The Barbecue Capital
Known as the “Barbecue Capital of North Carolina,” Lexington is the place to go when looking for this southern food classic. The town has an average of one barbecue restaurant per 1,000 residents. But if you do not believe us, then listen to US News and World Report, who ranked Lexington at number four on the list of best U.S. cities for barbecue. Each year in October, Lexington also holds a one-day barbecue festival that attracts nearly 200,000 visitors from across the country. Just do not forget to try the Lexington Barbecue Sandwich, which includes red slaw, a staple for quality southern barbecue.
Fun at High Rock Lake
For the outdoor enthusiasts, Lexington also has the second largest lake in North Carolina. With over 15,000 acres of water and 365 miles of shoreline, High Rock Lake is perfect for activities such as boating and swimming. Anglers from all over the U.S. flock to this lake, as it is known as the best fishing lake in the whole state. Due to the lake’s habitat and shallow water, the very best largemouth bass in the country can be caught here. Enter or observe the Bassmaster Tournaments held on the lake each year, as well as many other angling competitions.
Pigs in the City
After stopping for some good barbecue that will fill your stomach all day long, you can also check out Lexington’s unique installment of Pigs in the City for a one-of-a-kind art experience. This public art initiative began in 2003, when 20 pigs were painted by local artists and then put on display throughout the city for residents and visitors to see. Since 2006, this has been turned into an annual event. So make sure to come out in the Fall to see Lexington’s annual Pigs in the City event, which draws over 50,000 visitors each year.