It’s estimated that over nine million people visit Durham, North Carolina each year. It’s earned national accolades as one of the best places to work, live, and play, so it’s no wonder that tourists want to see it for themselves.
Whether you go for the lively night life, award winning performing arts, action-packed sports, fantastic outdoor adventure, eco-agriculture, tons of shopping, or historical and educational sight-seeing, Durham delivers.
The city is bursting at the seams with unique and fun things to do. And while you’re there, don’t forget Chapel Hill – just ten miles from Durham, it’s another unique (and rival) town with tons to offer.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Durham:
1. Duke University
Originally Trinity College until 1924, Duke University is one of the United States top colleges. Endowed by the cigarette fortune of the Duke family, the university is known for rigorous academic programs and top ranked sports.
The main campus is Georgian style and the west campus has neo-Gothic architecture – both of which are stunning to walk through.
Do a self-guided tour or jump on an admissions tour to learn the history and legacy of this impressive institution.