Sightseeing in Gastonia

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Drawing from the more frightening pages of the area's history, Carolina History & Haunts? guides lead lantern-lit tours of eerie and haunted locales. The ?Nightmares Around Elm Street? tour sends groups through the specter-laden streets of Greensboro, while the Beyond the Grave tour braves uptown Charlotte?s paranormal avenues to learn the fates of the less fortunate and possibly even witness a prankster ghost grabbing a dog's tail as it's chased.

Carolina History & Haunts partners with local businesses to give tour goers discounts on accommodations and food, and large groups are eligible for discounted pricing and private tours.

214 N Tryon St.
Charlotte,
North Carolina
US

The world's very first working airplane took flight at Kitty Hawk, making North Carolina a natural place to explore the world of aviation. Almost the entire story of flight unfolds here at Carolinas Aviation Museum, from the development of commercial and military planes to privately owned wax-and-feather wings. It's not all about the technology, either?the museum places heavy emphasis on the human stories behind these marvels of engineering, including heroic Vietnam War veterans.

  • Don't Miss: the "Miracle on the Hudson," the US Airways plane that Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely emergency-landed in New York City's Hudson River in 2009
  • Size: a 40,000-square-foot hangar with an active ramp area that allows visitors to take guided tours of the planes
  • The Building: though the visitors' area is in a newer hangar, the original building?the first commercial hangar in Charlotte from 1938?can still be seen across the runway
  • Eye Catcher: once the fastest plane in the world, there are only two D-558-1 Skystreaks still in existence, and one is here at the museum
  • Permanent Mainstay: it might not be the flashiest plane at the museum, but no trip here would be complete without seeing the original breaker of gravity's bonds, the Wright Flyer
4672 First Flight Dr
Charlotte,
NC
US

Though admission is always free, the Contemporaries-level membership provides invitations to special events and parties and includes discounts on ticketed events. Housed in a historic church, the McColl provides feast after ocular feast. ZipStir, a current exhibition, features installations by Hong Seon Jang and Jonathan Brilliant. Jang's work displays the connectivity of the world using US zip codes and plastic zip ties, and Brilliant crafts patterns out of consumer materials such as coffee stirrers.

721 N Tryon St
Charlotte,
NC
US

Art bursts around every corner of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Swiss architect Mario Botta designed the intimate museum to showcase art in every arresting space and vista, including works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Max Ernst. The spiraling colors of the European perspective highlight the best of mid 20th-century modern art. The collection showcases the relationships the Bechtler family formed with the art community and the art that followed.

420 S Tryon St
Charlotte,
NC
US