During the late 19th century, Durham transformed from a rural unincorporated community into one of America's largest manufacturing centers of tobacco products thanks to industry tycoon George Washington Duke.
Home to the Research Triangle Park and Duke University, Durham is a major hub for technology, academics and health care. The historic downtown district boasts urban amenities such as performing arts venues, and the city offers access to pristine areas like Falls Lake and Eno River State Park. Dubbed the "Bull City," Durham's character has been strongly shaped by its once-thriving tobacco industry.
Check out some of Durham's finest offerings
Best Place for a Stroll:
The ideal setting for a stroll on a spring or summer afternoon is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which blooms with exotic roses and other flowers.
Best Boutique Shopping:
Located in restored brick warehouses, Brightleaf Square is a top destination for boutique shopping and fine dining. Nevertheless, more than 150 total stores make The Streets at Southpoint the best place to buy designer apparel and gadgets.
Best Place for Social Gatherings:
Lined with art galleries, chic bars and upscale restaurants, the historic American Tobacco Campus is perfect for social gatherings with family and friends.
Best Place to Watch Basketball:
When it comes to cheering on one of the most successful NCAA men's basketball teams of all time, Cameron Indoor Stadium is where you can sing the fight songs of the Duke Blue Devils.