Smack dab in the middle of the state, the Triad is renowned as a hub for education, distribution and manufacturing. Three UNC System campuses and thriving private universities boast combined enrollments topping 50,000. Meanwhile, visitors enjoy wineries across the Yadkin Valley, the Old Salem settlement in Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, home to more than 1,600 animals. Then there’s Mount Airy, the small town that inspired The Andy Griffith Show.


  • UNC Greensboro
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
  • Elon University
  • High Point University
  • N.C. A&T State University, Greensboro
  • Guilford Technical Community College, multiple locations
  • Forsyth Technical Community College, multiple locations
  • Winston-Salem State University


  • North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro
  • International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Winston-Salem
  • Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro
  • Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy
  • Yadkin Valley Wine Country, Elkin
  • Kaleideum science and children’s museums, Winston-Salem


  • National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem, July-August
  • Wyndham Championship golf tournament, Greensboro, August
  • Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament, August
  • Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival, Elkin, September
  • Mayberry Days, Mount Airy, September
  • Carolina Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, September-October
  • Annual Barbecue Festival, Lexington, October
  • Autumn Leaves Festival, Mount Airy, October
  • Seagrove Pottery Festival Weekend, Seagrove, November


  • Aerospace and defense
  • Furniture
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Textiles
  • Winemaking


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The Triad

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