Winston Salem Travel Guide

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Winston Salem Overview

Winston-Salem, locally nicknamed Twin City, is in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Similar to the triangle area of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem is part of the 'Triad' along with Greensboro and High Point (known for the furniture market). You might think you've never heard of it, but you've heard of Winston cigarettes and Salem cigarettes, right? Well, this is where they come from along with Camel and other brands. Winston-Salem is also the home of Hanes the underwear company, Wachoiva Bank, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Texas Pete (not from Texas).

One unique part of Winston-Salem is its Moravian heritage. This can be witnessed in the Old Salem district, which is somewhat like Colonial Williamsburg. Moravian traditions can be seen the most during Christmas with Moravian stars, sugar cakes, cookies and the Candle Tea event.

Winston-Salem is the home to Wake Forest University, a prominent private liberal arts college with respected medical and law programs. Their athletic teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Winston-Salem State, Salem College and the North Carolina School of the Arts are also located here.

RJ Reynolds Tobacco has played a large part in the development of the city. Lovely Reynolda Gardens located adjacent to Wake Forest is part of the company's legacy.