What is the best way to see Raleigh-Durham in two days?

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The best way to see Raleigh-Durham in two days depends on what type of traveler you are. We can help you sort it all out.

If you’re traveling with children, spend the morning at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and learn all about rocks and robots; then head over to the Magic Wings Butterfly House, a farmyard full of animals and hands-on wind experiments. Your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning. Make a pit stop at Locopops to reload the little ones on sugar. After you’re sweet tooth is satisfied, venture through the picturesque campus of Duke University and into the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for a beautiful outdoor adventure. On day two, it’s all fun and games at Pullen Park in Raleigh. With paddleboats and a carousel that’s on the National Register of Historic Sites, there’s a little fun for everyone.

If you’re a history buff, you can fill an afternoon walking through the historic campus of the University of Chapel Hill — one of the oldest universities in the country. Stroll across the quad of the first public university in the U.S. to admit students, way back in 1795. Feel the history of centuries-old bricks, then take a sip from the Old Well for good luck. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a roundball player or two — just look for the tall guys decked out in team gear. Leave time for dinner at one of the area’s best restaurants, such as Lantern, Acme Food & Beverage Co. or Crook’s Corner. And on your second day, head to Raleigh to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art, where you can gaze at thousands of years of art, all housed in one comfortable (and free) space. How you divvy up the itinerary is up to you, but rest assured that you’ll not run out of things to fill up several days in Raleigh-Durham.

Theresa Chiettini

If you’re traveling with children, spend the morning at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and learn all about rocks and robots; then head over to its Magic Wings Butterfly House, a farmyard full of animals and hands-on wind experiments. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning. Walk through the picturesque campus of Duke University and into the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for a beautiful outdoor adventure. On day two, it’s all fun and games at Pullen Park in Raleigh. With paddleboats and a carousel that’s on the National Register of Historic Sites, there is fun for everyone.
 
If you’re a history buff, you can fill an afternoon walking through the historic campus of the University of Chapel Hill — one of the oldest universities in the country. Stroll across the quad of the first public university in the U.S. to admit students, way back in 1795. Feel the history of centuries-old bricks, and then take a sip from the Old Well for good luck. When it’s time for dinner, try one of the area’s best restaurants, such as Lantern, Acme Food & Beverage Co. or Crook’s Corner. And on your second day, head to Raleigh to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art, where you can gaze at thousands of years of art, all housed in one comfortable space.
 
A car would be encouraged, since our area is spread between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Must-sees in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Art and Museum Park, the Contemporary Art Museum, North Hills shopping center, Umstead State Park, the downtown Raleigh trolley tour, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Marbles Children’s Museum. In Durham, you might want to visit the Duke University campus and Duke Gardens, a Durham Bulls baseball game, Streets at Southpoint shopping center, downtown Durham’s Farmers’ Market and the American Tobacco entertainment complex. In Chapel Hill, try Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street shopping, A Southern Season gourmet food shop and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

Jim Beley

We would encourage having a car, since our area is spread between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Must-sees in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Art and Museum Park, Contemporary Art Museum, North Hills shopping center, Umstead State Park, downtown Raleigh trolley tour, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Marbles Children’s Museum. In Durham, you might want to visit the Duke University campus and Duke Gardens, a Durham Bulls baseball game, Streets of Southpoint shopping center, downtown Durham’s farmers market and the American Tobacco entertainment complex. In Chapel Hill, try the Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street shopping, ASouthern Season gourmet food shop and the Carrboro farmer’s market.

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