Durham Travel Guide

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Durham Highlights

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     Lots to do 

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     Small, not that much to do 

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     Great weather - great Southern hospitality 

Durham Things to Do

  • Classic and eclectic films

    When I was at Duke, I had very little time for off-campus activities but when I did, I usually went to Bat's for a pizza or spaghetti or to The Ivy Room for something a bit more upscale. Several years ago (at a VT meet coincidentally), I discovered, much to my dismay, that both were now closed. That same weekend, however, I discovered that the...

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  • Nasher Museum of Art

    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University fosters the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by providing direct experiences with original works of art supported by a range of exhibitions, programs, and publications for the university and the broader community. The museum draws on the intellectual resources of a great research...

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  • Peace in the midst of turmoil

    If you visit Durham for just about any reason at just about any time of the year, please do not miss the Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens, 55 meticulously maintained acres bursting with diverse flora, and if you are quiet and still some remarkable fauna. As you stroll along the circuitous walking paths that curl around the gorgeous gardens’ grassy...

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  • Durham Savoyards

    One of the reasons we moved here! I have been a costumer for the wonderful Durham Savoyards, who put on a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta every March at the historic Carolina Theater in downtown Durham. This year we'll do "Iolanthe" from March 29-April 1, 2012

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  • Duke University Lemur Center

    From my admittedly prejudiced point of view, Duke University has uncounted attractions and reasons to visit, even spend four years or more. One of the most under-rated of those reasons is the Duke University Lemur Center (originally known as the DU Primate Center but renamed as the Lemur Center in 2006). It is the only research and education center...

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  • Attend a Duke University Basketball Game

    There are so many sporting events worldwide that garnish attention from rabid fans, that an entire VirtualTourist like site could be built. If you were building a US-based top ten sporting event list, a Duke University Home Basketball Game at Cameron Indoor Stadium would have to be high on this list.Consider this, when most men would be polled on...

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Durham Restaurants

  • Still drawn back to it after all these...

    If I were trying to make a good impression on a new lady whom I had just met today, I would probably not invite her to a barbecue restaurant. Some people just don't like barbecue and those who do may be very opinionated about their favorite type. When I was an undergraduate, however, Bullock's tended to be my first choice (when I had...

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  • If it's good enough for Martha...

    Foster's Market is really difficult to describe - it's like a idyllic Whole Foods where you want to hang out. While it is a restaurant, it is also a market, with both sundries like designer pasta and jams, but also a huge display case with fresh salads and foods available to eat there or to go. In addition to their amazing salads (not only has Sara...

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  • A great Italian Restaurant

    This was a restauranat a group of colleagues and I visited during a recent visit to the area. It was an enjoyable place to eat. The food was good and the atmosphere was excellent - we dined at the start of the week so it was a little quiet. Excellent Ice Cream - eat in or take away.

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Durham Nightlife

  • Head to Chapel Hill

    Overwhelmingly, every single person I spoke to that is familiar with this area, all said that going out in Durham is a waste of time. Close to Durham is the town of Chapel Hill, NC which is the home to the University of North Carolina. I did not heed their warning, and definitely saw what they were talking about when I noticed how dead the streets...

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  • Tobacco District Pizza Restaurant

    The Mellow Mushroom is a popular pizza joint that comes highly recommended by Duke University Students. The atmosphere is jovial and sports focused; the food is good and the service is casual and friendly. The location, for Durham, is pretty great! Outside seating overlooks the water feature and the American Tobacco building brings an authentic...

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  • Pool, Darts, Beer

    This was a cool spot to go hang out and drink beer, play pool or darts. It's a short drive/walk from Duke East Campus. Fairly cheap too. $4 an hour for pool. There are 10 really nice antique pool tables and a 22 foot shuffleboard in the middle of the bar too. Darts are free if I remember correctly. And there are over 60 kinds of beer to choose...

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Durham Transportation

  • Band Member Surfing

    One of the less economical ways of getting around Durham would have to be by surfboard. This tends to be a popular method, judged by the thousands of fans cheering this mode of transportation. I can not imagine it is very economical, as it requires 10-15 college band members at all times, and it was not very fast.

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  • Raleigh Durham International Airport...

    Flights into Raleigh Durham seem to be very easy to come by. As this is an international hub for several airlines like American, the places you can get to from Raleigh are staggering. The airport itself was conveniently placed directly in between Raleigh and Durham, and I was easily out of the airport, in my rental car and in downtown Durham well...

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  • A shopping Mall in Durham, NC

    This was one of the malls I visited during some trips to North Carolina's Triangle area. This was a visit made one evening after a bit of a long day in meetings.There was a group of us from work in attendance, and we all split up to shop. The only purchases I made from here, were some books from Barnes & Noble.The photograph of my goodself was...

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  • Enormous New Mall

    Located in the southern part of Durham just off of I-40, this mall was built only a few years ago but it's quite easily the biggest in the area now. There is a big outdoor as well as an indoor section. The outdoor part has some nice ambience (speakers in the bushes, benches, fountains with sculptures) and there are several good restaurants here,...

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Durham Local Customs

  • Camping out for Duke Tickets

    Part of the reason that Cameron Indoor Arena holds so much mystique for college basketball fans is around the difficulty surrounding getting a ticket. With enough students to fill the entire arena alone, Duke University has put in place measures which limit the number of students who get to attend each game. Cameron Crazies, as they are known, will...

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  • Hoops Crazy!

    Durham is home to the Duke University Basketball program, one of the best in the country and if you're here, you better pick your team. You see, Durham is one corner of what's known as the Research Triangle. Duke in Durham, UNC-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill and NC State in Raleigh are the three schools in the area and each is supported well by crazy...

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Durham Warnings and Dangers

  • Night drivers beware

    There are certain times of the year when the local gangs are "initiating" new members.I found this out,luckily not 1st hand, but through people I worked with at the local hospital.What these "want to be" gang members do,is drive around in the dark/dusk with no headlights on,when some kind person coming the other way see's this,they flash their...

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  • Crime

    There is a high crime rate in Durham, maybe not as high as some other American cities but recently, and with the help of the media, it has become an image problem for the city of Durham. Though there is some truth to the rumor of high crime here, dont' be afraid to go out and do anything if you find yourself in the area. Just be wary, if it looks...

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  • Da Ghetto

    be careful when you go to Durham, It does have a high crime rate. stay away from east Durham (that is where most of the gangs are at) try to be careful in Bragtown, the Dearborn dr. Cheek rd. and Alston ave. areas, the projects (you will know them when you see them) and Downtown at night.anywhere you are be sure to lock your doors and carry your...

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Durham Tourist Traps

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    by acemj Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    Nah, it's Duke's West Campus, but it was inspired by Cambridge and it provides a great atmosphere for students and tourists alike. Pictured here is the Allen Building.

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Durham Off The Beaten Path

  • Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

    Penny's Bend Nature Preserve is an 84-acre preserve in northeast Durham. The bend is a horseshoe-shaped curve in the Eno River just upstream of where it flows into Falls Lake. The land is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and managed by the NC Botanical Gardens. Penny's Bend is a diabase sill, which is harder than surrounding rocks and less...

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  • Treyburn Country Club & Golf Club

    Treyburn country club is a upscale country club located 24 miles outside of Durham, NC inside a gated and meticulous residential community. It has a great swimming pool, tennis courts facility and walking paths throughout the course. The Golf Course was designed by Tom Fazio, is a 7,070 yard Championship Golf Course (Par 72), and was named "Best...

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  • Cutting Edge Dive Research

    The Divers Alert Network Headquarters is here in Durham, as is the Duke University Hyperbaric Research Center ( Recompression Chambers used when divers get the"bends"). If you're a Scuba diver or pilot, these places are definitely worth stopping in for a look. These folks do cutting edge research into the science of differences in pressure affect...

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Durham Sports & Outdoors

  • Wallace Wade Stadium

    If you want to see a Duke basketball game – and I know you really, really do – then you have to promise to go to some Blue Devils football games. That’s part of the school’s football ticket sales plan. Yeah, it’s a bummer, right? Duke hasn’t made a bowl game or had a winning season since 1994.What makes it even worse is that when I was a student...

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  • Duke Sports Hall of Fame

    Although I very dearly love Duke University and love to sing her praises to anyone who will listen to, or read, it, I am becoming very discouraged by working on tips or pages up to an hour only to have my ISPs (and I have used several) or the VT server delete or refuse my input. If anyone else has that problem, please let me know. I worked over an...

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  • City of Champions?

    New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Durham. Where can we go to see top quality athletic events, Alex? Durham is not world renowned for its athletic teams but perhaps it should be. Duke and North Carolina Central Universities have won a total of six national collegiate basketball and football championships in the past 20 years, four in basketball and...

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Durham Favorites

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    by acemj Written Oct 16, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Durham has historically been a tobacco town and is now most well-known for its university, but you'll also find some other attractions in the city. For more information, try the following website:
    http://dcvb.durham.nc.us/

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