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Antique hunters frequent shops in Dilworth, Myers Park and South End. Morrison and Phillips Place, in South Park, at the corner of Sharon and Fairview roads, features shops in a quaint setting and other things to see.

Plan a Trip to a Mall

SouthPark Mall , 4400 Sharon Rd., features several restaurants and nearly 200 stores, including Belk, Crate & Barrel, Dillard's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Pottery Barn. Charlotte Premium Outlets , 5404 New Fashion Way, has some 100 outlet stores including Fossil, Kate Spade, Le Creuset and Saks 5th Avenue Off Fifth.

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Other malls include Northlake Mall , 6801 Northlake Mall Dr., which has Belk, Dillard's and Macy's. Pineville's Carolina Place Mall , 11025 Carolina Place Pkwy., offers Belk, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dillard's, JCPenney. For holiday decorations head to the Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop , behind Carolina Place Mall at 11729 Carolina Place Pkwy., October through January.

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Concord Mills Mall (north on I-85 to exit 49 at 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.) has places to eat and more than 140 stores from which to choose.

Though more of a food hall than a mall, 7th Street Public Market (224 E. 7th St.) does offer a variety of goods in addition to food places. One free-standing shop, CLT Find, just might be where to buy your Charlotte souvenirs since they're made by local artisans. (This shop is one of several sprinkled around the city but might be the most convenient if you're near the museums in Uptown.)

Bargain Hunting in Charlotte

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Off I-85 exit 49 is Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World , a sprawling complex filled with fun things to do and see, including a 30,000-gallon fish tank, archery and driving ranges, a putting green and NASCAR memorabilia.

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Charlotte, NC

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Travel Information

City Population

731,424

Elevation

734 ft.

Sales Tax

North Carolina has a 4.75 percent state sales tax; Mecklenburg County levies an additional 2 percent sales tax. Mecklenburg County also levies an 8 percent occupancy tax for lodging, a 1 percent prepared food and beverage tax and an 8 percent tax for rental cars.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(704) 336-7600. Info hotline: 311

Fire (non-emergency)

(704) 336-4174

Hospitals

Atrium Health University City, (704) 863-6000; Carolinas Medical Center, (704) 355-2000; Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, (704) 304-5000; Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, (704) 384-4000.

Visitor Information

501 S. College St. Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone:(704)339-6040 or (800)231-4636

Air Travel

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is 6 miles west of the city on Josh Birmingham Parkway, and is accessible from Billy Graham Parkway or Wilkinson Boulevard. A hub for American Airlines, the airport is served by other major airlines as well; phone (704) 359-4910. If you're looking for things to do this weekend, check AAA.com or ask a AAA Travel Agent about airline tickets—sometimes available as part of a AAA Vacations® package.

Rental Cars

Hertz, 5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (704) 359-0114 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, has a station at 1914 N. Tryon St.

Buses

A Greyhound station serves Charlotte at 601 W. Trade St.; phone (704) 372-0456.

Taxis

Cabs are metered and charge a base fare of around $2.50, plus approximately $2.50 per mile or 50c per minute when the vehicle drops below 15 miles per hour. These companies operate from the airport's queue—City Cab, (704) 333-3327; Crown Cab, (704) 334-6666; Green Cab, (704) 777-1117; and Yellow Cab, (980) 785-1405; they all increase the base fare $2 per person for more than two passengers.

Public Transportation

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), (704) 336-7433, serves the city with more than 70 local and express routes. One-way fare is $2.20; $1.10 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Express fare (buses pick up in a limited area and travel directly to Uptown) is $3; $1.50 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Transfers from local to express are 80c; local to local transfers are free.

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