Travel Like a Local: Durham, North Carolina

Travel Like a Local: Durham, North Carolina

Explore a few of our favorite Durham destinations
Words by Ashley Locke

Durham, North Carolina, is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The city has become a hub for chefs, artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. The influx of creatives and outpouring of talent have made it a place where people want to live—but also a place where people want to visit. The opening of award-winning restaurants, hip breweries, live music venues, and art galleries has only increased Durham’s appeal.

The city is a perfect combination of the urban and outdoors. Besides its newly developing cultural scene, Durham is known for its enduring natural beauty. The naturescape is stunning year-round, with hiking and biking trails, state parks, nature preserves, and river views. No matter where in the city you are, a trailhead isn’t far away.

Though Asheville usually gets all the hype for its brewery scene, Durham has its own—and it’s thriving! Local breweries with pet-friendly patios are the ideal place to wind down after a day on the trails. Stocked with pilsners, stouts, IPAs (India pale ales), and sours, there’s something for every beer lover to sip on. 

When the travel bug bites, pack your bags and hit the road toward the hidden gem that is Durham. There’s no doubt you’ll leave feeling refreshed and inspired.


21c Museum Hotel
Located in downtown Durham, 21c is in the middle of it all. And the inside is just as fun as the city it’s nestled in. Besides the beautiful rooms, there’s also over 10,000 square feet of art exhibition and event space to explore!



Counting House 
With an inventive take on local North Carolina seafood, Counting House is sure to surprise and delight.

Cucciolo Osteria
Upscale Italian cuisine in a casual environment, Cucciolo Osteria rotates through a seasonal menu that always offers delicious plates and pastas.

Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets
This East Asian-inspired eatery and bakery brings twists on Japanese and Chinese cuisine to Durham—plus, all the pastries are made in-house.



Hit the Trails
It’s not hard to find hiking and biking trails in Durham. Whether you’re looking for a short trip or an all-day adventure, there’s a trail for you!

Museum of Life and Science 
The imaginative, hands-on exhibits at the Museum of Life and Science are something the whole family can enjoy.

Brewery Hopping 
From the Ponysaurus Brewing Company to Fullsteam Brewery, there’s a long list of breweries where you can stop for a sip or two. Don’t forget to catch the annual World Beer Festival each October!

Durham Performing Arts Center
Broadway shows, concerts, comedy skits, and dance festivals are all under one roof. DPAC always has something exciting in the books!

Underground: A Pop Up Cocktail Series in The Vault
The 21c Museum Hotel isn’t just a place to stay—it also brings a cocktail series to The Vault, where you can learn about cocktail history and taste unique spirits.