As the fifth-largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 85th-largest in the United States, Durham is a vibrant, fast-growing Southern city. Whether you’re new to the “Bull City” or are a long-time resident, check out this list of some of the must-see destinations near downtown Durham. [find-an-apartment] For Fine Arts Fanatics: North Carolina Central University Art Museum Why: An important teaching resource and cultural attraction near downtown apartments in Durham, the NCCU Art Museum contains one of the most prominent collections of works by African-American artists, as well as featuring five special exhibits a year that have included lithographs by Nelson Mandela and photographs by leading civil rights-era photojournalist Alex Rivera. Where: 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707

It might be the summer's most obscure holiday, but August 26th is annually recognized as National Dog Day. The day was started 9 years ago by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, to honor dogs that serve the community: law enforcement canines, blind companion dogs and service dogs for the disabled.

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Even if your dog doesn't fall into one of those categories, your pooch still deserves to be rewarded for being man's best friend. While there are plenty of suggested ways to celebrate National Dog Day, below are Apartment Guide's ideas for games you can play in (or near) your apartment with your furry friend.

Here at Apartment Guide, we wanted to get a local sense of life in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona. We reached out to three Phoenix area bloggers to get their varied takes on the city. These notable, local Phoenix experts share from their own points of view the details you need to know to understand the city a bit better. How Phoenix is changing, where to visit, how to get around, great spots to eat... it's all here! David Bickford is the author and creator of the top-rated blog PHX Rail Food, “devoted to good eating along the light rail line that connects Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.” David’s is the number one Phoenix food blog as ranked on Urbanspoon.com. Scott Dunn of VisitPhoenix.com and The Hot Sheet Blog is a former journalist and now Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. Gwen Ashley Walters of Pen&Fork.com is a food journalist, professional chef, and award-winning cookbook author. She lives in Scottsdale, a nearby suburb of Phoenix. [find-an-apartment]

Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city, which means you may not ever get the chance to see and experience everything it has to offer. From museums to mountains, and from fine dining to great shopping, this Southwestern town is rich in history and culture. Whether you’re just driving through or want to learn more about a town dubbed Old Pueblo, here is a guide to get in as much of Tucson as possible in 24 hours. [find-an-apartment] Morning: Breakfast and a Museum

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As the days become shorter and nights grow longer, you may yearn for more sunshine in your apartment. Though you can’t control the weather, you can add happiness and warmth to your space by channeling all things feel-good and smile-inducing. Ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder before it begins by adding a few of the cheery objects or actions below into your home.

summer recipes

Eating light: it’s something we talk about year ‘round, but summer temperatures make it easier. Heat makes comfort food less comfortable. It’s never to late to add a few easy summer recipes to your culinary repertoire.

St. Louis Neighborhoods A Guide

St. Louis is known as the "Gateway to the West" to tourists, but locals are more than happy to simply call it the "Lou." No matter what you like to call this Midwestern hub, one thing's for certain: There are…

Useful Coffee Scrub

National Coffee Day is happening on September 29th and coffee lovers everywhere are rejoicing and heading to all kinds of shops to find free or discounted coffee. But what about the rest of the year when coffee isn’t so celebrated?…

Ever find yourself green with envy at other people's gardens? No matter how small the space, growing your own is easy when you use containers. Even the smallest of apartments can grow herbs, fruits, veggies and flowers with a little…

balcony garden

Create a tranquil and attractive balcony garden this summer with the right flowers and plants in your containers. Here’s the breakdown on what you’ll need for planting; how to keep your plants healthy; and which plants to choose for a beautiful display.

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