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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Winston-Salem? You should plan to spend around $150 per day on your vacation in Winston-Salem, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $42 on meals for one day and $23 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Winston-Salem for a couple is $182. So, a trip to Winston-Salem for two people for one week costs on average $2,096. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Winston-Salem for one week usually costs around $1,048 for one person. So, a trip to Winston-Salem for two people costs around $2,096 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $4,191 in Winston-Salem. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Winston-Salem can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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How much does a trip to Winston-Salem cost? Is Winston-Salem cheap or expensive? The average Winston-Salem trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Winston-Salem prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Winston-Salem
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Winston-Salem is $91. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Winston-Salem is $182. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Winston-Salem

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Winston-Salem based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $127. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Winston-Salem
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Winston-Salem is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 per person, per day, on local transportation in Winston-Salem.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Winston-Salem
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Rental Cars in Winston-Salem
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Food Budget in Winston-Salem
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  • While meal prices in Winston-Salem can vary, the average cost of food in Winston-Salem is $42 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Winston-Salem should cost around $17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Winston-Salem is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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Entertainment Budget in Winston-Salem
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  • Entertainment and activities in Winston-Salem typically cost an average of $20 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Winston-Salem
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  • The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Winston-Salem per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Winston-Salem On a Budget
Winston-Salem is a moderately sized city in Forsyth Country, North Carolina. The city has a population of about 360,000 and is located in the central part of the state in the Piedmont Triad. Winston-Salem goes by several nicknames including the "Twin City", the "City of Arts and Innovation" and "Camel City", a reference to the city's history in the tobacco industry. Like several towns in central North Carolina, the city's economy was also once influenced by the furniture industry, although this sector continues to shrink.

Winston-Salem has a humid subtropical climate with cool or cold winters and hot and humid summers. There are occasional snowstorms as well as ice and sleet during the winter months. Thunderstorms are common during summer evenings.
Many people come to Winston-Salem specifically to wander around Old Salem. This is a restored Moravian settlement that dates back to 1766. About 70% of the buildings are original and many now house museums or shops. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is also found in Old Salem. This gallery has 18th and early 19th century furniture, ceramics, and textiles on display. It's free to wander around Old Salem on your own, but many of the museums and exhibits require that you purchase a pass.

Bethabara Historic district is the original site where Moravians from Pennsylvania first settled in North Carolina. The sight covers about 195 acres and has a museum, a Moravian church, hiking trails, and birdwatching opportunities.

It's also worth visiting Reynolda Gardens, which is a 4 acre formal garden that is surrounded by forest. The gardens were originally part of the R.J. Reynolds country estate.

Other sights in the city include SciWorks, a kids museum, New Winston Museum, and the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem.
Like many towns in the United States southeast, Winston-Salem's downtown has been the focus of revitalization efforts in recent years. The West End Historic District is between W. Fourth St. and Brookstown Avenue. The area is one of the more pedestrian friendly parts of town with many shops and restaurants. This neighborhood was originally a regional spa resort that catered specifically to wealthy tobacco and textile families. It grew up around the one of the first electric streetcar lines and was known as "Millionaires' Row" because both the Reynolds and Hanes families had homes in the area.

Winston-Salem's Downtown Arts District is along Sixth and Trade Streets. This area has become trendy and now has a large number of working studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants. The neighborhood is just a block from the Benton Convention Center and is a nice place to explore.

Old Salem is a tourist destination in and of itself. There are quaint cobblestone streets, shops, and museums in the area. It's also near Salem College, which has a beautiful campus. Across town, Wake Forest University also offers a beautiful campus that is worth visiting.

Many people enjoy wandering around both Old Salem and the Historic Bethabara Park. The area's are quite quaint and attractive and you can pass several hours soaking up the historic character. The cobblestone streets, interesting shops, and history museums can make for a pleasant afternoon. It's particularly nice to visit the area during the Christmas season when the town is decorated for the holidays.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is located in downtown Winston-Salem. There is usually some performance or production happening at this university. If you happen to be in town in August, the week long National Black Theater Festival takes place with more than 100 performances. If you want to get outside of town, there are several good wineries in the area as well.
Food and Dining
Winston-Salem has some good local eateries that offer everything from traditional southern food to ethnic cuisine. Barbecue, pizza, steakhouses, cafes, and diners are all found throughout the town. There is also a restaurant found within Old Salem. It maintains the area's historic vibe with staff dressed in traditional clothes. Meals include sandwiches, salads, and traditional southern cuisine. Prices are reasonable.

Winston-Salem is located at the intersection of several large interstates and highways. I-85, I-77, I-40, Highway 52 and Business 40 all pass through the city. The closest airport is the Piedmont Triad International Airport which is just 25 minutes away from downtown Winston-Salem. There are six major airlines that serve the airport and an average of 59 non-stop flights.

The closest Amtrak station to Winston-Salem is in Greensboro. They do offer a shuttle service to downtown Winston-Salem.

Most people arrive in Winston-Salem by car. Although the Winston-Salem Transit Authority operates a public bus service, it is of limited use to most visitors. Like most cities in the US Southeast, you really must have access to a car to navigate the city.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Historic District

By Bryan in Entertainment
Go see Winston-Salem's historic West End which is now a dining and shopping area. It's a great place to just walk around. It grew up around one of the first electric streetcar lines in America. You can see "Millionaires' Row," where the Reynolds and Hanes families owned houses. A lot of the houses were built between 1890 and 1930 and the neighborhood is known for the various and picturesque front porch designs.

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