12 things to Do, See, and Experience in Durham

12 things to Do, See, and Experience in Durham

Dirty, boring, and dangerous. Those were the words that formerly defined downtown Durham (and 20 years ago, those words weren't too far off-base). But a funny thing happened over the past decade or so. The abandoned factories that once blemished the landscape transformed into dazzling shops, restaurants, and condos. A slew of imaginative chefs brought new ideas and fresh flavors to town. Stunning new structures such as the Durham Performing Arts Center rose up, installing a sense of glitz in the town's smoky image. Before long, Durham became a place you wanted to be; not avoid. The town's amazing comeback hit the national spotlight recently when The New York Times named Durham one of the top places to visit in 2011, ranking it 35 out of 41 places worldwide.


So what makes Durham special? And what's there to do when you get there? We made the 80 mile drive east to find out. The following highlights 12 things to do, see, and experience in the Bull City a place, as its slogan aptly slates, "Where great things happen.

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