Welcome to Durham, NC
Ever-changing. Never changing.
Durham is a historical haven, a sanctuary for the spectacular, and a rough-cut gem waiting to be unearthed. Durham’s been a destination on the move for more than 150 years. Perhaps it’s time you discovered it too.
Maybe you’ve heard about our celebrated food scene, top-notch universities or buzzing startup culture. There’s just something about this place. It transcends categories. Durham has something intangible, inspiring and absolutely alluring.
Before our sidewalks were lined with award-winning eateries, they were traversed by our first generation of industrious entrepreneurs. Seeds of equality and justice were planted here long ago, and they have blossomed into a colorful community where murals tell our proud story of inclusivity. We are where inspiration is found, where all are welcome and where the wild, wonderful, bold and beautiful come together in unexpected ways.
Want in? Come discover Durham.
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Hightail it to Durham
We give you permission to make the kids jealous. Come down the road less traveled and plan a getaway to Durham. At the crossroads of North Carolina, escape to find hidden gems, world-class eateries, and bold experiences. Don't let adventure pass you by.
If you find yourself asking 'Are we there yet?' We'll tell you: Yes.Plan Your Trip
Dine Outside at These Durham Patios
Here's how to eat well and enjoy warmer weather in Durham.
If you're visiting Durham and looking for an outdoor spot to meet up with a friend or family member, or if you're exiting off the highway and ready to explore, here's a list of places where you can feel safe eating outdoors and savor the flavor with a bit of elbow room.Learn More
Public Art & Inspiration Guide
Start your journey at the Visitor Info Center in the center of downtown with CCB Plaza and a famous 2,500-pound bronze bull just outside. Travel by foot, bike, scooter, bus, or car on a self-guided tour around the city and county to experience art while learning about Durham, enjoying unique attractions, and sampling local fare.Learn More
Support Durham's Black-Owned Businesses
The Durham community supports Black-owned businesses. Period. Here is a robust list of over 200 brick-and-mortar spots, entrepreneurial endeavors, and the next generation of Black business owners based in our community.Learn More