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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

Getting Around Town


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
Cheap Eats
  • 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.

Exploring Charlotte Neighborhoods

Charlotte Visitor Info Centers

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
Grande Promenade
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