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North Carolina itinerary: Durham


Perhaps groups have heard about Durham’s nationally celebrated food scene, festivals or startup culture. Maybe they’ve heard that it’s a Southern city with a cosmopolitan streak — cool, cultured, but a little rough around the edges. Durham is that and more. Durham is barbecue and biscuits; locally sourced small plates and craft cocktails.

“Durham’s always moving, daring to be different and welcoming to all,” said April Ellerbe, director of sales and services at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “And, as the ‘Tastiest Town in the South,’ I can assure you that you won’t leave hungry.” 

American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North CarolinaPhoto: Estlin Haiss

American Tobacco Campus, Durham, N.C.


Once one of the largest cigarette factories in the world, American Tobacco Campus has been updated and revitalized into a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination for groups to explore. Enjoy live music under the iconic Lucky Strike Water Tower, stroll along rushing waterfalls and grab a bite to eat at a variety of local celebrated eateries.

Fullsteam Brewery

Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North CarolinaPhoto: Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C.


Fullsteam Brewery crafts beer that celebrates the farm traditions of the American South. With a variety of games and plenty of wide, open space, the tavern is perfect for large groups, conveniently located in the Central Park district. Don’t miss Fullsteam’s new food menu highlighting local flavors and specialties, with choices like blue crab fritters and spicy pimento cheese.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North CarolinaPhoto: Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, N.C.


The nationally renowned Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University. Named one of USA Today’s top 10 attractions in North Carolina, Sarah P. Duke Gardens includes an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, arched bridges and water features. Duke Gardens also has a cafe and visitor center.

The Durham Hotel

The Durham Hotel in Durham, North CarolinaPhoto: Spencer Lowell

The Durham Hotel, Durham, N.C.


The Durham Hotel is a boutique hotel in a renovated mid-century bank building. It’s home to The Restaurant, a concept from James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing that serves Southern-influenced American fare. Groups can also visit The Roof, a rooftop bar at the hotel specializing in handcrafted cocktails while offering sweeping views of downtown.

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau


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