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Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

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Address: 7300 Old Dowd Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
This attraction is at Douglas Airport

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Great plane watching site

Spent several hours here today. It's free and I had down time on this business trip so why not? Charlotte's airport is reportedly the 6th busiest in the nation. That's very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Arnold, Missouri
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Arnold, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent several hours here today. It's free and I had down time on this business trip so why not? Charlotte's airport is reportedly the 6th busiest in the nation. That's very believable. If you're into seeing a lot of different plane types or planes from many different air carriers than this probably isn't going to be as interesting. Charlotte is... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I were here on a stop over for an hour on our way home to Raleigh back on Thursday, March 9th. We've been here at this airport before and It was busy as expected being a hub. This airport has proper signs to get you to your respective gates or baggage claims area. It does have enough... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know you've heard it before, but the shoe shine in terminal A is KILLER! Make time to stop by. They are very nice and professional.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun place to go have a picnic on nice spring or summer day. Especially if you enjoy watching the planes take off and land. It can be loud for small ears.

Thank Kelley C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I frequently visit the overlook for spotting. It's too bad American does not bring more variety into the Charlotte airport. You will see CRJ after CRJ and A320 after A320. Try to go when the airport is departing to the south as you will get a much better view of the traffic. Location wise this is one of the best... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a large area adjacent to the largest runway section of the airport. Depending on the day and time, one can see the largest planes in passenger use in NC from this spot. There seems to be a regular crew of people that meet at the overlook, equipped with their equipment of hear the information from the control tower.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

CLT is one of a few American airports with a completely free, open-to-the-public, open-air, park-and-watch flight observation lot that is only a football field from a heavily used runway (no. 3). Often the wife and I will stop here on the way back from the mountains after picking up some dinner in Belmont. Nothing like some jet wash for dessert... More 

Thank Mike B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

This spot is located at the end of one of the runways and is not really ideal. There is not any real specific parking area and just a fence at the end of the runway to protect the on lookers. Wish the airport would upgrade the area with better parking, lighting and maybe some picnic tables. Right now this is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I always like to have Starbucks Coffee at the airports. I'm very glad that this airport has it, even in the foaie. The work of the professional staff at the airport is good. Their services are quick. People work smiling and being polite. If I have choice I would always prefer to travel through this airport .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I fly out of CLT about once a month and sometimes it's just fun to watch the planes come and go. The airport overlook at CLT is a very popular spot to watch takeoffs and landings. Plenty of parking and good views from the car or have a picnic on one of the picnic tables. They did a great job... More 

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