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7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List By Visiting Winston-Salem, NC

7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List By Visiting Winston-Salem, NC

by: Neil Kleise

History, Art, and Culture. You get to experience all three and more when you visit Winston-Salem. Its rich and long history perfectly blends with the modern business and commerce hub that it is today. This makes it an easily accessible tourist destination as Airbnb vacation rentals in Winston Salem are very easy to book. In this article, we list down 7 things you can strike off your bucket list in this beautiful city.

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Visit the Old Salem Museums and Gardens

As a historic place, Winston-Salem has been very passionate about restoring and preserving its history and heritage for future generations. Because of this, the Old Salem Museums and Gardens was born.

What started in the 1950s by a group of volunteers, became a local effort to restore and preserve historic buildings and gardens located within the Historic District. Most of the homes are then transformed into museums and shops. They host several guided tours where knowledgeable guides let you learn more about the town’s history and culture. If you want to explore on your own, the district is also great for long leisurely walks

The shops also sell local delicacies where you and your friends get to taste amazing food. This is one of the management’s advocacies where they promote local food security through exploring various local dishes and recipes.

Enjoy a historical trolley tour around town

Take a literal trip down memory lane on board a charming trolley in downtown Winston-Salem. The Triad Trolley tour takes you on an exciting and educational tour of Winston-Salems downtown and its history.

The Jolly-Trolleys themselves⁠—quirkily named Col Winston, Miss Salem, and Katherine⁠—are full of charm and character adding to the ambiance. On the tours, you get to visit major historical landmarks of the area as well as the stories that came with them. Get to see the various historic architectural gems, famous spots, and locales with historical significance in the town. All these with the help of highly knowledgable and enthusiastic guides.

The trolleys are popular “party busses” as well and can be booked for various private events. This includes private tours, weddings, and many more.

Explore the city on an E-Bike

If you are looking for something more hands-on, why not try exploring the streets of Winston-Salem on an E-Bike. This is perfect for experienced cycling enthusiasts or casual riders who wish for a more active take while touring.

The guided tour lasts for about 2 hours on a sleek PEDEGO E-Bike. There are three prearranged routes to choose from. The Downtown Loop takes you on an exciting around the downtown area. Get to visit historic districts like the Old Salem and other notable spots. The Greenway Trail, on the other hand, lets you explore the serene nature away from the bustling city. Take a breezy guided tour to Salem College and the long Greenway dotted with parks and golf courses. Finally, we have the more relaxed E-Bike Picnic. A laid back biking experience around the city with a small picnic in the middle.

Segway Tour

If cycling through the city is not quite up to your alley, why not do it on a Segway? This awesome and unique modern mode of transport is surely something you wouldn’t want to miss. An eco-friendly and relaxed way to discover the beauty of downtown Winston-Salem.

The Segway tours are comprehensive yet laid-back narrated tours of the historic Salem downtown. Just like the e-Bike tours, the activity lasts up to 2-hours and goes through the many major historic spots. Beginners need not worry as there will be a safe coaching session indoors before the tour begins

Climb Pilot Mountain

For avid outdoor enthusiasts or just casual hikers who enjoy a bit of outdoor fun, check out Pilot Mountain. This striking mountain is actually what is called a monadnock. It is a native American word that means “lone hill or mountain”.

This iconic landform is known for the quartzite stump⁠—called Big Pinnacle⁠—that juts abruptly above a hill with a more gentle slope. This is the result of millions of years of erosion on the base exposing the sturdier quartzite underneath. There are several hiking trails up the slopes of Pilot Mountain making it a popular outdoor excursion in the region. The view at the Little Pinnacle view deck is one of the best vantage points in the area to date. The trails are not too technical but can be a bit of a challenge for newbies.

Go Food tripping

Winston-Salem is a city that stays true to its history and culture while being a visionary and a trailblazer. This is quite evident in all aspects of the city especially their food. Their food scene is a happy fusion of traditional sensibilities but filled with innovation and forward-thinking energy. Here are some of the best places to check out their amazing culinary heritage:

Located in the heart of Winston-Salem is the eye-catching Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro. The bistro showcases the best Southern cuisine classics. The restaurant itself is full of character with various murals and art pieces inside. Another popular spot is the District Roof Top Bar and Grille. The place offers classic American cuisines tweaked to suit vegan tastes. This and the quaint rooftop setting makes this a must-try in the city.

Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard

If you are looking for a fun and relaxing activity but in water, why not learn a new sport while at it? At Salem Lake, visitors can experience the serenity of the lake through a burgeoning sport called Standup Paddleboarding.

Standup Paddleboarding or SUP is a board sport that started in Hawaii. Like surfing, it uses a large board made of various materials to float on water. But instead of paddling with your hands, you get around using paddles similar to those used in kayaking. The sport is perfect for calmer waters like lakes and some rivers.

Triad Eco Adventures has an amazing Standup Paddleboarding experience in the area. Experienced and skilled instructors will teach you the basics of SUP until you get the hang of it. After the coaching sessions, you then go on a scenic tour of the lake to top it all off.

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