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Old 03-25-2015, 05:48 AM
Location: Danville, VA
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I recently moved to Danville, VA for a job. It is not what I expected but I am used to larger cities with more to do, however I couldn't pass up the job as it was a significant amount more than what I made. My question is, what is there to do on the weekends? I know it's nothing like NYC with museums, theater and parks but is there any kind of outdoor activities near by or will I be spending most of my time in Greensboro?
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:50 PM
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There are some super cool State Parks not terribly far for outdoor activities. My particular favorite is Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina north of Winston-Salem, about an hour from Danville but well worth it. In Virginia, Fairy Stone State Park is also an hour away west of Martinsville. You'll definitely be taking some trips into Greensboro, though. As you've already figured out, Danville is a smaller town with not as much nightlife/entertainment. Try the Elm Street area of Greensboro, and I'd also recommend heading down to the Research Triangle area even if it's a little further. IMO, the Raleigh/Durham area will be better for weekends. Durham and Chapel Hill are an hour away, but I definitely prefer them over Greensboro. Same with Raleigh, even though downtown Raleigh is closer to a two hour drive from Danville. As for shopping, definitely Streets at Southpoint Mall in Durham, which will take an hour or so. Richmond is very cool, but believe it or not, it'll take three hours to get there from Danville. Long story short, you'll be spending tons of time in North Carolina.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:54 AM
Location: Boydton, VA
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Life is an adventure....explore it, embrace it, enjoy it....you are young enough to pick up and move again if you cannot become comfortable with your new surroundings. Learn to do new things, start new hobbies, volunteer your time, and bank the extra money you earn/save by not living in the expensive NYC metro area....then retire early to your dream location. But in the mean time, you are 5 hours from the Outer Banks, you can explore the New River....the options are many.

If music/concerts/plays are important...check out: Raleigh

or Durham.

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Old 03-29-2015, 03:34 PM
Location: Danville, VA
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Thanks for the replies, I am definitely going to explore the area when it gets warmer out. I was in Greensboro last week for a conference and I already know I will be going back there on the weekends.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:29 PM
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Greensboro and Raleigh will be your areas to check out. For outdoors and day trips you can check out Roanoke. Less than an hour to greensboro, a bit more for Raleigh durham and about 1 hr 30 min to Roanoke. Anywhere else and you get into 3 hr travel or so. (Richmond area)
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