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Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

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Address: 7300 Old Dowd Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
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The number of flights you see depends on the time of day!

This is a fun place to go with kids if you want to see a lot of planes take off. Last time we went, we saw at least 15 planes taxi and take off. The time before that we saw only... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathi B
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun place to go with kids if you want to see a lot of planes take off. Last time we went, we saw at least 15 planes taxi and take off. The time before that we saw only four or five. Depends on when you go. There doesn't appear to be any outdoor lighting so I would... More 

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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this airport from Scotland in the UK to Tulsa OK and back again. The most intresting thing about this airport is the white rocking chairs which were great for when waiting on our flight but the highlight of our visit was the lovely man at the coca cola 600 cafe when we were waiting to get a flight... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

New construction at airport made routing interesting-nothing like a good scavenger hunt! Could not see many flights take off or land from our gate.

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Springfield Mo
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87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without a doubt, the organization and management of this place is by far one of the worse i have been to. And i travel extensively. From the lack of organization, to the lack of empathy on behalf of everyone we encountered. My wife and i were amazed at the amount of people running thru the place. mini marathons. The worse... More 

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Thank jteal
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57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Airport by far is the one of the worst I have been in. Moving people through the terminals is chaos! As a hub for American Airlines they need to up the game and get into the 21st century. The "free" wi-FI only takes you to boingo and no farther unless you have a purchased subscription.

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Thank Roy and Heidi D
Texas
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82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It changed a lot since the last time I saw it. Much more parking available, as well as the convenience of having the car rentals right outside.

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Doral, Florida
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72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charlotte used to be one of my favorite airports. Growth, however, has made walking from C17 to D10, for example, very difficult when facing even a moderately short layover time. Planners need to look far ahead and address this now, before it is too late. Second, bathrooms are far too small for the volume the airport handles now. And... I... More 

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Thank Frank R Mr C
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to watch planes taking off and landing. This is a gravel parking lot with some shaded areas that have picnic tables. The view of the planes is great. I did not see any restroom facilities.

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Thank Terry B
Akron, Ohio
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This airport is a smaller airport than the large cities across the USA. They offer many flights at affordable prices especially if you book through TripAdvisor. Navigating the airport is fairly easy because of all the signs. The carpet on the floor helps keep the noise down.

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Thank Gina H
North Carolina
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a fun thing to do on a beautiful spring day. There are some picnic tables and benches or you can just park and watch the planes land and take off.

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