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With American Airlines flights to Raleigh-Durham, it's easy to plan a family vacation in North Carolina's Research Triangle. There's no shortage of things to do in Raleigh, from enjoying contemporary art to hearing live music. There are also many things to do in Durham, including visiting historic sites. Let your Raleigh Durham adventures begin!
One of our favorite activities in Raleigh, unexpected as it may be, is to visit the Contemporary Art Museum. Housed in a former warehouse, this space features multiple galleries. You'll be able to see a well-curated mix of exhibits featuring avant-garde works.
Exploring local breweries and wineries is another item high up on our list of things to do in Raleigh. If you can't make it to one of the area's breweries (where tours are often free), you'll be able to sample their wares in local downtown restaurants--which leads us to another of our favorite pastimes here: listening to live music. In fact, Raleigh has more live music venues than anywhere else in North Carolina, and it hosts several music festivals throughout the year.
Practically next door to Raleigh, you'll also find plenty of fun things to do in Durham. In particular, history buffs will be thrilled to visit Bennett Place. It's a simple farmhouse made famous as the site where Union General Sherman (whose headquarters were in Raleigh) met Confederate General Joseph Johnston to accept the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. And at Duke Homestead, you can tour the farm and home where Washington Duke first grew tobacco (the family eventually crafted the largest tobacco company in the world). And yes, that's the same family after whom Duke University is named. Finish up your historical tour at Historic Stagville, home of the one of the largest plantations in the pre-Civil War South. By 1860, the Bennehan-Cameron family had approximate combined holdings of 900 slaves and 30,000 acres of land.
For modern-day activities in Durham, visit the Museum of Life & Science (which includes a butterfly house that kids will love) and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (which features an extensive collection ranging from the Medieval period to contemporary art). And whether you're a movie aficionado, baseball fan or both, you'll enjoy a Durham Bulls game during the season.
There is almost no end to the fascinating attractions you'll find in The Triangle. Fly to Raleigh-Durham and find a new angle on a fun family vacation. Browse flights and start planning your trip today!