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- Dixie Classic Fair
- Pride Festival and Parade
- Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair
- Festival of Lights
- The Nutcracker
- RiverRun International Film Festival
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- Getting Here
If, while studying a map of North Carolina, you take just a moment to focus on the middle of the "Tar Heel State," you are bound to find Winston-Salem. Look at little closer, and you'll see we're conveniently located at the crossroads of major thoroughfares of Interstate 85, I-77, I-40, Business 40 and Highway 52. If you're wondering where that puts us in the "miles from" category, well, we're about 144 miles east of Asheville, 329 miles north of Atlanta, 350 miles south of Washington, D.C. and just more than 100 miles west of Raleigh, N.C. Add that we are only about 1-1/2 hours from the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and it's quickly evident why visitors have discovered, we are a perfect drive destination for a quick getaway or a long weekend.
The central portion of the state is frequently referred to as the Piedmont Triad due to our prime location at the "foot" (Pied) of the mountains. Triad is a more familiar business and commercial reference due to our close proximity to neighboring High Point and Greensboro. This further explains the reason our major international airport, just 25 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, is named the Piedmont Triad International Airport (airport code is GSO). With approximately 64 non-stops flights serviced by five major airlines, Winston-Salem is also an attractive fly-in destination and a great start to a wonderful North Carolina excursion.
Whether still in pre-planning mode or even once you're here, we invite you to use this website to easily navigate your way through Winston-Salem as directions and maps to most of the attractions, restaurants, and hotels are just a click away.
Business 40 Improvement Project
As Winston-Salem's downtown continues to be a thriving urban hub, the 1.2-mile stretch of Business 40 that runs through downtown is underway for structural improvements and overall beautification. The three-year project, spearheaded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is a multi-phased project is slated for completion Spring 2020. The finished project will offer travelers safer roadways in and out of Winston-Salem's bustling downtown, and add and improve pedestrian walkways through and around downtown.
While the 1.2-mile section of Business 40 between Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52. is closed, you can watch the construction progress, get interactive maps, find up-to-date road closure information and easy-to-navigate detour routes here.
Going to the Dash game? Follow the new traffic pattern that will lead you straight to BB&T Ballpark below.
The Dash’s 10th anniversary season at BB&T Ballpark will begin Thursday, April 11. As the organization prepares to celebrate this monumental milestone, the team has revealed new traffic plans to provide fans easy access to BB&T Ballpark. By taking advantage of the recommended traffic patterns below, fans can best avoid any delays in their normal ballpark commute.
The new BB&T Ballpark traffic map can be found here. The map includes step-by-step instructions for fans that are also outlined below:
From the North: Merge onto US-52 S. Take Martin Luther King Dr. and take a left onto Marshall St. until you get to Fifth St. and take a right. Follow Fifth St. to Broad St. and take a left. Take the Broad St. entrance on the right into the ballpark.
From the East (from Business 40 Westbound): Merge onto US-52 S. Take Research Pkwy exit. Turn right onto Research Pkwy. Turn left onto City Yard Dr. then continue on to Salem Ave. Take a right on Broad St. then crossover Business 40 Bridge. Take the Broad St. entrance on the left into the ballpark.
From the West: Merge onto I-40 E. Merge onto Business 40 E/US 421 S will come to an end at the Peters Creek Pkwy Exit, Exit 5A. Take Peters Creek Pkwy Exit and turn right at the light. Follow Peters Creek to Broad St. and take a right. Crossover First St. and then take the Broad St. entrance on the right into the ballpark.
From the South: Merge onto US-52 N. Merge onto I-40 W via Exit 109B. Take Peters Creek Pkwy exit, Exit 192. Turn left onto Peters Creek Pkwy for three miles. Take a right on Broad St. and crossover First St. Take Broad St. entrance on the right into the ballpark.
Alternate Routes to Bypass / Avoid Game Day Traffic
Traffic on First and Broad streets will be congested around BB&T Ballpark at rush hour when the Dash play at home this season. Visitors and downtown commuters needing to access Business 40 West from downtown are advised to use alternative routes to on game days to avoid delays (SEE MAP):
Using Sixth Street & Northwest Blvd. (Traveling West)
- Travel West on Sixth Street
- Turn right onto Broad Street and Northwest Blvd.
- Turn left onto Northwest Blvd. (Then see two optional routes from here)
- Option 1: Turn left onto Hawthorne Road to then merge right onto Cloverdale Avenue. Merge onto Business 40 West on your right.
- Option 2: Take Northwest Blvd to First Street. Turn Right onto First Street.
- Turn Left onto Stratford Road. Merge onto Business 40 Westbound on your right.
Using Research Parkway
From the East side of downtown, drivers are advised to take Research Parkway to Highway 52 South. Then merge onto Interstate 40 West.
We'd love to help you find your way to Winston-Salem, so please let us know if would like to receive additional information, directions and/or maps. And of course we always happy to mail you a complete visitor guide information packet, just give us a call or send us an e-mail!