and planned development along the alignment, and a discussion of the collaborative efforts that are making this $1.16 billion dollar project come to life.

Type: Bus and limited walking tour

The City of Rock Hill is known as a sports tourism destination. This tour will include an overview of the City’s sports tourism facilities and its history in the field. Participants will take behind the scenes tours of nationally recognized sporting venues – including the site of the 2017 BMX Supercross World Championships. Additionally, the City will share workable financing mechanisms that remove the burden on local tax payers and provide an overview of how to measure the direct community economic impact for sporting events. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

(Offered both Wednesday morning and afternoon.)

Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy your official welcome to “The Queen City.” This tour begins with a two-hour bus tour of Charlotte in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury motor coach. Our professional tour guide will educate you about Charlotte’s early history and its fascinating involvement in the birth of this nation. You will get to experience the gleaming, vibrant Center City as your guide points out fascinating works of arts, architecture, public parks, museums and entertainment venues.

You will also experience some of the most visually stunning aspects of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, their mansions, landmarks and gardens, including the historical Duke Mansion and VanLandingham Estate. Plus, get a look at some of the area’s Treasured Trees – very old trees in the Charlotte area that are documented as the largest known of their species or the only of their kind in the state.

After the bus tour, you’ll visit the Levine Museum of the New South for a self-guided tour.  This interactive museum provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.

Cost: $44 per person

Includes transportation, professional Charlotte tour guide, plus a self-guided tour of the Levine Museum and museum admission.

(Offered both Wednesday morning and afternoon.)

Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy your official welcome to “The Queen City.” This tour begins with a two-hour bus tour of Charlotte in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury motor coach. Our professional tour guide will educate you about Charlotte’s early history and its fascinating involvement in the birth of this nation. You will get to experience the gleaming, vibrant Center City as your guide points out fascinating works of arts, architecture, public parks, museums and entertainment venues.

You will also experience some of the most visually stunning aspects of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, their mansions, landmarks and gardens, including the historical Duke Mansion and VanLandingham Estate. Plus, get a look at some of the area’s Treasured Trees – very old trees in the Charlotte area that are documented as the largest known of their species or the only of their kind in the state.

After the bus tour, you’ll visit the Levine Museum of the New South for a self-guided tour.  This interactive museum provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.

Cost: $44 per person

Includes transportation, professional Charlotte tour guide, plus a self-guided tour of the Levine Museum and museum admission.