Central North Carolina

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Duke Chapel

    Duke University | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Gothic-style gem built in the early 1930s, this chapel is the centerpiece of Duke University. Modeled after England's Canterbury Cathedral...Read More

  • 2. Museum of Life and Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This interactive science park on 84 acres is packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity. There’s a two-story science...Read More

  • 3. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    Duke University | Garden

    A wisteria-draped gazebo, the Carnivorous Plant Collection, and a Japanese garden with a lily pond teeming with fat goldfish are a few of the...Read More

  • 4. American Tobacco Campus

    Downtown | Business District

    This complex, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, houses apartments, offices, a theater, bars, and restaurants in a series of beautifully...Read More

  • 5. Bennett Place State Historic Site

    Duke University | Historic District/Site

    In April 1865, Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to U.S. general William T. Sherman in this humble Piedmont farmhouse, 17 days...Read More

  • 6. Duke Homestead

    Downtown | Historic Home

    Washington Duke, patriarch of the now famous Duke family, moved into this house in 1852. It wasn't until he heard how the Union soldiers were...Read More

  • 7. Duke University

    Duke University | Educational Institution

    A stroll along the tree-lined streets of this campus, founded in 1924, is a lovely way to spend a few hours. Tours of the campus, known for...Read More

  • 8. Durham Distillery

    Downtown | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small craft distillery is racking up national and international awards for its Conniption American dry and navy-strength gins, as well...Read More

  • 9. Hayti Heritage Center

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    One of Durham's oldest houses of worship houses this center for African American art and culture. In addition to local theater productions and...Read More

  • 10. Historic Stagville

    Historic Home

    Owned by the Bennehan and Cameron families, Stagville was one of the largest plantations in antebellum North Carolina, at 30,000 acres. Over...Read More

  • 11. Nasher Museum of Art

    Duke University | Museum/Gallery

    A highlight of any Duke visit, this museum displays African, American, European, and Latin American artwork. The collection includes works by...Read More

  • 12. North Carolina Central University Art Museum

    South/NCCU | Museum/Gallery

    Located in the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African Americans, this gallery showcases work by black artists. The permanent...Read More

  • 13. West Point on the Eno

    North Metro | City Park

    This 388-acre city park on the banks of the Eno River boasts a restored mill dating from 1778—one of 32 that once dotted the area. Also on-site...Read More

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