More than nine million people come to Durham annually to visit and explore the city, and it’s not hard to see why. Film festivals, dance festivals, music and food festivals give Durham its unique flavor and sets it apart from its neighbor city of Raleigh. When you come to Durham, you can expect to have an abundance of things to do at any time of year, from city events to visiting beautiful historic places.
Take a walking tour of Durham to get acquainted with the city. You’ll love the beautiful spring flowers and the lovely fall leaves. In the summer, because it is so hot, you may want to focus on indoor activities, such as visiting the 21c Museum, a contemporary art museum with fascinating exhibits and installations. Foodies will enjoy visiting American Tobacco, the former Lucky Strike factory that has been transformed into a modern office space with great restaurants and entertainment.
Whether or not you’re interested in history, you should make a point of visiting Bennett Place State Historic Site, which is where the Civil War unofficially ended with the surrender of the largest number of Confederate troops. Learn more about the Civil War in a setting that will bring it to life.
Restaurant and nightlife lovers will enjoy walking through the Brightleaf District, which is the best place to go to visit unique shops and to get a taste of Durham’s best cuisine. The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham is another fun place to go to see live performances from fantastic musicians as well as speakers and comedians.
Head to nearby Raleigh, where you can tour the capitol building and enjoy several great museums like the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of History and the Marbles Kids Museum. The city is known for its craft beer scene, so after a day walking around the town, head to one of Raleigh’s great bars or breweries. You should also check out the city’s bluegrass and music festivals which are particularly fun on warm summer nights. Visit the Wednesday farmer’s market downtown to try some of the best of the area’s produce, or one of the small art galleries to get a feel for the vibrant arts scene in this city.
A little further away, the city of Greenville offers travelers an abundance of activities to make your trip worthwhile. You can visit natural parks, museums and historic sites. River Park North and the South Tar River Greenway are two of Greenville’s great natural areas and are ideal places for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and a nature center. The South Tar River Greenway is a 3.1-mile greenway that offers great nature trail walking, hiking or biking along the banks of the Tar River. For historical buffs, Greenville offers the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum that features a log church, blacksmith shop, stables, smokehouse, schoolhouse, general store, tobacco barn and museum, as well as thousands of unique artifacts and antiques from 1840-1940.
Head to the Pitt County Arboretum outside of Greenville for a tour of very well-kept and beautiful grounds, or go to the Atlantic coast and visit Fort Macon for a great tour on an important Civil War era fort in North Carolina. Or go to the Outer Banks and spend some time there relaxing on the beach or walking around the small towns on the shores.
You can find great vacation rentals on Tripping for Durham North Carolina in and around the city and in neighboring areas as well. Whether you are coming with a big or small group of people, and no matter if you are staying for one night or a whole week, you’re sure to enjoy your time. To be closest to the action, try to stay near downtown, especially in the Brightleaf District near Gregson Street and Main Street, or downtown near W Morgan Streetor Vivian Street. Alternatively, a vacation home in a residential neighborhood will be a charming retreat from the city, and you’ll love looking at the old houses and big, leafy green trees.
It is easy to rent a car in Durham if you arrive at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and a good option if you plan to explore North Carolina or head to the Outer Banks. If you’d rather not drive, though, GoDurham is the city’s local bus service that has routes to different areas in the city. If you’d like to get somewhere more quickly, you can take taxis from point to point with little difficulty, or rent a bike and ride around the city for some fresh air.
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