Greensboro, NC

Destination Location

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Overview

Ideally nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast, Greensboro boasts gently rolling hills and a mild climate – perfect for visiting any time of year. Located in the middle of North Carolina's scenic heartland, “where the mountains meet the coast”, Greensboro welcomes you to a remarkable mix of relaxation and entertainment. The city's visitor's bureau boasts of Greensboro's "village within a city" atmosphere, highlighting world-class golf, a modern cultural district, boutique and antique shops, and a wealth of restaurants.

Named in honour of the revered Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene, Greensboro is a town teeming with rich history and a vibrant present in the center of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. American history buffs won't want to miss their opportunity to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The memorial site commemorates the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, a strategic and important battle on the road to defeating the British in the American War of Independence. From Revolutionary War sites to antebellum plantations and Underground Railroad depots, Greensboro is steeped in history, offering visitors a chance to learn about the integral role this city played in building the foundation of the United States. Step back in time and spend a few hours at the Heritage Center, which chronicles the birthplace of Civil Rights activists, or enjoy a lazy day touring an area plantation such as the Mendenhall Plantation. But it's not all history in this city, as Greensboro is filled with present-day outdoor activities. Hiking and biking are very popular, especially around the Bog Garden, an elevated boardwalk meandering through an array of wetland trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and wildlife - perfect for any visitor looking to take in the city's natural beauty.

The Barn-Dinner Theatre, deemed one of America's oldest dinner theatres, welcomes guests to enjoy theatre in the round while enjoying on a remarkable meal, sure to complete an evening out. Whatever your choice--shopping, theater, history - you're sure to find something in this burgeoning North Carolina city.

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Destination basics

While maintaining a relatively mild climate year round, Greensboro is still visited by all four seasons. Summers are hot, temperatures reach 30-35 C (87-95 F) in July and August with temperatures heating up as early as June. Expect some thunderstorms on hot afternoons. Winters are mild, with temperatures between 4-10 C (40-50 F). Spring and Autumn are the most exciting months. Nature’s best and brightest colours are on display and the changing foliage creates a visual spectacle in the Fall. Temperatures slowly descend to 23-26 C (73-78 F).

Everywhere you look, Greensboro offers an abundance of great venues for dining and drinking. From the casual night out to the finest in romantic dining, this is definitely a town that is perfect for those with an empty stomach and an enthusiastic palate. Whether your taste is for Lowcountry cuisine, local favorites, or high-class dining, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Downtown

Looking for a casual night on the town with a rowdy group of friends? Downtown Greensboro is where you want to be. Try the specialty pizzas at Mellow Mushroom along with one of their 32 draught beers. A vegan and vegetarian-friendly establishment, this popular pizza joint has diverse offerings for diverse crowds. Or for some tasty pub fare, try the nearby M'Coul's Public House. An Irish pub with attentive staff and a laid back atmosphere, this is a great place to satisfy late-night cravings. Still haven't had enough to drink? Head over to Natty Greene's to sample some of their fine pub food or one of their own freshly-brewed beers. During lunch Bistro 40 in the Greensboro Marriott Downtown is the perfect place for business travelers to hammer out a deal over fine American cuisine.

West Greensboro

West Greensboro is the home of the College Hill neighborhood, so visitors to this hip and vibrant section of the city are sure to be overwhelmed by the number of delicious dining options available. For a truly local taste, stop in at Yum-Yum Better Ice Cream to sample a genuine Carolina-style hot dog and a scoop of their homemade ice cream. Or for live entertainment and something a little more substantial, the Old Town Draught House is right next door. Located in the heart of the University of North Carolina campus, a stop at either of these student haunts will have you feeling like a local in no time. For a lighter bite as well as a cup of coffee, try the casual Coffeeology. A little farther west, Fat Dog Grille & Pub offers some of the city's best bratwurst, as well as pleasant patio dining. But for some truly Southern tastes, head over to Country Barbecue to try their Pork Tenderloin Biscuit; it's a little far from the city center, but well worth the drive.

North Greensboro

Great dining options abound in North Greensboro! For a variety of choices, from local restaurants to national chains, head over to Friendly Center, North Greensboro's largest shopping and dining destination. Another perfect option for family and informal meals is Elizabeth's Pizza, offering award-winning wood-fired New York-style pizzas that the whole family can enjoy. Looking for a place with a little more ambiance and a definite shot of class? Look no further than the Green Valley Grill, located next to the O.Henry Hotel, which offers both relaxed patio seating, as well as elegant indoor dining amidst Tuscan Revival architecture. But no matter where you choose to dine, be sure to check out Loco for Coco to savor an after-dinner chocolate treat. Run by a mother-daughter duo, the vast assortment of gourmet delights to be found here will satisfy even the most discerning chocolate enthusiast.

Full of history and culture, Greensboro has much to offer travelers who want to get away from the usual big city destinations. A major player in the history of the American South, Greensboro is a place where visitors can feel like locals in no time. From the storied Downtown, to the student life of the west side, to the more residential north, whether the goal is shopping, sightseeing, eating, or partying, this Southern hotspot is overflowing with great tastes and notable attractions.

Downtown

Centered around the intersection of Elm Street & Market Street, Downtown Greensboro has been the hub of city life since the city's founding in 1808. As a result, this area is packed with everything a visitor could want. For entertainment, the beautiful Carolina Theatre  is a popular venue for locals and tourists alike to take in a live performance or Hollywood classic, while surrounded by timeless Vaudeville architecture. Other options for a great night out include M'Coul's Public House and Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Company, both of which offer a fun and informal atmosphere to enjoy a bite or a pint with friends. For those on the lookout for a special and unique addition to their home décor, look no farther than South Elm Street, which is full of antique shops and art galleries like Artmongerz and Mary's Antiques. While downtown, also be sure to visit the majestic Blandwood Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, located in the old Woolworth's Building where the first lunch counter sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement took place in 1960.

West Greensboro

Home to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG), the west side of the city is full of local flavor. From the popular Yum-Yum Better Ice Cream - a local institution serving up rich, homemade ice cream and Carolina-style hot dogs - to the amazing biscuits, barbecue and pork tenderloin of Country Barbecue, there's an abundance of local eats to be had. For entertainment, look no further than Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus, which has been hosting internationally-known performers, speakers and artists since 1927. West Greensboro is also home to the massive Greensboro Coliseum Complex, which includes the Greensboro ColiseumPavilionSpecial Events Center, exhibition halls and more, featuring over 850 events annually.

North Greensboro

A mainly residential part of the city, North Greensboro offers an abundance of chances to shop, dine, or simply enjoy the city's native beauty. Friendly Center is home to a vast number of well-known retail outlets, while the nearby Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden is the perfect place for a quiet stroll. Or if fine dining is what you're after, try the Green Valley Grill, whose Tuscan Revival architecture and fine cuisine are sure to please. For accommodations, the elegant and locally-owned O.Henry Hotel is one of the finest in the city.

South Greensboro

Although there is not much sightseeing to do in South Greensboro, there are a few notable destinations that visitors should be sure to check out. For traveling professionals, the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center is located just south of Interstate 40, adjoining the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. Need to satisfy a craving to shop? Not a problem. Head right next door to enjoy the many shops and restaurants located at the Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro's only mall. There are also many restaurants and hotels located in this part of town along High Point Road, including the comfortable and accommodating Doubletree Greensboro.

Greensboro is a small, local's kind of town, but it lacks nothing in the entertainment department. Clubs, bars, concerts, live performances, quiet strolls through the natural splendor of North Carolina - this place has it all! In the College Hill neighborhood of West Greensboro alone, there are more than enough entertainment options to fill any visit, but travelers will find fun and excitement just about everywhere they look.

Nightlife

Greensboro definitely lacks the abundance of high-class, ultra-posh nightclubs one finds in the big city, but that doesn't mean there aren't any options for those that like to party late into the night. In Downtown Greensboro, it just so happens that all this and more is available at one stop on Elm Street! Whether you want a meal in the most refined setting, an artfully crafted cocktail, or a late night of dancing to great music, this is the spot. For those that prefer something a little more casual, then Natty Greene's Brewing Co. is a perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends, not to mention some great food and a wide selection of year-round and seasonal microbrews made in-house. Another great option is Old Town Draught House. Located amidst the beautiful UNC campus, travelers can rub elbows here with the student crowd, a bunch that definitely know how to have a good time.

Live Entertainment

As a college town, Greensboro is full of venues for every type and taste of live entertainment. For world-renowned shows, head straight to Aycock Auditorium on the UNC campus, where some of the greatest names in the arts come to perform. The Blind Tiger is another great spot for those looking to hang out with the city's spirited student population. One of Greensboro's most enduring concert venues, this local club is for those that like their music loud and late into the night. But for those looking to see a major sporting event, concert, or live performance, there is no better place than the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Home to the Greensboro ColiseumPavilionSpecial Events Center, exhibition halls and more, this massive complex hosts over 850 events annually.

Outdoor Activities

One of the greatest things about visiting any destination in North Carolina is the state's natural beauty, and Greensboro is no exception. The Tanger Family Centennial Garden in North Greensboro offers an immaculately landscaped setting for a quiet stroll, while the nearby Bog Garden can make it feel as if you have left the city behind for the rural beauty of the forest. But both of these possibly pale in comparison to the Greensboro Arboretum, which features 17 acres of immaculate gardens, including a butterfly garden, rose garden and walking trails. For an outdoor location with a little more in the way of activities, check out the Lake Brandt Watershed Park, where fishing, kayaking, canoeing and more are available. Located north of the city, the destination makes it more than worth the drive it takes to get there.

Greensboro

State: North Carolina

Country: United States

Greensboro By The Numbers
Population: 285,342 (city); 723,801 (metropolitan area)
Average Annual Precipitation: 42 inches / 107 centimeters
Average Annual Snowfall: 6 inches / 22.3 centimeters
Average January Temperature: 38.5°F / 3.6°C
Average July Temperature: 78.5°F / 25.8°C

Quick Facts 
Electricity: 110/120 volts, 60Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.

Time zone: GMT - 5 (GMT - 4 from first Sunday in April to Saturday before last Sunday in October); Eastern Standard Time (EST) 

Country dialing code: +1

Area Code: 336

Did You Know?
Greensboro has played a major role in the history of the American South. including being the site of the first lunch counter sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960.

A specific area on the campus of Guilford College is said to be where the Underground Railroad began.

Orientation
Greensboro is located in the north central part of North Carolina. It is only about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Winston-Salem and about 82 miles (132 kilometers) northeast of Charlotte.

Named for Revolutionary War Hero Nathanael Greene, who commanded the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in March 1781, Greensboro was established as the county seat of Guilford County in 1808. Built on a less than ideal site covered in water, forest and thick undergrowth, the location of the city was chosen not for practical reasons, but because of its close proximity to the geographic center of the county. The land on which the city was established was originally purchased for USD98, and consisted of a grid of only six intersecting streets (three running north-south and three running east-west) that have remained the city center to this day.

Greensboro's initial growth was slow, with a population of only 369 by 1828; however, industry soon played a major role in the city's early growth. This began with the building of North Carolina's first steam-powered cotton mill by Henry Humphreys in 1828. The wealthiest man in the city, Humphrey's mill operated just north of Courthouse Square, home to one of Greensboro's first civic buildings, then located at the intersection of Elm and Market streets.

The railroad was the next major contributing factor to the city's growth, when Governor Morehead chose the town for inclusion on a new line. With no major rivers running east-west across the state, this rail line was pivotal in expanding statewide commerce, and a key factor in the establishment of major textile mills throughout the region. The first train ran over this newly established line in 1856, and as a result, Greensboro experienced rapid growth, becoming known as the "Gate City" for its role as an economic hub. Many of the textile companies established at this time remained in the Greensboro area until the 21st Century, when many bankrupted, merged or moved elsewhere. Despite this, several are still headquartered in Greensboro, including VF Corporation, parent company to the Wrangler, Lee, North Face, and Nautica brands.

When the Civil War broke out, Greensboro joined the Confederate cause, although Guilford County did not vote in favor of succession. Relatively unharmed by the war from 1861-1865, Greensboro was notable as the last meeting place of the entire Confederate government on April 11, 1865. Following the end of the war, Greensboro was also where defeated Confederate soldiers stacked their arms and received their paroles before returning to their places of origin throughout the south.

Following the war, the city again experienced rapid industrial growth, with a large influx of businesses, including tobacco manufacturers, lumber plants, and metal foundries. The number of railroad lines running through Greensboro also continued to grow, resulting in the arrival and departure of sixty trains per day by 1891. By 1923, the city had expanded to an 18 square mile area with a population of more than 45,000.

Greensboro also played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, when four African-American students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College staged a sit-in at an all-white Woolworth's lunch counter on February 1, 1960. This was the first of what was to become a wave of sit-ins nationwide. The original lunch counter and chairs are still on display at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, located on Elm Street in the former Woolworth's building.

Today, Greensboro is the third largest city by population in North Carolina, a distinction it has held since 1923. Home to seven higher education institutions, including the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, culture and diversity continue to play a major role in city life today. Marked by its rich history as one of North Carolina's most significant cities, traces of the past can still be found throughout the modern city center, welcoming visitors and locals alike to explore everything that this centrally located hub of the South has to offer.

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