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Which are to stay?


My husband and I are thinking of visiting Durham from the UK next spring for a few days during our vacation. Whilst we are there we would not have a car - could you please adivise which is the best area in which to stay (is there a good downtown) where we would be able to walk to bars and restaurants. Do you think we are better to stay in Durham or Raleigh


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1. Re: Which are to stay?

Is there a particular reason you'd like to visit the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)?

Chapel Hill is a small university town, but has a free bus system and is small enough that it's easy to walk around most of the downtown areas. It's pretty picturesque. It's fairly easy to get around.

I haven't tried Durham's or Raleigh's bus systems. There is a triangle area bus system as well that runs into the Research Triangle Park business/industrial center.

I think you will get folks who live in Raleigh that will say Raleigh is the best place to stay and folks who live in Durham will say that Durham is the best place to stay and since I live in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, I'm biased towards my town. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in all three areas.

Do you have dates for your travel?

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2. Re: Which are to stay?

Thanks for this - it will be in May of next year - probably around the 16th

thanks again for your help

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3. Re: Which are to stay?

I'm biased toward Chapel Hill area too! There are worthwhile and interesting things to do/see in each of the Triangle cities (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), but the most picturesque, historic and charming of the areas is Chapel Hill...including small towns of Carrboro and Hillsborough. The beautiful historic UNC-Chapel Hill campus, gardens, plus many historic homes, etc..also nice shops, art galleries, good restaurants and bars, and not just for the college crowd. http://www.visitchapelhill.org/ visitchapelhill.org/activities/… unc.edu/interactive-tour/landmarks/index.htm

Just FYI, I wouldn't plan to arrive in the Triangle area any earlier in May than May 16th. Mother's Day weekend, (Mother's Day 2012 is Sunday, May 13th) is Graduation/Commencement weekend for most of the area colleges and universities. There are huge crowds of people from out-of-town in all the Triangle that weekend; hotel rates are extremely high, and most hotels are booked months in advance. By May 16th most college kids, and the crowds will be gone; it should be a very nice, quiet time to visit.

Charlotte, NC
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4. Re: Which are to stay?

Here are some links to public transportation:

Durham: http://data.durhamnc.gov/Index_DATA.cfm

Raleigh: http://www.raleighnc.gov/transit/

Chapel Hill: www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=1176

also this web has links to all the others & info.


Airport to cities:


Durham downtown: http://www.downtowndurham.com/

What to see: http://www.durham-nc.com/

As much as I like Carrboro/Chapel Hill, if you only have a day or two, stay in downtown (Durham) , especially if you like a lot of good music around 19th (not sure of next year's event... there is .Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Admission is free

Bimbé durhamnc.gov/departments/…bimbe_index.cfm

Raleigh has one great museum:



Edited: 10:13 am, July 19, 2011
Charlotte, NC
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Ok, here is the event calendar for Durham, you should check closer to the date, but annual events are listed.


If you decide for Durham & like some live music & want to meet a really mixed crowd, go to Pinhook Pub.

Great for everybody, IMO.




Not too far is Marriott:


Edited: 2:11 pm, July 20, 2011
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6. Re: Which are to stay?

Durham has a free connector bus that runs between Duke West Campus/Medical center through downtown and to Golden Belt complex http://www.bullcityconnector.org/ This bus takes in the 9th St district as well as the Brighleaf area, lots of shops, restaurants, nightlife and bars all within very easy walking distance. Best places to stay that are close to this line and also easy walking distance are: Downtown Marriott, King's Daughters Inn, Duke Tower, Blooming Garden, Old North Durham Inn.

If you are flying into RDU, reserve a seat on the Super Shuttle to Durham supershuttle.com/en/RDUAirportShuttleRaleigh… or many of the lodging properties offer their own shuttle pick up if arranged in advance.

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