About Durham, NC
Durham, also known as the “Bull City,” is home to the Research Triangle Park and right down the road from Raleigh and Chapel Hill. If your job is in the tech sector, you’ll most likely be in or near the Durham area. Many software developers, computer programmers, biotechnologists, doctors, and scientists call Durham home for its close proximity to just about everything in the Triangle area. Duke University plays a large role in the city as well as a thriving downtown. Duke Hospital is one of the largest employers in Durham.
Durham is located within 27 miles of the capital city Raleigh and you can easily access Interstates 40 and 85. Durham is 23 miles from the Virginia border, 140 miles from the mountains, and 130 miles from the coast.
History and Culture in Durham, NC
Durham is home to one of the most well-respected colleges in the nation, Duke University. With its Neo-Gothic architecture, famous Duke Chapel, beautiful Sara B. Duke Gardens, and the world-renowned Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University contributes a tremendous amount to the city of Durham.
The Durham Performing Arts Center, or DPAC as it is better known to locals, is the go-to place for big-name musicals, concerts, and shows. Durham has many other notable landmarks and venues for cultural events such as the Carolina Theatre and the Museum of Life & Science. Durham is also home to various festivals such as Moogfest and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. You can also check out the old Durham Bulls stadium, made famous by the 1988 movie, Bull Durham.
History buffs can visit Bennett Place, the homestead where Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Gen. Sherman during the Civil War. Historic Stagville is also worth a visit with its remnants of a pre-Civil War plantation. There are numerous historic landmarks throughout Durham that are worth exploring.
Dining, Shopping, and Recreation in Durham, NC
Shoppers will love Durham’s downtown, the Brightleaf area, or the sprawling outdoor and indoor shopping at The Streets of Southpoint Mall. Here you’ll find high-end retailers in this beautifully designed shopping mall and popular dining spots such as The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Speaking of dining spots, Durham is well known as a culinary destination and was even named the “Tastiest Town in the South” by Southern Living magazine. Among the restaurants and award-winning cuisine is The Restaurant at The Durham, Mateo Bar de Tapas, M Sushi, Bar Virgile, Alley Twenty-Six, and JuJu. Many other Durham restaurants offer a diverse variety of cuisines from American BBQ to international fare.
The Eno River State Park is a hiker’s and nature lover’s dream with numerous scenic trails throughout its 4,319 acres of forest. Campers can also enjoy the state park facilities for individual and group camping.
The American Tobacco Trail offers 22 miles of walking and biking trails that run along what used to be part of the American Tobacco Company. The Trail begins just across the famous Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
If you’re a baseball fan, catch a Durham Bulls game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, or a basketball fan, catch a Duke game at the world-famous Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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