The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, +1 704 568-1774, . M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Is a museum dedicated to the history of Charlotte. Located on the property of a prominent 18th-century homestead family, and features the original home and related buildings nearby. Offers guided tours of the historic sites as well as the modern museum building. Exhibits inside the museum are relatively small, but of exceptionally high quality due to its collaboration with the Smithsonian. $6 adults, $5 students and seniors, $3 children.
Eastland Mall. Once the largest mall in the state, Eastland has seen better days. Located in east Charlotte, it has reflected that area's decline from its upscale origins. Eastland is still generally a safe place to shop, but the experience has been made considerably less comfortable by negative press arising from gangs and robberies at the mall and surrounding area. However, there is hope on the horizon; a new transit hub located adjacent to the mall is expected to pump some life (and money) back into the area. Includes a movie theater that specializes in "G" and "PG" films; anchors are Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's Outlet and Sears.
Lang Van. 3019 Shamrock Dr. By far Charlotte's best-reputed Vietnamese restaurant. Located in an unassuming building on Shamrock Dr., this has become a quiet favorite among fans of Asian cuisine. The neighborhood is perfectly safe by day, but be alert if going for dinner.
Lava Java, 5724 E. WT Harris Blvd. Classy and chic, this is a good place for lunch or dinner as well as coffee. Reputed for its excellent desserts.