NC - Charlotte - Area Attractions

Carolina Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208. Phone: 704-997-3770.

$12 Adult admission. Features a pretty fair collection of civil and military aircraft and many nice interior exhibits.

The Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207. Phone: 704-337-2000.

Art museum housed in building that was the first US Mint from 1836 to Civil War. Collections include paintings, fine arts, pottery, etc. $10 Adult admission. Off NC-16, look for the signs. Combine this with a visit to the Reed Gold Mine off US-601 and you should have a great understanding of the impact of gold mining in this area.