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Durham (North Carolina)

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==Get in==
===By air===
All major American airlines fly into '''Raleigh-Durham International Airport''' ({{IATA|RDU}}). It is best served by American Airlines and Delta Airlines. These and other airlines provide direct connections to most major hubs, including Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington-Dulles, Freeport (Grand Bahama), Baltimore-Washington, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare), New York (LaGuardia+ JFK), Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cancun, and London, among others. Most other major cities are reachable after a single connecting flight.
===By train===
Inter-city buses arrive and depart Durham from the '''Durham Station Transportation Center''', [http://data.durhamnc.gov/durham_station.cfm] 515 W Pettigrew St, near the Amtrak station.
*'''Greyhound''', [http://www.greyhound.com].
*'''Megabus''', [http://wwwus.megabus.com]. Service from [[Washington, D.C.]], [[Richmond (Virginia)|Richmond]], and [[Charlotte]]. Buses stop just outside the station near the Willard Street entrance. Fares from $1 and up.
*'''Triangle Transit''', [http://www.triangletransit.org]. Service from cities in the surrounding metropolitan area including [[Raleigh]] and [[Chapel Hill]].
* See world-class art at the '''Nasher Museum of Art''' [http://www.nasher.duke.edu/] at Duke University, located at the corner of Anderson and Duke University Roads. Don't miss the giant face-mask.
 
*<see name="Museum of Life and Science" alt="" address="433 W. Murray Ave" directions="http://www.ncmls.org/visit/campus-and-exhibits/maps/#google" phone="919-220-5429" url="http://www.lifeandscience.org" hours="10-5" price="$10.85" lat="" long="">Spend a day with kids exploring the many interactive exhibits here. Space vehicles, farm animals, playground, drum area, physics display, maps and globes, butterfly house, bugs!, and now with bears and lemurs.</see>
* Check out the local art scene during Durham's '''Third Friday Art Walk''' [http://thirdfridaydurham.com], often featuring live music and a myriad of food trucks, in addition to open studios and galleries throughout downtown.
* Watch a local live theater performance at '''Common Ground Theatre''' [http://www.cgtheatre.com/] or '''Manbites Dog Theater''' [http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/].
 
*<see name="Bennett Place" alt="" address="4409 Bennett Memorial Rd." directions="" phone="919-383-4345" url="http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bennett/" hours="9-5 Tues-Sat." price="" lat="" long="">This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. </see>
 
*<see name="Historic Stagville" alt="" address="5828 Old Oxford Highway" directions="" phone="919-620-0120" url="http://www.stagville.org/" hours="10-4 Tues-Sat." price="Free" lat="" long="">Comprises the remains of North Carolina's largest pre-Civil War plantation and one of the South's largest. It once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn built by skilled slave craftsmen, and the Bennehan Family cemetery. </see>
==Do==
*<do name="Museum of Life and Science" alt="" address="433 W. Murray Ave" directions="http://www.ncmls.org/visit/campus-and-exhibits/maps/#google" phone="919-220-5429" url="http://www.lifeandscience.org" hours="10-5" price="$10.85" lat="" long="">For more than sixty years we've been one of the Triangle's most popular destinations for science enthusiasts, families, school classes, and science interest groups. We're happy to make arrangements for field trips and group visits. We're also a popular site for birthday parties, weddings and other private events.</do>
* Go for a walk in the '''Sarah P. Duke Gardens''' [http://www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/dukegardens.html].
* Go hiking or have a picnic at '''Eno River State Park''' [http://www.enoriver.org/] or '''West Point on the Eno'''. West Point has an old-fashioned corn mill that still sells fresh cornmeal.
 
* Spend a day with kids exploring interactive exhibits at the '''Museum of Life and Science''' [http://www.ncmls.org/]. Space vehicles, farm animals, playground, drum area, physics display, maps and globes, butterfly house, bugs!, and now with bears and lemurs.
 
* Take in a film at '''The Starlight Drive-In''' [http://www.starlitedurham.com/]; on a clear night, it is spectacular. Update: Since March 2007, this facility has closed down indefinitely following the death of its owner and is unlikely to open again.
* Bike or roller-blade on the '''American Tobacco Trail'''. It's a paved-over railway line that extends from downtown Durham, near the ball park all the way to Raleigh. One section is not complete yet, so you may be stuck on Highway 54 unable to cross I-40 unless you bike on the roads. It is 7 miles from downtown Durham to the end of the trail at I-40 and Hway 54 junction.
* Play on many different Golf courses from '''Hillandale Golf''' [http://www.hillandalegolf.com] to '''Willowhaven''' to the '''Duke University Golf Club''' among many more.
*<do name="Bennett Place" alt="" address="4409 Bennett Memorial Rd." directions="" phone="919-383-4345" url="http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bennett/" hours="9-5 Tues-Sat." price="" lat="" long="">This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. </do>
*<do name="Historic Stagville" alt="" address="5828 Old Oxford Highway" directions="" phone="919-620-0120" url="http://www.stagville.org/" hours="10-4 Tues-Sat." price="Free" lat="" long="">Comprises the remains of North Carolina's largest pre-Civil War plantation and one of the South's largest. It once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn built by skilled slave craftsmen, and the Bennehan Family cemetery.
 
 
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==Buy==
*'''Ninth Street''', near the Duke campus, has boutique stores catering to a college crowd. Look for bookstores, clothing stores, an art gallery or two, and an upscale toy store.
 
*'''Grandfather Clocks (The Clock Depot in Durham)''', 3750 Chapel Hill Blvd ((Old South Square Area)), ☎ 919-402-8714, [39]. 10:00 - 6:00. Family owned clock shop in Durham featuring new Grandfather Clocks.
==Eat==
Durham is a terrific city to eat in, and if you search around enough, you'll find no need to go to our friends in nearby [[Chapel Hill]] or [[Raleigh]] to cater to your tastes. From time-tested burger shacks to upscale eateries on par with Atlanta and Washington, it's easy to find unique flavors all over the city. There's an especially good concentration of remarkable eats around the Duke and Research Triangle Park areas, specifically 9th St/Brightleaf for the former and South Sq/Southpoint/54 for the latter.
*<eat name="Ox and RabbitSoda & Sundries" alt="" address="732 9th St Durham" directions="On 9th Street." phone="(919) 286-7850" url="" hours="10-6" price="" lat="" long="">A drug-store turned boutique shop, Ox and Rabbit kept the drug store counter and serves old fashion style Sodas, Shakes, and Malts. In traditional style, a soda jerk mixes syrups, ice, and carbonated water right in front of you for a delicious throw back to past times.</eat> *<eat name="blu seafood and bar" alt="" address="2002 Hillsborough Rd" directions="" phone="919.286.9777" url="http://bluseafoodandbar.com" hours="5-10" price="$$" lat="" long="">A casual, yet upscale restaurant focusing on regional and global classics with fresh fish.</eat>
*<eat name="Grandfather Clocks" alt="The Clock Depot in Durham" address="3750 Chapel Hill Blvd" directions="(Old South Square Area)" phone="919-402-8714" url="http://www.theclockdepot.com" hours="10:00 - 6:00" price="" lat="" long="">Family owned clock shop in Durham featuring new Grandfather Clocks.</eat>
===Budget===
*'''Bahn's Cuisine''', 750 9th St, ''+ 1 919'' 286-5073. Most of the week this is an average Chinese takeout place; however, on Wednesday and Saturday they serve Vietnamese home cooking and soups. A local hangout since 1985. The locals can tell you're "not from around here" if you order Chinese on those days. There are both vegetarian and vegan plates. The "#8 Vegetarian plate" of fried tofu and a vegetable roll is the most popular dish on Saturdays and to a lesser degree on Mondays. The "Pork Bun" is a good choice for small children as is the Satay Chicken (they'll frequently make adapted portions for children). It is cash only. Plates and sides are $2-$6.
*'''The Mad Hatter's Bake Shop''', [http://www.madhattersbakeshop.com/]. A local bakery that has recently branched out into full dinner fare. Their dinners are as good as (and more creative than) their cakes and cookies. Entrees tend to be $6-$8, and many are healthy and vegetarian-friendly.
 
*'''The Original Q Shack''', 2510 University Drive. They serve traditional NC barbecue, chicken, and beef sausage. Choice of side dishes include onion rings, mac and cheese, fried okra, deviled eggs, french fries, and hush puppies. It is a pleasant, informal dining experience with both indoor and outdoor seating. Price range is $6-$12.
*'''Torero's''', [http://www.torerosnc.com/]. Has four restaurants in Durham and sells above-average Americanized Mexican cuisine, with most entrees $6-$8.
===Midrange===
 
*'''blu seafood and bar''' 2002 Hillsborough Rd, '' + 1 919'' 286.9777. [http://bluseafoodandbar.com/] Hours are 5 pm to 10 p.m. A casual, yet upscale restaurant focusing on regional and global classics with fresh fish. Price $$.
 
*'''Bullock's''', [http://www.bullocksbbq.com/]. A local tradition, serving eastern-North Carolina BBQ, sweet tea, hush puppies, and plenty of fried vegetables. Go "family style" for about $9 and eat a bit of everything. Note that eastern-NC BBQ is dry and is cooked with vinegar, and may not be what outsiders are used to. Bullock's is often crowded, but the line moves fast. Bullock's is cash only and closes at 8PM.
===Splurge===
*'''Chamas churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse''', 905 West Main St. (''in Brightleaf Square downtown''), ''+ 1 919'' 682-1309. The restaurant features an extensive buffet of salads, cheeses, seafood, vegetables and international hot dishes. Gauchos make their rounds among the tables continuously serving diners unlimited cuts of meat such as beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Fried bananas and mashed potatoes are also served to each table. Reservations suggested.
*'''Four Square''', 2701 Chapel Hill Rd (''at Pickett''), ''+ 1 919'' 401-9877. Not far from Duke University and the Lakewood neighborhood, presents superlative contemporary European and American flavors in an incredible early 20th century Victorian mansion. Completely out of place in its working-class neighborhood, it is an experience in every sense. Very romantic. Reservations strongly suggested.
*'''The Magnolia Grill''', 1002 9th St, ''+ 1 919'' 286-3609. One of the finest restaurants in the area, with a menu of gourmet Southern-inspired food that changes daily. Save room for dessert. Entrees are $23-$29, with appetizers and dessert $6-$10. Reservations recommended. **Now Closed***'''Metro 8 Streakhouse''', 746 9th St, ''+1 919'' 416 1700. Upscale Argentinian steakhouse. Unusually great salad and stake steak with great service and a romantic atmosphere.
*'''Nikos Taverna''', 905 West Main St (''in historic Brightleaf Square downtown''), ''+ 1 919'' 682-0043. Has been serving upscale Greek cuisine in their modern, loft-like space since the 1980s. Great for lunch. Reservations recommended.
*'''Nana's''', 2514 University Dr (''at James St''), ''+ 1 919'' 493-8545. Serves upscale and innovative New American fare in their warm and quiet space tucked into the city's lovely Rockwood neighborhood. Reservations recommended.
*'''Pop's''', in downtown Durham, [http://www.pops-durham.com/]. Tasty, creative Italian dishes and pizzas. Most entrees are $10-$19.,,
Other higher-end standbys and new additions to the city's burgeoning culinary scene include '''Anotherthyme''' [Edit - Anotherthyme has now closed](Brightleaf Sq area), '''Starlu''' (South Square, southwest side of the city)[Edit - Starlu has now closed], '''Parizade''' (Erwin Square, near 9th St), '''George's Garage''' and '"''Vin Rouge''' (both on 9th and Markham), and '''Rue Cler''' (downtown, on E. East Chapel Hill St.).
==Drink==
* <sleep name="Wyndham Garden Hotel" address="4620 South Miami Blvd" phone="+ 1 919 941-6066" fax="+ 1 919 941-6363" url="http://raleigh-durham.wyndham-hotels.com/"></sleep>
*<sleep name="Arrowhead Inn" alt="" address="106 Mason Rd." directions="" phone="(919) 477-8430" url="http://www.arrowheadinn.com/" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$150-$325" lat="" long="">9 room luxury inn on 6 acres featuring fireplaces, 6 jacuzzi rooms, free Wi-Fi, daily breakfasts, private cottage, and made to order dinners.</sleep>
 
==Stay safe==
==Get out==
* [[Chapel Hill]], about 8 miles from Durham, is home to the University of North Carolina (UNC-CH). Chapel Hill has many good restaurants and bars on Franklin Street, adjacent to the UNC campus.
* [[Raleigh]], about 28 21 miles away, the state capital. Raleigh has North Carolina State University; the state museums of art, history, and science; and the state symphony and ballet.
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