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Greensboro is a city in North Carolina. It is named after Nathanael Greene, a Patriot general who fought a battle here during the Revolutionary War. Population is about 250,000. The famous author William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, was born here. It can be sleepy and genteel but is enjoying a newfound reputation as a great place for young people. Downtown especially is experiencing a surfeit of bars, music venues and restaurants.

Get in

By plane

Piedmont Triad International Airport (IATA: GSO), [27] (PTI as the locals refer to it), has around 75 daily flights to most major hubs on the east coast.

By train

Greensboro is served by Amtrak [28] through J. Douglas Gaylon Depot downtown. The Piedmont/Carolinian makes daily stops in Greensboro and offers service from Charlotte to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The Crescent travels from New Orleans to New York City also serves Greensboro.

By car

Greensboro is served by four interstate highways, I-40 goes east-west, I-85 goes north-south, and when completed I-73 will go north to Michigan and south to Myrtle beach, and I-74 willl go north to Cinncinati and the Quad Cities. US highways 29, 70, 220, and 421 travel through Greensboro.

Get around

Greensboro offers public bus service through the Greensboro Transit Authority [29], but also provides 30 minute service on all 14 routes Monday through Friday from 5:15AM-6:30PM, and evening service every hour from 7:30PM-11:30PM with 7 buses with two or three combined routes running 'hourly'. On weekends, on Saturday from 6AM-10PM with evening service starting at 7PM until 10PM; however, the same evening service ran during the week and Saturday runs only from 6AM-6PM.

GTA also manages the Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) in cooperation with four universities- UNCG, NCA&T, Bennett College, and Elon University School of Law. HEAT bus fare is free for the students, faculty, and staff of these institutions with proper ID. All other riders must pay the regular GTA bus fare.

Piedmont Area Regional Transportation (PART)[30] provides bus service between several cities around Greensboro, including but not limited to High Point, Winston-Salem, Mt Airy, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheboro, Lexington. For details on route schedules and prices you can check the website.


  • Take a look around the campus of UNC-Greensboro [31]. Good people watching and Weatherspoon Art Museum [32] is fun on a rainy afternoon.
  • Visit the site of the historic Woolworth's Sit-In, a landmark in the 1960s civil rights movement. Elm Street south of Market, downtown.
  • Take a walk through Fisher Park, a 100-year old neighborhood surrounding a central park. Elm Street north of Fisher Avenue, downtown.


  • The International Civil Rights Center and Museum [33] - "The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, which served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. The Museum complex includes 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and is located in the historic 1929 F.W. Woolworth building in Greensboro, N.C."
  • Greensboro Historical Museum [34]. - A nice way to spend an afternoon, the Greensboro Historical Museum has excellent collections on the city's varied history including a collection of Civil War weapons and artifacts. It also has a large number of exhibits for children. Free admission. Closed Mondays.
  • Blandwood Mansion [35]. - Greensboro's National Historic Landmark home of Governor John Motley Morehead, and America's oldest Tuscan Villa residence. Features period furnishings, art, and rose gardens. Open to public tours.
  • Natural Science Center of Greensboro and the new Animal Discovery Zoological Park [36]. - A natural history museum geared towards children with many interactive exhibits and a small but excellent zoo. The museum features geology, paleontology, and astronomy exhibits among others and the zoo houses everything from reptiles and farm animals to tigers and monkeys.
  • Greensboro Cultural Center at Festival Park
  • War Memorial Auditorium - Home of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and the Greensboro Pops
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park [37] Old Battleground Rd in North Greensboro. A beautiful park with jogging/bike trails, a small visitors center, and interesting information on the revolutionary war battle that occurred there. There is also a yearly reenactment of the battle on the weekend closest to March 14th.
  • Grasshoppers Baseball Game at First Horizon Park- If it's baseball season and the Hoppers are at home you will regret not going to a game. The team built one of the newest and most beautiful ballparks in the southeast. There are areas for children and seating on the grass, in the stands, boxes, and standing at the huge outdoor bar by left field. Thursdays are extremely packed due to the cheap beer and you may want to consider that (although usually only the bar area is shoulder to shoulder). The atmosphere is very family oriented and easily accessible as the park is downtown. Parking can sometimes be a problem but if you're willing to walk 10 minutes then free parking is not a problem.
  • Hit the Lakes- Lake Brandt, Lake Higgins and Lake Townsend all offer canoeing and kayaking, Lake Higgins also allows fishing
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum, 500 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27412, (336) 334-5770, [1]. The Weatherspoon Art Museum is located at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the southeast with a focus on American art.
  • Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, 606 S. Elm Street, [2]. Elsewhere is a living museum and international artist residency set in a three-story former thrift store. Open to public tours Wednesday to Sunday, April to November.


  • Downtown. There are a number of unique shops along South Elm Street downtown, including numerous art galleries, boutiques and cafes.
  • Four Seasons Town Center, [38]. An indoor 3-story mall adjacent to Koury Convention Center offering over 180 stores and restaurants anchored by Belk, JC Penny's and Dillard's. Be aware that there has been a sharp rise in crime around the mall in recent years including car theft due to its proximity to the highway. Use common sense and stay safe.
  • Friendly Shopping Center, [39]. A 75-acre open village shopping center with over 1 million square feet of stores, it is anchored by Belk, Macy's and Sears and offers more local stores than the mall. Next door to Friendly Shopping Center is their new addition: The Shops at Friendly Center. Stores include REI, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Coldwater Creek and more. Restaurants include P.F. Chang's, Flemings's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Ben & Jerry's, and Mimi's Cafe. The large Harris Teeter grocery store offer hot bars, pizza, sushi and a great salad bar.


  • Crafted, 219-A S Elm Street, +1 336 273-0030, [3]. 11AM-9:30PM Tu-Th, 11AM-10PM F-Sa. "We are not a Mexican restaurant. We are a taco joint." Great vegetarian/vegan options. Creative made-from-scratch tacos. Drinks are served in mason jars.
  • Dame's Chicken & Waffles, 301 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, +1 336 275-7333, [4]. Dame’s is where crispy, Southern fried perfection meets deliciously sweet European decadence. Vegan, sweet potato, and gingerbread waffles are available.
  • Europa Bar & Cafe, 200 N Davie Street #15 (next to the Cultural Arts Center), +1 336 389-1010. 11AM-2AM M-F, 11AM-1AM Sa-Su. Popular for Sunday brunch and Wednesday wine specials.
  • Fishbones, 2119 Walker Avenue (Walker Ave & Elam Ave), +1 336 370-4900, [5]. A casual kitchen and pourhouse. Serving house-crafted entrees using only the highest quality seafood available and the freshest produce daily.
  • Hops Burger Bar, 2419 Spring Garden Street, +1 336 235-2178, [6]. 11AM-2AM. Certified Angus Beef burgers, craft beers, & locally grown ingredients.
  • Lindley Park Filling Station, 2201 Walker Ave (Walker Ave & Elam Ave), +1 336 274-2144, [7]. 11AM-12AM. A brunch menu is offered Sundays from 11AM to 3PM.
  • Lucky 32, 1421 Westover Terrace, +1 336 370-0707, [8]. American Southern Cuisine rooted in the Piedmont, served in an upscale environment.
  • Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co., 345 S Elm Street, +1 336 274-1373, [9]. Family-friendly dining on the first floor, taproom with pool table on the second floor. Nice outdoor seating. Just beware of the noise when a train is going by. There is also a third floor loft for private events.
  • Nazareth Bread Company, 4507 W Market Street, +1 336 285-6096, [10]. 10:30AM-9PM M-Sa. A Middle Eastern restaurant and wholesale bakery that serves a variety of delicacies.
  • Pho Hien Vuong, 4109 Spring Garden Street, +1 336 294-5551. 11AM-9:30PM. Greensboro's most obvious choice for Vietnamese food.
  • Saffron Indian Cuisine, 1500 Mill Street #104, +1 336 574-3300, [11]. Popular lunch buffet. Go on Sundays for the mimosas.
  • Smith Street Diner, 438 Battleground Ave, +1 336 379-8666, [12]. Popular country style diner with HUGE biscuits.
  • Stamey's Barbeque, 2206 High Point Road, +1 336 299-9888, [13]. 10AM-9PM M-Sa. BBQ since 1930. They offer a very basic menu that includes Lexington style BBQ and all of the standard Southern sides. Check out the pictures on the wall of when George W. Bush visited here.
  • Sticks and Stones Clay Oven Pizza, 2200 Walker Avenue (Walker Ave & Elam Ave), +1 336 275-0220, [14]. Locally-sourced pizzas named after Ryan Adams' songs. Great selection of beers.
  • Sushi Republic, 329 Tate Street, +1 336 274-6684, [15]. Enjoy your sushi in a trendy and modern atmosphere right next to UNCG.



  • College Hill Sundries, 900 Spring Garden St, +1 336 370-1372. A popular dive bar a couple of blocks away from UNCG. $1 domestics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Karaoke on Saturday nights.
  • Jake's Billiards, 1712 Spring Garden St, +1 336 373-1303. 11AM-2AM. Pool hall with dozens of beers on tap, good eats (including brunch on weekends), ample outdoor seating, and big screen TVs.
  • Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co., 345 S Elm St, +1 336 274-1373, [16]. 11AM-12AM M-W, 11AM-2AM Th-Sa, 12PM-12AM Su. Grab one or twelve of the beers on tap upstairs where there are is pool and darts or find a place outside to sit on nicer days.
  • Old Town Draught House, 1205 Spring Garden St, +1 336 379-1140, [17]. 11AM-11PM. Bar with a Natty Greene's vibe in the middle of UNCG campus.


  • Beans Boro, 2604 Horse Pen Creek Rd, +1 336 285-6589, [18]. 7AM-9PM M-F, 8AM-9PM Sa, 8AM-8PM Su. Greensboro's only FTO micro in-store roaster. They've got cold brew coffee and local treats.
  • Coffeeology, 423 Tate St, +1 336 274-7282, [19]. 6:30AM-11:30PM M-F, 7:30AM-10PM Sa-Su. In addition to coffee, they have a selection of paninis, crepes, breakfast items, and gelato.
  • The Green Bean, 341 S Elm St, +1 336 691-9990, [20]. 7AM-10PM M-W, 7AM-11PM Th-Sa, 9AM-10PM Su. Local art, local bites to eat, and live music on weekends. You can get vegan cream cheese with your bagel here and they also serve Red Espresso.
  • Tate Street Coffee House, 334 Tate St, +1 336 275-2754, [21]. 6:30AM-11PM M-Sa, 8AM-11PM Su. "Waking Up Greensboro." A college coffee shop with an affinity for jazz music. Eclectic interior.


  • Biltmore Hotel, 111 W Washington St, +1 336 272-3474, [22]. checkout: 11AM. Historic hotel in downtown Greensboro.
  • Dailey Renewal Retreat B&B, 808 Northridge St, +1 336 451-7742, [23]. Bed and breakfast with a wrap around porch in the Lindley Park neighborhood. Convenient to UNCG.
  • O. Henry Hotel, 624 Green Valley Rd, +1 336 854-2000, [24]. AAA Four Diamond Hotel located in central Greensboro by Friendly Shopping Center. Locally owned, features afternoon tea, free full breakfast.
  • Proximity Hotel, 704 Green Valley Rd, +1 336 379-8200, [25]. O. Henry Hotel's eco-friendly sister. Sustainable practices include water heated by 100 solar panels, huge windows with abundant natural light and plenty of fresh air circulating into guest rooms.
  • Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B, 114 S Mendenhall St, +1 336 370-1660, [26]. checkin: 3-8PM; checkout: 11AM. Charming bed and breakfast in Greensboro's College Hill neighborhood. Extremely convenient to UNCG.

Stay safe

Greensboro is a charming southern city but has its share of crime just like any other large area in the state. Common sense is your best friend; don't ever leave your car unlocked or with valuables visible. Walk in well-lit places at night, especially downtown. The South and East sides of the city are a bit rougher than the rest, and Lee Street in particular is rather sketchy. Best to drive through if you don't have specific business there. When going to places late night on High Point Road, be aware of your surroundings--this is one of the areas that has seen the most increase in late-night crime. Cops are everywhere and generally helpful but remember they are VERY serious about what they do.

Get out

  • Old Salem - Twenty-mile west drive to Winston-Salem for a recreation of Moravian life in the early 1800s. Try the Moravian cookies.
  • Seagrove - Forty-mile drive south to a community of more than 90 potters. All styles and price ranges available. Makes great Christmas gifts.
  • Hanging Rock State Park - Gorgeous mountain park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking trails with various levels of difficulty. Several waterfalls.

Routes through Greensboro
AshevilleWinston-Salem  W noframe E  HillsboroughChapel Hill
END  N noframe S  Asheboro
CharlotteHigh Point  W noframe E  HillsboroughDurham

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