Why Winston Salem

Located in the heart of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is a welcoming meeting destination with a history committed to reinvention and innovation. Named a Forbes’ Top 10 Best Downtown, Winston-Salem combines inspired cuisine, craft breweries, museums, culture, and shopping — all within a vibrant, walkable city center. With over 1,200 spacious, sophisticated downtown hotel rooms, our city is the perfect destination to safely host your next meeting or convention.



Regional MapWinston-Salem is perfectly situated between Raleigh (2 hour drive), Charlotte (1.5 hour drive), Atlanta (5 hour drive), and Washington D.C. (5 hour drive). Recent interstate upgrades add to the convenience, with downtown at the crossroads of Interstate 85, Interstate 77, Interstate 40, Salem Parkway (U.S. 421), and U.S. Highway 52. Three international airports are within two hours of Winston-Salem, adding to its convenient location.

  • 25 minutes from Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
  • 1.5 hours from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • 2 hours from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

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I can only imagine you hear this all the time, but I wanted to highlight Alex (Collins) and the incredible service and commitment she has put in to win my client’s business for Winston-Salem. Alex immediately contacted me to see what other information could help set your destination apart. She listened and then delivered.

– Tim Barrett, CMP, Director of Global Meetings, Destination South Meetings + Events

We have worked with the team at Visit Winston-Salem for a number of years and could not be more grateful for their support. The planning assistance and high level of customer service they offer are unparalleled, and they go the extra mile to make sure all the details are covered for your event. I’m confident in saying that our event would not be as successful without the help of Visit Winston-Salem!

– Susan Heiserman, DMA, Executive Director North Carolina Music Educators Association

ConventionSouth hit a home run with the Rendezvous South 2020 event in Winston-Salem. The quality of the event and the superb location was a home run, and Winston-Salem pulled out the red carpet for the attendees and it showed.

– David Bruce, MMP, HTS, Managing Partner, CMP Meeting Services

Our North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Conference was a wonderful success due to the expert planning and keen attention to detail extended by Visit Winston-Salem. They were competent, cooperative, considerate, and prompt with our attendees.

– Joyce Moser, Registration Committee Chair

We host national events at more than 20 locations each year… Winston-Salem is among the best.

– John David, CSEE, Chief Operating Officer American Bicycle Association, BMX Canada, USA BMX

Visit Winston-Salem not only met our expectations but exceeded them. From the bid process, hotel and venue negotiations, pre-event planning to event execution, they were with us from beginning to end, assisting us with whatever we needed. A truly great experience.

– Corinne Shigemoto, Director of Membership and Events, USA Judo

We wanted to thank you for all the time you spent helping us plan the Piedmont Airlines Flight Attendant Reunion! You were such a pleasure to work with. Thank you for the kindness that you have shown. This weekend will be a success partly because of you.

– Francesca Raycraft and Millie Newton, Reunion Planners