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Durham's Sightseeing Tours

Find your perfect adventure and experience Durham with this list of tours in the Bull City.

Sure, it’s fun to explore Durham on your own, but an informative tour led by an expert guide with all kinds of insider knowledge that you can’t get anywhere else ... priceless.

Looking to learn more about Durham's African American history? Reserve a spot on a Whistle Stop tour. Want to simultaneously exercise and get a glimpse of some of Durham's incredible murals? Check out Preservation Durham's Murals by Bike tour.

Whether you’re visiting for a week or a weekend, or just ready to step out and discover more of the city you call home, this selection of tours will help you get up close and personal with Durham.

Whistle Stop Tours

Get ready to learn more about Durham's African American history on a storytelling tour with brief stops all around Durham.

Created by Aya Shabu in 2011, Durham's Whistle Stop walking tours strive to be a contributing voice in shaping the public memory of North Carolina’s slave past and African American achievement. With partnerships that include the Hayti Heritage Center and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, the tours celebrate the forefathers and foremothers of Durham’s Black Wall Street, Hayti, and West End neighborhoods.

Expect to see performers and activists, scholars and public historians, natives and long-time residents coming together to preserve African American neighborhoods by sharing their stories. Reserve a spot on a custom group tour available for birthdays, family reunions, professional retreats, class field trips, and more. (Bus tours are available upon request at an additional cost.)

Preservation Durham Tours

Preservation Durham has a mission to protect Durham’s historic assets and stories through education, advocacy, and action. They offer periodic, free walking tours and events centered around historic neighborhoods, sites and architecture in Durham. Check the site for details about upcoming events.

Tobacco Road Tours

For over 12 years, Tobacco Road Tours has provided tours, activities, and transportation services to the public. In 2009, Brad Kennedy and Lynn Lamont, both seasoned domestic and international travelers, desired to bring the history, culture, amenities, and lifestyle to guests in the Triangle. Try your best to sign up as early as possible for their popular Ghost Walk tours that sell out quickly, and check out the City of Medicine Walking Tour and the Sightseeing Bar Walk for a taste of history. Find details and book tours on their website.

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

Eat or drink your way through the "tastiest town in the South" (thank you for the name Southern Living) with these delicious foodie tour options!

The Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours take you around Durham and introduce you to the restaurants and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s hotspots. These tours include food tastings at five to six different restaurants and food shops, with splashes of wine and tastes of beer here and there.

Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons:

  • 1:30 Durham Downtown Tasting Tour
  • 3:00 Durham Downtown Evening Tasting & Drinks Tour

Schedules and menus are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability. Check the website for details.

Duke & NCCU Campus Tours

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Duke University make Durham an epicenter of collegiate brilliance. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, many discoveries await.

Duke University

Visitors can explore campus remotely with a virtual campus tour, and people are welcome to use the map of campus to tour the campus.


NCCU is offering student, family, and campus walking tours on select Mondays through Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Nature Tours

Escape the hustle and bustle for a taste of the outdoors on a bicycle, canoe, or kayak nature tour, with guides from Carolina Tarwheels, Two Sister's Adventure Company, and Frog Hollow Outdoors.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for one of these tour-riffic tours today!