Area Attractions

Convenient Hickory Lodging near Furniture Malls, Regional Airport

From furniture malls to racing, Hickory has it all, and when you stay at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, you’re just minutes from top attractions. You are conveniently located off Highway 321, providing easy access to area businesses and points of interest. If you’re there to shop for furniture, our Hickory lodging is just one mile from Catawba Furniture Mall and only eight miles from 20 Miles of Furniture. The hotel is also just ten minutes from Hickory Regional Airport and offers complimentary shuttle service to eliminate transportation worries.

The Gateway Center Hotel is conveniently located near the following Hickory attractions:

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (15 miles)

This covered bridge was built in 1894 and is one of only two remaining covered bridges in the state of North Carolina.

Catawba County Museum of History (12.8 miles)

Learn about the history of Catawba County at this museum.

Catawba Furniture Mall (0.7 miles)

A popular attraction in Hickory, this furniture mall features over eight acres of discount furniture.

Hickory Crawdads Baseball (3 miles)

Cheer on the local team, the Hickory Crawdads, a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hickory Motor Speedway (2.7 miles)

Catch a race at the track where Dale Earnhardt, Ned and Dale Jarrett and Harry Gant got their starts.

Hickory Museum of Art (2.4 miles)

This museum showcases exhibits of American pottery, art glass, paintings and prints.

Maple Grove (2.5 miles)

This late 19th century home is one of the oldest surviving houses in Hickory.

Murray’s Mill Historic Site (18.3 miles)

Tour this historic, restored mill. Only cash accepted.

About Hickory

Furniture-manufacturing capital of the world, Hickory draws innumerable shoppers and visitors to its well-stocked furniture malls, which contain acres of showrooms and galleries. About 60% of the nation’s furniture is crafted within a 200-mile radius of Hickory. Plus, scenic beauty and Southern hospitality abound. The nearby Blue Ridge Mountains invite recreation, sightseeing, and shopping, thanks to the many artists and potters who reside there. Downtown Hickory promises wonderful, small-town charm with its unique shops and restaurants, and Lake Hickory offers terrific warm-weather sport and leisure. Culture, too, is prominent, thanks largely to the SALT (Science, Art, Literature Together) Block, a cluster of arts, culture, and science institutions. If sports are more your style, the Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball team always draws crowds. And, of course, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, and Harry Gant are all tied to the Hickory Motor Speedway, which constantly creates new fans and racing enthusiasts.

Nearby Attractions

Catawba Furniture Mall Valley Hills Mall Hickory Crawdads Baseball Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory Museum of Art Western Piedmont Symphony Catawba County Historical Association Catawba Science Center Queens Landing


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