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What you should know about Durham

With its wealth of cultural attractions, peaceful parks and gardens, and buildings steeped in history, the small city of Durham near Raleigh, North Carolina is undergoing a period of revitalization and renewal. Durham has long been a center of learning, with Duke University at its heart, and you'll find signs of the city’s dedication to education and creativity at every turn. The area has established a fine reputation for its active music and performing arts scene, as well as its entertainment venues, historic sites, museums, and foodie culture.

Hotels in Durham

There’s an extremely wide variety of hotels in Durham, ranging from 2 to 4 stars, as well as a decent selection of aparthotels, motels, vacation rentals, and B&Bs. If you're staying in Durham on a budget, check out the Wingate by Wyndham Raleigh Durham Airport RTP, a comfortable 2.5-star hotel with a 24-hour fitness center. Enjoy the personal touch at the 4-star King's Daughters Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast in Durham that offers massage and reflexology treatments. To experience classic southern elegance, book into the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, a top-rated 4-star property near the beautiful grounds of Duke University.

Things to see in Durham

Duke University is an important hub of education and culture in Durham, and is home to the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens, covering 55 acres of landscaped and wooded areas. Take a peaceful stroll through the gardens, which contain over 5,000 plant varieties, for a welcome time-out from the bustling city and campus. Continuing your nature-themed adventures, visit the unique Duke Lemur Center, a sanctuary for rare and endangered lemurs, to meet these beautiful creatures and find out about their biology and habitat. Durham is renowned for its live music and performing arts scene, with numerous festivals taking place throughout the year. Catch a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center and experience the magic of live performance in a world-class venue. Kids will love a visit to the Museum of Life and Science, which offers hands-on experiments, wildlife areas, and Hideaway Woods, a forested learning experience with treehouses and rope bridges.

Good for families

If you're planning a family vacation in Durham, you'll find a multitude of sights and activities to occupy youngsters, from parks to museums. For an urban environment, the area is surprisingly rich in opportunities to experience wildlife and the natural world. On days when you’d prefer to stay indoors, take the kids to a theater to watch a matinee, or head to the Streets at Southpoint mall for a shopping expedition. There are a number of stadiums in Durham, which are home to prominent baseball, basketball, and American football teams. Head to a big game for the perfect day out for sports fans young and old.

How to get to Durham

If you're arriving by air, Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the city’s closest airport. It'll take you about 20 minutes to reach your Durham hotel by taxi or hired car from the airport. Several hotels offer free airport shuttles (check when you book), and the Triangle Transit Route 100 runs regular buses from the airport to Durham. Once in Durham, it's easiest to get around by car or public transportation. Hop on a free Bull City Connector bus to stop at key visitor locations such as Duke University. The city is also significantly improving its bike-friendliness, and has many pedestrian trails and greenways.