Durham by Day
A roughly two-hour trip from Wilmington, downtown Durham has undergone a revitalization in recent years that sprang forth a crop of foodie destinations, ultra-chic hotels, public art, and entertainment draws.
The city is home to 300 startups, a number of which are housed in the former American Tobacco complex that lay in ruins before Durham Bulls owner Capital Broadcasting Company purchased and renovated the million-square-foot campus.
A five-minute walk away is the Durham Performing Arts Center, or DPAC, which now in its tenth anniversary year presents major acts and touring Broadway shows - including Hamilton in November. In addition to the renowned Museum of Life and Science, there are lemurs, film festivals, river celebrations, art museums, local markets, and much more to be enjoyed.
So, if you need an excuse to hit the open road this summer - but don't want to venture too far - check out some of these stops and upcoming events.