Greensboro is a large city in the state of North Carolina, around 65 miles northeast of Charlotte, the state capital. The city has had a significant role to play in American history since the time of the Civil War and also underwent rapid industrialisation in the late 19th century, a legacy which is still being felt to this day. Until recently, Greensboro had a reputation for being a sleepy kind of place, but has had a recent injection of youth, owing to its numerous universities and higher education colleges. Downtown Greensboro is known for having a plethora of bars, clubs and restaurants catering to a younger audience, while there are a few cultural venues springing up in response to this shift.
Greensboro is a fairly car-friendly city with a comprehensive road network. Something that’s mid-sized like a hatchback should be fine for driving in all parts of the city.
Driving in Greensboro
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Important things to note
There are four interstate highways serving the Greensboro area – The I-40, I-85, I-74 and I-73. None of these roads are toll roads.
The I-40 Interstate is best for getting to Downtown Greensboro, as it has a junction with Route 70, which heads north to the centre.
Surprisingly for a city of its size, traffic isn’t that big a problem in Greensboro, although the interstates experience the odd jam.
Highlights & Hotspots
Greensboro is home to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. It documents how the Civil Rights movement and similar campaigns worldwide have worked in trying to achieve equality through a range of interactive and informative exhibits.
If classical music interests you, the best place to catch a live performance in Greensboro is the War Memorial Auditorium. Here, you’re able to see the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and other classical groups perform to a packed house.
One of the coolest places in Downtown Greensboro is South Elm Street. Here, there are numerous art galleries, cafes, bars and boutiques owned and run by local people, all of which will offer you a window into the alternative side of the city.
If you want to go out and explore, Greensboro has numerous lakes within its city limits. Lake Brandt, Lake Higgins and Lake Townsend are three such lakes where you can go canoeing and kayaking. Lake Higgins is also good for fishing.
Piedmont Triad International Airport is the main airport serving Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. It is roughly seven miles west of Downtown Greensboro. At the moment, the airport only serves major cities in the US including New York and Chicago.
The airport can be reached via the I-40, which goes westwards to Route 68, which is Joseph M. Bryan Boulevard. The same road goes east onto Benjamin Parkway, which goes in the same direction to Downtown Greensboro.