The Piedmont is composed of gently rolling plains that host picturesque golf courses, lakes, and farmlands, as well as the state’s largest urban areas. Renowned research universities, textile and furniture factories, tobacco farms, golf courses, and historic sites are also features of the Piedmont. Here, you will find the Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, a hub of high-tech research and both quaint college towns and bustling college cities; Charlotte, the South's finance center and home of NASCAR; Pinehurst, the home of American golf; and the Piedmont Triad of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. With more than 40 free attractions and numerous high-quality museums, Greater Raleigh is often dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South." Take a hike on one of the many trails surrounding the city or spend a day strolling the charming downtown or eating at a quaint restaurant.