North Carolina has low-key climbed the tourism totem pole.
Where North Carolina once straddled the deep South and the mid-Atlantic has deftly taken its combination of mild weather, serene beaches, and adventure-filled mountains and turned itself into the California of the East. Luring young families, snowbirds, college students, and retirees to its lush pine forests and soft rolling hills.
That population has turned places like Raleigh, Asheville, Wilmington, and Durham into legitimate weekend destinations. Cities with character, history, and rich southern food that make for a relaxing getaway most times of year. But in the middle of North Carolina, long-overlooked Greensboro is quietly turning itself into North Carolina’s next great destination — taking its own nature, fascinating history, and creative culture to make a city worth visiting for a lot more than the ACC tournament. Here are seven reasons Greensboro needs to be on your radar.