If you love shopping, sightseeing, adventurous sports and horses then there is no better place to visit in the whole world than Greensboro, North Carolina. With more than 135 attractions, 500 restaurants and 87 accommodation choices, Greensboro is one of the most visited cities of North Carolina. Greensboro is the third most populous city in North Carolina and county seat of Guildford County. This amazing city is located among the hills of North Carolina Piedmont between Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. The history of Greensboro takes us to 1808 when this city was named Greensboro because of its greenery and the city covered a total area of only 42 acres. Just like other famous cities, Greensboro also saw its businesses shattering down during 1930′s great depression but in the 1990s, Greensboro fought back and today it is one of the most important economic hubs of the country. You will find more architectural miracles here than many other cities in North Carolina designed by local and international architects. It also has one of the highest literacy rates in the state and also known as the ‘Tournament Town’ because of many sports venues around the city.
Because of its location, Greensboro has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and no dry seasons. July is the hottest month with 88 degrees maximum temperature and January is the coldest with 27 degrees. The rainfall is quite common here and the city gets 44 inches of rain every year with 9 inches of snowfall. The summer season brings a lot of humidity and there are more than 220 days of sunlight per year. You can visit Greensboro at any time during the year but the recommendation is the spring season.
How to get here?
The nearest and serving international airport to Greensboro is Piedmont Triad International Airport which receives many major airline carriers like Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier, United, US Airways and more. The Airport is located just half an hour west of the city and is the third busiest airport in North Carolina. If you are coming to Greensboro from nearby cities then you can use J. Douglas Galyon Depot Bus and Train Service. From the Airport and other nearby spots you can easily get a rental car, cab, taxi or shuttle to reach and get around the city.
Accommodation and Food
There are more than 80 lodging options in the city of Greensboro from campgrounds and resorts to luxury hotels and budget motels. One of the most famous place is Extended Stay America located at Big Tree Way with 129 rooms, 3 suites and 3 efficiencies featuring private spa, health club, an outdoor pool and free internet. There is also a branch of Extended stay at Thorndike Road with 84 rooms and 84 suites. Other good options include Howthorn Suites by Wyndham with 120 rooms and 20 suites, Studio 6 with 128 rooms and Suburban Extended Stay at Landmark Center Boulevard with 133 rooms and 10 suites. In budget options there is Burke Manor Inn, Dailey Renewal Retreat Bed and Breakfast, Georgia Belle Inn, Groome Inn, Haynes Bed & Breakfast, Twin Lakes Lodge and Walnut Lane Bed & Breakfast.
You have more than 500 dining spots to chose from in Greensboro with all types of international tastes. One of the best restaurants featuring seafood is Seafood Grille, located at West Friendly Avenue with great service. Other famous places include Acropolis Restaurant featuring Greek & Mediterranean cuisine, Akashi and Arby’s featuring tasty fast food, Backdoor Bar and Grill featuring American cuisine and some great cocktails, Carolina’s Diner and Caribba’s Italian Grill with delicious Italian food, great pastries and snacks at Chessecakers by Alex, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, Elizabeth’s Pizza, Jack’s Corner Mediterranean Deli and Jade Chinese Restaurant featuring some luring Chinese food.
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is a park exhibiting the Battle of Guilford Court House which was fought in 1781. It is located on New Garden Road and you will feel the intensity of the 2.5 hours of brutal fighting by 4500 American militia led by Major General Nathanael Greene. There are 28 sculptures in the park and a huge statue of General Nathanael Greene which takes away all the attention from other things in the park. Other attractions in the park are Colonial Hertiage Center and Nathanael Greene Library which is open to public by appointment only.
Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe
Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe is a theme park of Wet ‘n Wild chain of water parks, located on S Holden Road of Greensboro. It is the largest water park in North Carolina and features over 36 rides, Splash Island, Happy Harbor which are specially designed for kids. The main attraction of the park are rides and slides like Bonzai Pipeline, Double Barrel Blast, Daredevil Drop, Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, Dragon’s Den and Raging Rapids. The ticket price for adults is $35.99 with unlimited rides but you can also buy the Priority Season Pass for $100, which gives you unlimited admission for the season, free parking, 20% discounts on food & retail and many other amenities
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a sports complex located on W Lee Street of Greensboro and it is used for athletic events, cultural arts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, concerts, conventions, convocations, trades and consumer shows. It is also the venue of WWE Smackdown and has the seating capacity of more than 23000 fans. There is also the War Memorial Auditorium with 2400 seats, Odeon Theatre, the 167000 square foot Events Center with three exhibition halls and a mini arena with 4500 seats. This complex holds more than 850 events in a year and has become the economic landmark of Greensboro.
Other Attractions in Greensboro include the Bog Garden, International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Triad Stage, Carolina Theatre of Greensboro and many more.