Burlington, in the north central part of the state, is a bustling small town which sprang up when the railroad came to town. Later, Burlington was home to the largest textile maker in the world. Textiles are still important in Burlington, a college town filled with historic sites and plenty of sporting events.
Trace the history of the town's biggest industry at the preserved Glencoe Mill Village featuring the Textile Heritage Museum on its grounds. Alamance County Historical Museum depicts the life of local textile pioneer Edwin Michael Holt. For a modern look at textiles, visit Burlington Manufacturers Outlet Center, the state's original factory outlet and home to numerous labels.
Burlington City Park features a year-round aquatic center and the 1910 Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, with 46 hand-carved animals. The park also offers tennis courts and walking tracks. Sporting events are many here with excellent golf courses, Nextel Cup NASCAR racing at ACE Speedway and Burlington Indians minor league baseball games.
Dining options include fine dining, casual and North Carolina barbecue spots. Accommodations range from full-service hotels to small Southern inns, from bed and breakfasts to campgrounds.
Burlington is located in the north central part of the state, 22 miles east of Greensboro off I-40 and US 70, one hour west of Raleigh.