Downtown Durham, NC is a growing city in the heart of the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).

City Guide: Durham, NC

Learn about this charming city in the heart of the Triangle.

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Rich history meets bullish innovation

Durham, NC is more than the old tobacco town it once was. Also called the "City of Medicine" or "Bull City", it's full of great people, food, jobs, nature and much more!

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Durham's history

In the Mid 1800s, Durham exploded in growth due to the production of tobacco which created jobs for thousands of families. The founding of NC Mutual Life Insurance Co, and the creation of the M&F Bank, helped create the famous "Black Wall Street". Durham is also home to Duke University, one of the nation's leading private universities.

Today, the city of Durham is home to the American Tobacco Historic District, Durham Performing Arts Center, and much more. Durham is also apart of the Research Triangle and is home to dozens of biotech and software companies. The city is thriving, and it's easy to see why.

Raleigh-Durham by the Numbers

One of the fastest growing metro areas in the country!


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This is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in the heart of the ever-growing American Tobacco Campus

Downtown Durham

The restored area is now home to Brightleaf Square and the American Tobacco Historic District where you can shop, eat, and walk around.

Enjoy a concert or musical at DPAC, check out the 21C hotel’s art galleries, or catch a local show at Motor Co or Pinhook. If sports are more your thing, make sure to catch a Durham Bulls game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

This is the Durham Hotel's Roof Top Bar. There are great views of downtown Durham and amazing cocktails and snacks.

Food & Drink

Durham’s food scene is at the heart of Durham’s culture. Believe the press and the locals when they say that Durham is a "foodie city". Whether you are in the mood for hand-rolled sushi at M Sushi, fresh pasta from Mothers and Sons, or southern BBQ from The Pit, there is something for everyone!

If you need a quick coffee break, Cocoa Cinnamon and Cloche Coffee are two local favorites. For beer lovers, try Ponysaurus or Bull McCabe's in downtown, or if you're a diehard cider fan, Bull City Cider Works. Learn more about all the great Durham restaurants in our blog.

Food-lover's Paradise

Durham has an eclectic and star-studded food scene with cuisines ranging from sushi to tapas, to dumplings and burgers.


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Durham has tons of nature! Don't miss the Eno River State Park

Outdoor & Recreation

Immerse yourself in nature at the Eno River State Park or take a stroll through the Sara P. Duke Gardens, both a short drive from downtown. In the fall, visit Spring Haven Farm to carve a pumpkin while hanging with baby goats.

Every Saturday, visit the Durham Farmers Market for local produce and vendors. This is only the start of what Durham has to offer and we know you will feel right at home!

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