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Grab a delegation of folks for this uptown stroll to sample Charlotte's past and present

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Between the parties and the politicking, you might want to stretch your legs and see some uptown sites during the Democratic National Convention. This two-mile walk will give you a feel for the place. For Charlotteans, it's a fine stroll for showing off the town to houseguests. We had to work around DNC-related street closings and other security issues, and keep in mind that last-minute changes could force a detour or two.

Start:

Trade and Tryon, The Square

The heart of uptown. Raymond Kaskey's bronze statues represent commerce, transportation, industry and the future.

Bank of America Plaza, 101 South Tryon St.

Inside Charlotte's tallest building at 60 stories, you'll find restaurants, shops, stores, and a Benjamin Long fresco in the lobby.

Charlotte's Visitor Information Center, 330 South Tryon St.

Stop here for maps and information about the area.

The Green, 435 S. Tryon St.

This grassy strip has a literature theme and features restaurants, a playful fountain and laid-back ambience.

Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. From 1837-1861, the first branch of the U.S. Mint operated on the corner of WestTrade Street and Mint Street uptown. In 1936, the U.S. Mint's operations moved and the building became the first art museum in North Carolina. The new museum is home to American and contemporary collections, and s well as craft and design, and a gift shop.

Charlotte Observer, 600 South Tryon St.

Come inside to check the Robert F. Kennedy photo exhibit in the lobby. The display features photos by photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose most famous photo was taken of then-Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy moments after his shooting in 1968.

Side note: Just beyond the Observer, you'll see Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint St., where President Barack Obama will speak Thursday night. The 73,778-seat stadium is home to the NFL Carolina Panthers football team. For Panthers gear, check out the team store off Mint Street.

Levine Avenue of the Arts, off South Church Street

Near the Mint Museum, walkers will find the Knight Theater and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which is dedicated to mid-century modernism and has a unique gift shop. Restaurants such as Mediterranean-style Levant, and Emeril Lagasse's E2 can also be found here.

Latta Arcade, 320 South Tryon St.

This building, which opens into a courtyard of small shops, was built 1914 by developer Edward Dilworth Latta and was used for grading cotton under the glass ceiling. Today, you'll find take-out and bistro options here.

Carillon Building, 227 West Trade St.

The tower features a 40-foot cascade art mobile created by artist Jean Tinguely, which is suspended above a fountain in the lobby.

Fourth Ward, 6th Street

From the 1850s to 1945, central Charlotte was organized into political wards. Find some of the city's oldest remaining architecture, with Victorian-era homes saved from demolition by a preservation movement starting in the 1970s.

Fourth Ward Park, 301 N. Poplar St.

Three acres of walking trails, water fountains and a playground.

The Dunhill Hotel, 237 North Tryon St.

This is one of North Carolina's Historic Hotels of America and one of the state's first luxury establishments. It opened in 1929.

Luski-Gorelick Center for Philanthropy, 220 N. Tryon St.

This Foundation For The Carolinas center is home to an extensive art collection.

Hearst Tower, 214 N. Tryon St.

The 46-story Hearst Tower is Charlotte's fourth-tallest building and is known for its art deco style and art gallery.

Finish: Trade and Tryon.

Distance: About 2 miles.

Penland: 704-358-6043; Twitter @Brittany Penland
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