What is the best way to see Raleigh-Durham in one day?

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The best way to see Raleigh-Durham in one day is to start with a walk down Chapel Hill’s main strip, Franklin Street. The main thoroughfare is home to most of the city’s restaurants, bars and shops — including the Shrunken Head Boutique, a UNC sportswear store filled to the brim with Carolina Blue Tarheel gear.

In Raleigh, make a stop at the North Carolina Museum of Art to peruse its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and more than 5,000 years of art. And bring your appetite to Durham, where you can find some of the best sweets at LocoPops and Scratch, neighborhood bars like Fullsteam Brewery and dining at Magnolia Grill, Four Square, Watts Grocery and Piedmont. It’s certainly a lot of ground to cover, but by the time you’ve seen it all (or at least what a day permits), you’ll get a much better feel for why so many students choose Raleigh-Durham as the place to spend the best four years of their lives.

Jim Beley

There are several unique ways to see the towns in our area. Downtown Raleigh offers tours via trolley or Segway to see sites like the gingerbread-style governor’s mansion, Moore Square, the state capitol building, and the historic Oakwood district. To have a taste of our foodie culture, try Triangle Food Tours. This organization offers six delicious food tasting and walking tours throughout downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, downtown Durham and downtown Cary.

Theresa Chiettini

The best way to see Raleigh-Durham in one day is to start with a walk down Chapel Hill’s main strip, Franklin Street. The main thoroughfare is home to most of the city’s restaurants, bars and shops. In Raleigh, stop at the North Carolina Museum of Art to peruse its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and more than 5,000 years of art. Bring your appetite to Durham, where you can find some of the best sweets and neighborhood bars. It’s certainly a lot of ground to cover, but by the time you’ve seen it all, you’ll get a much better feel for why so many college students choose Raleigh-Durham as the place to spend four years of their lives.
 
There are also several unique ways to see the towns in our area. Downtown Raleigh offers trolley and Segway tours to see sites like the gingerbread-style governor’s mansion, Moore Square, the state capitol building and the historic Oakwood district. To have a taste of our foodie culture, try Triangle Food Tours.

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