January 1, 2024

Fun Ways to Tour Winston-Salem

Whether by two feet, two wheels, or even four hooves, there are numerous ways to explore Winston-Salem.

There's no wrong way to experience Winston-Salem. Whether you want to sample Southern foods, segway through historic sites, or hike up iconic peaks, Winston-Salem won't disappoint. Here are a few unique ways to enjoy the see the city while enjoying some sunshine this season.

Two women posing for a photo on a segway tour

Cruise Through Scenic Old Salem on a Segway Tour

Head out with Triad ECO Adventures on a Segway Tour through historic Salem. This 1766 Moravian settlement is one of our city’s most popular attractions. Thousands visit every year to experience the 18th and 19th-century traditions of these early settlers. While Triad ECO Adventures offers a variety of tours throughout the week, this special Old Salem tour is only offered on Mondays, Old Salem’s “day off,” creating a peaceful setting for your two-wheeled outing. Seek out the perfect fall foliage backdrop beside the towering maple trees found outside the 1771 Miksch House. Marvel at the fiery glow of the Gingko Tree in God’s Acre, a Moravian cemetery where rolling hills are dotted with identical white marble headstones. And don’t forget to swing by Winkler Bakery, one of the oldest operating bakeries in the country, which gladly serves up fresh-baked autumn treats.

Cycle the Salem Greenway

The 5.2-mile Salem Creek Greenway starts at the scenic Salem Lake and has multiple routes branching off to some of Winston-Salem’s top sites. Pedal your way to Quarry Park* or through downtown’s Innovation Quarter** while enjoying all of the big city amenities and small-town charm that our city has to offer. If you’re staying at the popular Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, complimentary bikes are included. *From Salem Greenway, hop off on the Peachtree Greenway and continue to Waughtown Connector, which takes you directly to the Quarry—one of the most popular skyline and foliage views in the city. **From Salem Greenway, take Long Branch Trail through Innovation Quarter where what used to be R.J. Reynolds Tobacco warehouses and smokestacks are now lofts, restaurants, breweries, and so much more.

 Llamas at Divine Llama Vineyards in Winton-Salemn
 Llamas at Divine Llama Vineyards

Take a Llama for A Vineyard Stroll

Where there’s wine, there’s…llamas? That’s the case for Divine Llama Vineyards! Located just 20 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, Divine Llama offers guided llama treks through trails on the 77-acre wooded estate. The curious, friendly, and ever-so-furry hiking companions can carry your gear before you enjoy a wine flight in the tasting room. Although Divine Llama is only open Thursday through Sunday, it’s near two other Yadkin Valley wineries—Cellar 4201 and Medaloni Cellars. Visit all three next time you’re in Winston-Salem over a weekend, or expand your reach and plan a vineyard tasting tour to even more nearby vineyards in the Yadkin Valley! Want to book your llama trek? Check out Divine Llama’s website to for more information and availability or email [email protected] directly to schedule.

Plot Your Way Up Pilot Mountain

Located just half an hour from downtown, Pilot Mountain* is part of a North Carolina state park. Known for its iconic peak—a perfect backdrop for pictures—Pilot Mountain offers miles of winding trails to take in a variety of views based on the season, from lush greenery in the spring and summer to the stunning colors of autumn. Choose your own adventure from beginner to advanced, whether hiking or biking. Rock climbing and rappelling are even allowed on portions of the park’s cliffs. If you make it to the summit, Pilot Mountain will reward you with striking long-range views of the entire region, including Sauratown and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fun Fact: The town of Pilot Mountain is best recognized as “Mt. Pilot” from The Andy Griffith Show.

bikers making their way around the Salem Lake Trail

Make Your Way Around Salem Lake

A short drive from all the action of downtown is Salem Lake, a hidden gem with endless ways to explore. Kayaks are available for rent from May-September, but private boat launching is available year-round. Take off on two feet (or two wheels) for a jaunt on Salem Lake Trail, a mostly shaded 7-mile trail that runs around the entire lake and connects to the larger Salem Creek Greenway system (featured above). You may even catch a glimpse of some equestrians taking a trot around since horses are allowed on this trail! Looking for some fun outdoor activities to get the kiddos excited about nature? Stop by the marina and ask about their children's programs and activities, including their exciting scavenger hunt that teaches kids (and adults) about local wildlife and native plants!

Snack Around Downtown on a Walking Food Tour

For many, the best way to experience a city is through its food. And if you aren't sure where to start, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours is happy to lead the way. The company offers multi-stop walking food tours through downtown and the West End neighborhood that introduce the restaurants and chefs making Winston-Salem a foodie hotspot. Tours last around three hours and cover around a mile in total. Currently, Taste Carolina is offering brunch-themed tours with drink pairings each Saturday as well as private/group tours that can be arranged any day or night. For more details, including costs and FAQs, visit Taste Carolina's website.

Cheers in downtown

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, a visit to Winston-Salem is a must any time of the year. Share pictures from your next escape on Facebook @VisitWS or Instagram @VisitWinstonSalem or use the hashtags #VisitWS #WinstonSalem