1. It's North Carolina's International City

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More than 70 international companies call High Point home year-round, so you'll be welcomed to the city in many languages with various, colorful signs. High Point's official slogan is "North Carolina's International City." You'll often find this slogan on the backdrop of a dresser. Why a dresser, you ask? Because...

2. It's Also The Furniture Capital Of The World

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Source: High Point Market via Facebook

Don't even pack your furniture when moving here. You're going to want to buy all new furniture at the biannual High Point Market, the world's largest furnishing industry trade show. More than 75,000 people from all over the world make the trek to High Point, to ooh and ahh over the more than 2,000 exhibitors. While the show is just for industry professionals, the locals know that some of the best gems end up in local stores and outlets. If you can't make it to the show, don't worry...

3. You'll See A Dresser As Big As A Building

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You'd expect furniture to be big in the Furniture Capital of the World, but not this big. These guys aren't fooling around. This Highboy dresser in front of Furnitureland South (the world's largest furniture store) is a staggering 85 feet high. It's even visible from planes passing overhead!

4. Home To The High Point Cycling Classic

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The annual High Point Cycling Classic is fun for the whole family. It's not just a race, it's an extravaganza with a vendor expo, bicycle art, a vintage bicycle show, live music, food, a beer and wine garden and lots of other activities. Last year the event hosted the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships. Spoilers: It's happening again in 2014.

5. High Point University Students Are Very Happy

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You'll notice a lot of students from High Point University strolling around town in a good mood. And no wonder: The private liberal arts college is known for its extravagant student campus boasting an onsite, top-end steakhouse, movie theater with free snacks, outdoor hot tubs, hammocks to relax in, a free arcade, a putting green, and a free roaming ice cream truck!

6. Barbecue Is Serious Business

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It's true, barbecue is no joke in North Carolina. For some of High Point's best, check out BBQ Joe's, Kepley's Bar-B-Q, and Carter Brothers Barbecue and Ribs. High Point is located in the Piedmont Triad, which is well-known for its Lexington Style BBQ. It's made with ketchup and is pure amazeballs, trust me.

7. It Might Seem Dead At Times

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There is the excitement of High Point University and there are a lot of nature spots and fun for kids, but let me give it to you straight: High Point can sometimes seem like a ghost town. It's only hopping during the twice yearly High Point Market. But don't fret, more entertainment is on the way...

8. There's An Urban Revitalization Going On

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Source: The City Project Facebook page

While High Point might not currently be known for its buzzing downtown like other neighboring North Carolina cities, there's a plan in the works called "The City Project," which will bring new restaurants, entertainment venues and and culture to the area. The funny part? The project encompasses Uptowne High Point, which is technically in downtown High Point. Just to make things more confusing.

9. You Can (Almost) Fly

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The Kersey Valley Zip Line is a closed course zip line with 14 lines and more than 1.5 miles of zip lines. To add to the fun the engineered sky decks are named after various airports around the country. Kersey Valley even has night time zip line flights lit only by the light of the moon and a glow stick. So basically you're Batman.

10. Health Food Isn't A High Point... In High Point

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Source: Robert G Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market Facebook page

Health food in High Point? Um, not so much. There's actually only one natural food store in town, The Only Earth Natural Foods. From May through August you can enjoy the Uptowne Market for fresh produce, but off season you'll have to make the trip to the Robert G Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market in Colfax.

11. Shakespeare Lives On

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Source: NC Shakespeare Facebook page

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, aka "NC Shakes," keeps the residents of High Point entertained with the Bard's classics as well as summer camps, classes and workshops in theater and arts education. This small, professional organization attracts first-rate directors, actors, designers and technicians from all over the country. Their annual rendition of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is fantastic.

12. John Coltrane Is Immortalized

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Source: John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival via Facebook

Legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is immortalized in High Point with an 8-foot bronze statue and the annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival. Coltrane spent the first 17 years of his life in High Point and graduated from William Penn High School, where he first started playing the saxophone. We love John Coltrane, but doesn't everyone?

13. The Brewer's Kettle Will Hook You Up

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Source: The Brewer's Kettle Facebook page

The Brewer's Kettle is High Point's only premium beer store, but it's worth it to check these guys out. They truly revere beer, and offer a fun and funky selection of delicious craft beers from all over the world along with a tasty selection of cigars. They've even got a full service tap bar and kegs for all your party needs.

14. It Has Miles And Miles Of Greenway

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Source: High Point Parks & Recreation, NC via Facebook

Grab your bike, stroller, dogs, skates, kids or just your running shoes and head to the High Point Greenway Trail System for more than nine miles of trails on a open, 10-foot wide paved road. While this is an awesome option for hitting the pavement, there's something even bigger planned: The Bicentennial Greenway will soon connect High Point to the nearby city of Greensboro.

15. It Loves Cool Architecture

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Flowing arches pouring from the High Point Market Showcase Building, a Natuzzi half-ship-shaped building with a porthole and a moat, and large furniture in random places. A stroll through High Point is a cross between modern and fantasy.

16. You Can Step Back In Time

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Source: High Point Museum via Facebook

If all that curvy, surreal and oversized architecture in High Point starts to get to you, head over to the High Point Museum Historical Park and take a step back in time at three historic buildings to learn about early High Point. Breathe in the history-literally, since there's an authentic herb garden here too.

17. The Best Coffee In Town Is At DeBeen

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DeBeen Espresso's artsy, fun, laid back environment is the perfect place to get a piping hot cup of fairly-traded, fresh roasted coffee. They also serve fresh baked goods and are gluten-free, vegan and eco-friendly. Plus the people are just plain nice. And that's what you want before you've had your morning caffeine, right?

18. It's Super Kid Friendly

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Source: High Point Parks & Recreation, NC via Facebook

Kids love it in High Point. There are parks, museums, recreation centers, playgrounds, boat rides, swimming pools, a miniature train and a merry-go-round (both found at City Lake Park) and even a butterfly farm. Adorable mini-humans are always screaming, running, laughing and playing all over the place.

19. They Have All Kinds Of Golf

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Source: High Point Parks & Recreation, NC via Facebook

If you're looking for a more refined way to play, the Oak Hollow Golf Course is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the country. However, traditional golf isn't the only kind you can enjoy in High Point. Hit up the Putt-Putt Fun Center or try your hand at disc golf at Johnson Street Disc Golf Course.

20. The Performing Arts Are Thriving

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Source: High Point University Dance Minors via Facebook

It's not all about Shakespeare here. There's no shortage of performing arts in this Southern city. From High Point Ballet and High Point Theater, to High Point Gymnastics Academy and Dance South Performing Arts, you'll have more options for creative classes and performances than you can take. Don't forget to check out Kersey Valley's Dark Circus for a little adult Halloween fun, with DJs, fire spinners and a Burning Man-esque crowd.

21. Limited (But Still Awesome) Movie Theater Options

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Unless you go to High Point University, there are only two places to see a movie in this city: Either the Carmike 8 or the Regal Palladium Cinemas 14. But don't let those humble offerings fool you-the latter has an epic IMAX screen, so what else do you really need?

22. The Bicycle Is A Really Big Thing

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Source: Bicycle Toy & Hobby via Facebook

High Point loves big things (remember the furniture) and cycling is no exception. There are two bike shops, Spinz Bicycle and perhaps a bit more memorably Bicycle Toy and Hobby, where as you can see, the actual bicycle on their roof is a really big thing. There's no way to miss this one, and hey, maybe it'll motivate you to pick up some wheels for yourself.

23. It's The Original School Bus Stop

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Source: Thomas Built School Buses - Company Page via Facebook

Furniture isn't the only random thing High Point is known for making. The city is also a large manufacturer of... school buses. Thomas Built Buses, aka "Thomas," manufactures school buses, transit buses, passenger buses and more. Not only do you have the option of riding a hyper-local bus, but the company also does its part to bring a lot of jobs to the area.

24. You Can Become An Auctioneer

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Source: Mendenhall School of Auctioneering Facebook page

Okay, try saying this 50 times super fast without breathing: "Pete's pa pete poked to the pea patch to pick a peck of peas for the poor pink pig in the pine hole pig-pen". Got it? Well, you'd be a natural auctioneer. If that sounds like your ideal career, get your formal training right here at the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.

25. "Wine Down" At The Vino Shoppe

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Source: The Vino Shoppe via Facebook

Cozy up on the couch with your friends and taste boutique wines from all over the world at High Point's only wine bar and wine shop, The Vino Shoppe. Wine lovers unite here for tastings, live music and even classes. Moving here? Make sure to join their wine club as soon as you arrive.

26. It's Bursting With Delicious Southern Food

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Source: Southern Roots Food

While barbecue is king here, there are plenty of delicious other southern restaurants in High Point. One place that stands out is Southern Roots-while not technically in High Point, it's only a 'hop, skip and jump away', as the locals say, and serves organic, farm-to-table southern food in a fun, funky environment. Want a great sandwich? I have three words for you, three times: Gouda pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, Applewood smoked bacon.

27. Also French, Greek, Thai...You Get The Point

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Source: Penny Path Café & Crêpe Shop via Facebook

Once you've stuffed yourself and feel like breaking away from Southern food, you'll have plenty of culinary choices from around the world. Penny Path Café & Crêpe Shop, Little Tokyo, Singha II, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Mad Greek Grill, Sammy G's Tavern & Grill and Liberty Steak House are all incredible options.

28. The Ideal Place To Run Wild and Free

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Source: High Point Parks & Recreation, NC via Facebook

There are countless parks and recreation centers in High Point for picnics, sports, fishing, swimming, lounging and playing. The Washington Terrace Park & Community Center has a stage and swimming facilities, or you can try kayaking and camping with the Piedmont Environmental Center. There's green space in every nook and cranny of High Point.

29. You Can Still Travel By Train

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No car? Don't feel like driving? Can't stand carpools? Take the scenic route. The Piedmont, Carolinian, and Crescent trains go through downtown High Point daily. It's the absolute best way to get to take a trip to nearby Raleigh or Charlotte, without all the traffic. Don't forget to bring a good book!

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