Get out your selfie stick and grab your travel brochures, because May 5 through May 11 is National Travel and Tourism Week! For more than 30 years, the week has been a celebration of all the incredible opportunities there are to travel stateside.
And you wouldn’t believe how important inbound traveling is to our nation! Not only does inbound traveling produce a $69 billion trade surplus for America’s economy (yep, billion), but it connects our communities across the nation and reminds us of all the wonderful things so many people and towns in our country have to offer.
So this week, to help remind you of all the ways you can have a “stay-cation” in High Point, and for anyone outside of High Point (hi, new friends!) who might be wondering what we have to offer, we’ve compiled six different ways* travel is a part of our community and how you can enjoy them!
Monday – Travel Matters for New Experiences
Travel is the perfect way to try new things, and variety is the spice of life! And speaking of spices, did you know that you can taste food from all over the world, right here in High Point? It’s true! You don’t have to board a plane to try something new from almost every continent.
Maybe you’re in the mood for something from Europe. Giannos offers warm, comforting Italian food and stone-oven pizzas that are hard to beat. Want to visit a pub and sample some bangers and mash or corned beef? Visit Claddagh Restaurant & Pub for a traditional Irish meal and a pint!
If you want to go further east, head to Bara Kabab House for authentic, homemade Middle Eastern cuisine with chicken shawarma you can’t get enough of!
If you want to head all the way to Asian, visit 98 Asian Bistro to try authentic Asian-fusion food (we recommend the classic Pad Thai!). Or if you want something a little different from the Asian continent that you may not have had before, you need to visit Rice Paper, a family-owned and operated Vietnamese restaurant.
Tuesday – Travel Matters to our Jobs
Did you know that one out of every ten jobs was supported by travel in 2018? There are so many people in our city whose jobs are centered around the travel industry. Just a few of those people are the owners and operators of all the great places there are to stay here in High Point! If you’re visiting and looking for a place to stay a few nights, try out one of our hotels or bed and breakfasts, operated by staff who work to make our travels smoother.
Stay at the beautiful and historic J.H. Adams Inn to experience one of the historic homes in uptowne High Point. Or enjoy the proximity to High Point’s new BB&T Point Rockers Stadium and stay downtown at the Red Lion Hotel, also the perfect space to host an event! If you need some place in-between, we recommend the Courtyard by Marriott.
Wednesday – Travel Matters to keeping America Connected
Each time we travel to another state in our nation, it tends to remind us that we’re all part of something bigger than ourselves – that our nation has so many different cultures, industries, and people than any one state has alone. We love all the things in High Point that remind us of the special impacts High Point has made on our state and the nation overall!
You can visit the J. Gallery of Fine Art which showcases art from artists in High Point, North Carolina, and the country. Or you can visit the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library, the largest furniture specialty library in the world, which offers a look at original works from historic, industry-leading designers that have made national and global impact. You can even visit the historic train depot downtown that quite literally helped the former residents of High Point stay connected to the nation!
Thursday – Travel Matters to Health
How many times have you heard that taking the time to slow down and rest would be good for you? Well National Tourism and Travel Week is the time to put it into practice! Whether you’re visiting from out of town or having a stay-cation, there are plenty of ways to catch up on some overdue rest in High Point. You can take a class at Yoga Mindset to help your body unwind and relieve some of the tension the daily grind can build up. If you really need a day to de-stress, make an appointment at Ablution Day Spa. Their trained staff can offer massages and facials (along with lots of other skincare and cosmetic products) that will leave you saying, “Ahhhh…” At the end of your relaxing day, swing by Organic AF and grab an all-natural cold-pressed juice topping off your health-focused, restful day with a clean drink.
Friday – Travel Matters to Hometown Pride
Of course it does! You don’t have to tell us twice that High Point is something to be proud of! Take time on your trip or stay-cation to see just a few iconic sites that pay tribute to what makes High Point so special. Like the world’s largest set of chest of drawers paying homage to our legacy as the Furniture Capital or the John Coltrane statue downtown celebrating one of our most famous and acclaimed residents. Head over to the High Point Museum to learn about the men and women who worked to make High Point what it is, and discover some of our “claims to fames,” like our nationally-renowned Thomas Built Buses (yes, the classic yellow school buses!) or our impact on the Civil Rights Movement! Or, get your tickets to High Point’s latest source of pride, the High Point Rockers.
Saturday – Travel Matters to Families
But the best thing about traveling? The people you get to share it with. After all, what are new experiences, sights, and sounds without the people you love to experience it with you? You can plan for any of these special outings for the whole family! High Point also has great outdoor activities to enjoy with the kids like the rides and playgrounds at City Lake Park or experiencing the magic of butterflies at All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm.
City Lake – 602 W. Main St.
All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm – 7850 Clinard Farms Rd.
Want to learn more? Head on over to the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn more about all the ways you can enjoy High Point. We especially like their Plan Your Visit section.
Just remember, whether you choose to come or go, whether you’re staying or visiting, High Point is a special destination with so much to offer! Share the best of the best of what you love about High Point on social media this week, with the hashtags, #HPTravelMatters, #nttw19, and #TravelMatters. Because we think the world should discover High Point too!
Discovering our High Points,
The HP Discovered Team
*(The U.S. Travel Association is highlighting these ways and more to celebrate NTTW this year. You can visit their website for more information on how to get involved in promoting travel in and to our community by visiting their page!