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Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

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Address: 7300 Old Dowd Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
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An inexpensive way of getting your mind off the flight you just missed.

This summer (2016) the airport was under major reconstruction; apparently all Southwest Flights were canceled for two days; storms grounded hundreds (if not thousands) of flights... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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San Rafael, California
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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This summer (2016) the airport was under major reconstruction; apparently all Southwest Flights were canceled for two days; storms grounded hundreds (if not thousands) of flights along the eastern half of the continental United States, and although TSA performed admirably in most situations, there were the occasional "choke points" where the absolute lowest priority appeared to be expediting the smooth... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I hear so many people say they ":LOVE" Charlotte Douglas Airport. I don't get that. I don't love any airport but little Charlotte does have its perks and small airport comforts - the overlook being one of them.

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Kortrijk, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You don't get lost here. Shopping offer rather limited. Would be great to have a direct flight to brussels.

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Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I actually saw a plan abort a landing because a plane on the run way was slow to take off. I would not have called it a close call the planes were at least a mile apart or more , but a plane on approach pulled up and did a hard left fly around because a plane taking off was... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With our hotel close by and a few hours to kill we decided to take our three kids 5, 3 and 11 months to this overlook and it did not disappoint! Watching one plane after another take off and land kept the kids entertained the whole time. I really was surprised how close you were to the runway. Very impressive!

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Trussville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed watching the planes take off. We got there after dark. There were plenty of people there so we felt safe. I would like to do during the day also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My step-dad introduced me to this spot when I was younger and it is interesting if you're in to watching airplanes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is just a parking lot close to the airport where you can watch the airplanes taxi and take off. Since a plane takes off about every minute it is interesting. Charlotte is a very busy airport.

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King Nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I have time and am in the Charlotte area, and have my camera with me, I take time to visit this area. It is located at the end of runway 18C, and is always a great area to observe and photo aircraft.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to kill a moment waiting to pickup a passenger or for a nice view of the city's skyline and the airport traffic on the taxi- and runways. picnic tables, patrolled by CPD, and closes at 1030 pm.

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