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Central North Carolina Travel Guide

Winston-Salem

Even in the heart of downtown, there's something not entirely modern about Winston-Salem. And that's a good thing. The second-largest city in the Triad blends the past and the present nicely, creating a pleasant and low-key place for both history-minded tourists and nose-to-the-grindstone businesspeople.

Two historical areas—Old Salem and Bethabara—celebrate the hardworking

members of the Moravian Church, a Protestant sect that arose in what's now the Czech Republic in the 15th century. For nearly a hundred years, starting in the mid–18th century, the Winston-Salem region was almost entirely populated by Moravian settlers. With its Colonial Williamsburg–like period reconstruction (and tasty, tasty cookies), Old Salem in particular shouldn't be missed, even if you have only an afternoon to spend here.

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