This pleasant city has an eclectic arts scene and a walkable downtown area with small shops, galleries, restaurants and breweries. Greensboro is home to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, site of a Revolutionary War battle between Gen. Nathanael Greene of the Patriots and British Gen. Charles Cornwallis in 1781.

More recent history was created in 1960, when local black college students protested segregation by sitting down at a whites-only lunch counter and staying there until the city agreed to integrate its restaurants, ushering in a series of peaceful civil rights protests across the country. A section of the famous lunch counter is preserved in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., but the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, housed in the original Woolworth space, still has four chairs from the lunch counter.

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