The 2016 ALSC National Institute will take place at the Charlotte Marriott City Center . Guests at the Charlotte Marriott City Center benefit from being at the heart of the action, staying in the same hotel where the programs are taking place. Conveniently located in downtown Charlotte, the Marriott is offering a special rate for Institute attendees: $179/night (single/double occupancy does not include taxes). This discounted rate is available through August 24, 2016.
Housing is now open! To make reservations, visit the special website or call 1-800-359-3204. Be sure to request the ALSC National Institute Room Block when making your reservation by phone.
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Marriott City Center
Tips for Visiting Charlotte
Making the Most of Your Trip
- Airport: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Food: Charlotte is a great place to encounter local southern delicacies or cuisine from across the world. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite restaurants near the Institute. Check it out here.
- Best Bars in Uptown Charlotte
- The Punch Room – 201 E. Trade Street
- RiRa Irish Pub – 208 N. Tryon Street
- Cowbell Burger and Whisky Bar - 201 N. Tryon Street
- 5 Church – 127 N Tryon Street #8
- Best Local Breweries close to Uptown (downtown) Charlotte: You’ll need to secure a ride to these breweries or take a Brews Cruise, but local Charlotte beer is not far off from the center city. Charlotte has a vibrant craft brewery scene. Here are three of the closest breweries in the area, but there are more.
Getting Around Town
- Public Transportation: Check out Charlotte’s Got A Lot - Getting Around page for a thorough look at CLT’s public transit options. CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System) offers many options including bus, trolley, and light rail.
- B-cycles: Rent a bicycle and explore Charlotte with two wheels!
- Taxis: Click here for information on taxis from the airport.
- Car Rental and Airport Shuttles: You can find more about these services by clicking here.
- Car Ride Sharing Services
- Walking – Uptown Charlotte is very walkable. If you want to get out of uptown and explore some of the neighborhoods you should consider getting an Uber out. Dilworth, Plaza Midwood, NoDa are just some of eclectic Charlotte neighborhoods you can explore.
Handling the Weather
North Carolina is known for its comfortable temperate climate. Depending on where you are coming from you might find our September to be a little on the warm side. Daily highs will range anywhere between 85°F to 76°F , and the evenings dip into the 60’s and high 50’s. Consider bringing a jacket so you are comfortable!
Charlotte Dining Information
Charlotte has something for everyone, offering wide variety of cuisines including some of our wonderful Southern staples. Fried chicken, sweet tea, grits, anyone? Here are some suggestions sorted by neighborhood and cuisine. Click here to view local recommended eateries.
Price Range Guide (per person):
$ - Under $10
$$ - $11 - $30
$$$ - $31 - $60
$$$$ - Above $61
- 7th Street Public Market – 224 E. 7th Street - Right next to ImaginOn, across the light rail track. Sample a variety of sandwiches, sushi, baked goods, and specialty coffee.
- Overstreet Mall – 214 North Tryon Street - This indoor “mall” offers a variety of cheap eateries and some retail spots. It is spread across the uptown’s major buildings and office towers. The Charlotte Agenda has an excellent post covering everything the Overstreet Mall has to offer.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 359-4027
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 7:45 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 333-1887, ext. 235
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
Things to Do in Charlotte
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Rd · (704) 525-9239
230 E W.T. Harris Blvd B11 · (704) 966-9673
330 East Blvd. · (704)-333-7130
1306 The Plaza · (704) 344-8611
Photos courtesy of Charlotte's Got A Lot