Join fellow Exchangites and guests as you explore Greensboro during convention week. These special tours include round-trip transportation, escort, all applicable admission fees and taxes. Listed times indicate when tours depart from and arrive at the convention hotel. Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of guests are not reached. Sign up for tours with the Convention Events Registration Form or on the Exchange Market. Tour reservations are due by June 21. Optional tours will not be available for purchase on-site. Check www.nationalexchangeclub.org for the latest information on national convention.
One of the most authentic living history towns in the country. Old Salem is a restored German Moravian congregation town founded in 1766, where the past lives again. You will walk streets virtually unchanged in more than 200 years. Costumed interpreters re-enact how ordinary people lived, worked and worshipped. This is a self-guided walking tour, covering about four short blocks. The streets and sidewalks are uneven, so please wear comfortable shoes!
Gaw-aw-lee! Enjoy a fun-filled trip to the area made famous by Andy Griffith and friends. Visit Floyd’s barbershop, the courthouse, jail and Wally’s service station. A variety of establishments for lunch on your own. You may want to choose Snappy’s, the oldest eating establishment in Mayberry (opened in 1923). It is the home of the famous pork chop sandwich, mentioned often on the Andy Griffith show. Also included in the itinerary are three wineries for tours and tastings—Old North State, Shelton and Childress vineyards.
Visit Greensboro Historical Museum, where you will discover diverse exhibits including: Welcome to Gate City, Jug Town Pottery and the Murphy confederate firearms collection archives. Also view artifacts related to prominent residents, such as David Caldwell, First Lady Dolley Madison, Governor John Motley Morehead, author O. Henry and others. This is a guided tour.
The other stop on this tour is the International Civil Rights Center & Museum/Sit In Movement Inc. The Woolworth building is where four North Carolina A&T State University students envisioned and carried out a lunch counter sit-in on February 1, 1960 in downtown Greensboro. This event ignited the 1960 National Civil rights Sit-In Movement. This is a guided tour.
Come to Charlotte Motor Speedway and take a behind-the-scenes look at the garages where decisions are made that make or break a team’s chance for victory. Visit pit road, experience the full-tilt sensation of the 24-degree banks as you take a guided tour ride around the 1.5 mile oval track (Don’t forget your camera!). Visit Winston Souvenir Gift Shop, Hendrick Motorsports Museum & Team Store, home for Kasey Kahne #5, Jeff Gordon #24, Jimmie Johnson #48, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88.
A stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame will provide fun and excitement, with 150,000 square feet of history, nearly 1,000 artifacts and 50 hands-on exhibits. Experience tire-changing stations and realistic race simulators (one ride included in tour price). Also enjoy lunch at the Pit Stop café (lunch included in tour price) located in the hall.
Take a tour of Seagrove, known as the “Pottery Capital” with more than 90 potteries in the area. Stop at several potteries and learn the history of each potter's shop and how pottery came about in Seagrove.Wear comfortable walking shoes. Lunch will be on your own at Westmoore Restaurant.
Visit Replacements, Ltd., with the world’s largest selection of old and new dinnerware, including china, stoneware, crystal, glassware, silver, stainless and other collectibles. This 500,000-square-foot facility (the size of eight football fields) houses an incredible inventory of 13 million pieces in more than 383,000 patterns, some over 100 years old! Tour includes a guided behind-the-scenes tour.