Stumbled on this list of the Best Places To Stand in the US.
Oddly, it doesn't mention the old abandoned Upton's near Eastland Mall (above), or anything along Independence Boulevard. Not even a peep about Dee-Dee Harris' lingering grass-covered crater at Park and Quail Hollow roads.
Or sights from the observation decks atop the bank towers uptown. Oops. There ARE no observation towers. It doesn't add anything in Charlotte. Hmmm. If only we'd taken the late cartoonist Doug Marlette's advice and at The Square uptown, instead of those insipid statues, installed the Eternal Barbecue Pit.
My two-cents-worth: The list needs more attention to the North Carolina treasures. Cape Hatteras lighthouse comes in at No. 90. I'd rank it higher than – dare I say it? – Graceland. And definitely above the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, though I confess I haven't visited that one.
My favorite place to stand in North Carolina: Atop the Art Loeb Trail (the Tennant Mountain peak) near Shining Rock Wilderness, off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard. If you want your heart to expand with gladness that you're alive, that would be the spot. Another fave is a view from a peak in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.