Durham is a colorful and creative community that continuously earns accolades as one of the best places in the U.S. to visit, live and do business. It is one of three municipalities – along with Raleigh (the state capital) and Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina – that form the Research Triangle, known worldwide for its outstanding research universities, innovative technologies and entrepreneurial spirit.

Durham also boasts a wealth of natural beauty; has more than 550 restaurants; and hosts performances, festivals and sporting events year-round. North Carolina’s beautiful beaches are a few hours to the east, while the rugged mountains to the west are popular for hiking, fishing, boating and skiing.

In addition, Durham is only a short flight and reasonable driving distance from New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., giving students access to a wealth of cultural and professional resources during their studies.

Learn all about Duke’s hometown! 

Some Favorite Durham Links

Best of the Bull is a website and social media channel “for explorers to find the best things to do, places to eat, drink, and see in Durham.” Visit Best of the Bull.

Discover Durham is the official tourism website for Durham, but even long-time residents will find something new to discover about our city. Visit Discover Durham.

The Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs is Duke’s official organization responsible for maintaining strong connections to our city and its residents, and improving our shared quality of life. 

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