Located right in the heart of North Carolina, Durham is a city of creativity, sheer beauty, artistic culture and emerging industry. It is one of the most visited cities of Carolina as more than 8 million visitors here to have some good time. It is also the county seat of Durham County and got its name in 1853. Durham is home of famous Duke University and North Carolina Central university and you can enjoy a lot of jazz festivals, art exhibitions, plays and other events all year round in this city. As a matter of fact, Durham has more than 96000 of hardwood forests with only one in the world, Piedmont bottomland forests. It is also called the city of medicines because of a major industry of almost 300 medical health companies and practices.
The climate of Durham is quite moderate with four seasons i.e. summers, winters, autumn and spring. The most pleasant season is spring with average temperature of 22 C. October is the driest month and the weather remains mild and sunny during this period. Summers are quite hot and you can see some rain during July and August. In the winters, Durham experiences snowfall occasionally and January is the coldest month with freezing weather.
How to get here?
There are a lot of options to reach Durham and get around the city. The nearest airport is RDU International Airport at the edge of Wake County which receives all the major airline carriers like Air Canada, Frontier Airlines, United Express, Delta Air Lines and many more. You can also get to the city by the intercity passenger rail service, Amtrak, which serves almost 46 states and three Canadian Provinces. Bicycles, Charter Bus Services, Limousine service, Rental Cars and Taxicabs can be used to get around the city.
Accommodation and Food
There are a lot of accommodation options available in Durham from bed & breakfast inns to hostels and luxury hotels to budget motels. There are total 67 hotels and inns in the city offering all range of stays. One of the most popular is the King’s Daughters Inn, which is a four star hotel located right in the heart of city with free Wi Fi, Spa, Free Parking and accessible facilities. There are many other good options like Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Washington Duke Inn, Staybridge Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Springhill Suites, Chapel Hill, Marriott at Research Triangle Park, Homewood Suites, Wingate by Wyndham Raleigh, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Hilton Durham near Duke University and Red Roof Inn at Triangle Park.
There are more than 40 restaurants, café and pubs around Durham City and a lot of experienced, imaginative and reputed chefs offering from burgers to some luring dishes. You can visit The Palace International for great African food, Rise Biscuits & Donuts for some unique biscuits, Elmo’s Diner for tasty breakfast, Only Burger for great burgers, Sitar Indian Cuisine for Indian food, Lilly’ Pizza and enjoy delicious salad at Saladelia. If you get out for a casual lunch then Foster’s market of Chef Sara Foster will be a good choice.
Museum of Life and Science
Museum of Life and Science is a museum located at W Murray Ave in Durham and displays a lot of exhibits related to natural science. It is one of the most visited attractions in North Carolina and covers an area of more than 84 acres with an interactive science park, a butterfly conservatory and outdoor exhibition of rescued black bears. The parking is free and there are some additional facilities available like Sprout Café, Stroller rentals, picnic area and Elements Coffee Bar. The museum remains open from Tuesday to Saturday and ticket costs $14 for adults and $10 for kids.
Eno River State Park
Eno River State Park is a famous park, covering an area of 4200 acre, in Durham and Orange Counties. There are a lot of wilderness trails and the Eno River joins the Flat River to fall into Falls Lake. The park features five areas open for public with hiking trails and some historic sculptures. Famous trails include Cox Mountain, Cabelands, Eno Quarry, Eno Trace and Fanny’s Ford. There is a festival held at Eno River in July every year which exhibits music, food and environmental awareness.
Duke Chapel is located in the campus of Duke University in Durham and its structure is so magnificent that your tour would not be complete without visiting this great architecture. It was built in 1930 and commenced its work in 1932. It is recognized as a place for worship, music, learning and service. This cathedral like centerpiece is 210 feet tall and is easily accessible by all means of transport from any corner of the city.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Cameron Indoor Stadium is an indoor sports place situated in the West Campus of Duke University, Durham. It has been a classical venue of many basketball games through the years. It is one of the smallest arenas with seating capacity of only 9314 people. It opened its gates in 1940 with quite a big area but got renovated in 1972 and its name was changed from Indoor Stadium to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Bennett Place is also known as Bennett Farm and is famous for being the location of surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the American Civil War in 1865. It is located on the Bennett Memorial Road and can be easily reached by cabs, buses or tubes. It is historically important place for US as Johnston surrendered to Sherman at the end of the Civil War here.
There are many other places to visit in Durham like Carolina Theatre, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Duke Lemur Center, Ayr Mount, Durham County Stadium and many more.