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A couple of vital things must be in your carry-on for any trip to Raleigh-Durham. First of all, don’t close your suitcase without that pair of trusty walking shoes. Whether your tastes run toward urban adventures or natural retreats, you’ll find plenty of on-foot exploring to do; we suggest a hike at the Eno River State Park if you’re an adventure seeker. If you’re looking for a day full of shopping to the point of utter exhaustion, your sneakers will come in handy for your shopping trip to Raleigh’s Cameron Village. And as you stroll on the campus of the University of North Carolina, you might even think back to your halcyon days at your university — though they may not be quite so idyllic as any time you’ll spend at UNC
We should also mention your GPS as an important item to bring along. Whether it’s on your iPhone or a portable Garmin, you’ll certainly need some guidance to navigate through the sprawling collection of towns that make up Raleigh-Durham. Though the towns are only a few miles apart, it’s easy to become disoriented, especially if you’re an out-of-towner. The locals will be more than happy to help you out, though, if you’ve left the navigation at home, extending that unquestioned charm and Southern hospitality.
Casual and relaxed is the atmosphere in this area. Comfortable shoes, shorts and short-sleeved shirts are the general uniform, especially if you plan to walk around the universities or do some shopping in the area’s many shopping centers.
North Carolina has four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being temperate and nice, summer being rather warm and winter being chilly. We would suggest to pack for the weather and also for what you are coming to the area for. Hiking or walking shoes are a good idea if you would like to enjoy Umstead State Park and our other nearby natural resources.