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Today’s Groupon lets you or someone you know get to know the place you love to know and love. Take Queen City Tours’ 2.25-hour Daily City Tour and learn about Charlotte’s local history and culture from the perch of a comfortable, climate-controlled automobile.
Queen City Tours is the longest-running tour in Charlotte, and its Daily City tour is a small-group, personalized tour that goes places motor coaches and trolleys can’t go. The friendly guides can tell you the origins of the term Hornets Nest, how old Queen Charlotte was when she married King George III, how Charlotte became a major banking center, and pretty much anything you wanted to know about Charlotte’s 250-year history.
Visitors and natives who took the tour say the guides know more about Uptown, Dilworth, and Myers Park than an encyclopedia, but they’re a lot less boring and dusty (though, since they hide their truest emotions, they’re hard to read like an encyclopedia). See more than 75 sites with a 20-minute mid-tour stop for souvenirs and snacks (click here for a tour overview). It’s perfect for out-of-town guests or in-the-town pals. Plus, Queen City will pick you up and drop you off from any location in Uptown Charlotte.
Citysearchers give Queen City Tours five stars, and MerchantCircle reviewers give it four: > * Hubby and I have now taken the city tour twice and it’s become a must-do whenever friends or family are coming to Charlotte for the first time…We have lived here for several years, but we still learned a lot about the city we call home. – C. Lukowitsch, MerchantCircle > * I always learn something new and my group is always impressed and talks about the tour the rest of the day. My aunt and cousin went back to NY knowing a lot more about Charlotte than when they came. – Elaine Hillen, MerchantCircle > * I am a newcomer to the area and had taken the light rail, trolley, walking, and horse and buggy tours before coming across the Daily City Tour by Queen City Tours. After taking the tour I wished that I had discovered it earlier because I learned more in just over two hours than I learned on the other tours combined. – InettaJustice, Citysearch
Fake Facts to Avoid Being Fooled
Some tour guides working for other tour companies often repeat the same facts about the same places over and over again. In order to repel boredom, they may slip in fake facts. See if you can spot which facts are fake in regards to the following Charlotte landmarks:
The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
1. It is the country’s oldest dwelling.
2. Hezekiah and his wife, Mary, raised 10 children.
3. Hezekiah still roams the earth with a pair of cursed, ghost-revolvers purifying the land of evil.
James K. Polk Memorial
1. The log cabin home is a replica of the birthplace of America’s 11th president.
2. Visitors can take guided tours of the site.
3. If you look closely, the log cabin is actually a living statue made from very still dogs.
1. Confederate General Johnston surrendered to General Sherman at this site.
2. A permanent peace between the North and the South was negotiated here.
3. At the time of the surrender, the Civil War had been over for more than 40 years, not so for the war in General Sherman’s kidney.
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