Central North Carolina

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  • 1. Duke Chapel

    Duke University | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Gothic-style gem built in the early 1930s, this chapel is the centerpiece of Duke University. Modeled after England's Canterbury Cathedral...Read More

  • 2. North Carolina Botanical Garden

    South Metro | Garden/Arboretum

    Part of the University of North Carolina, this tribute to native plants includes wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns, and grasses of the Southeast...Read More

  • 3. North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)

    North Raleigh | Museum/Gallery

    On the west side of Raleigh, the NCMA houses more than 5,000 years of artistic heritage, including one of the nation's largest collections of...Read More

  • 4. North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This interactive science park on 84 acres is packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity. There’s a two-story science...Read More

  • 5. Old Salem Museums and Gardens

    Old Salem | Museum Village

    Founded in 1766 as a backcountry trading center, Old Salem is one of the nation's most well-documented colonial sites. This living-history museum...Read More

  • 6. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    Duke University | Garden/Arboretum

    A wisteria-draped gazebo, the Carnivorous Plant Collection, and a Japanese garden with a lily pond teeming with fat goldfish are a few of the...Read More

  • 7. Ackland Art Museum

    University | Museum/Gallery

    Come and see one of the Southeast's strongest collections of Asian art, plus an outstanding selection of drawings, prints, and photographs as...Read More

  • 8. American Tobacco Campus

    Downtown | Commercial District

    This complex, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, houses apartments, offices, a theater, bars, and restaurants in a series of beautifully...Read More

  • 9. Artspace

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    A nonprofit visual-arts center, Artspace offers open studios, where artists are happy to talk to you about their work. The gift shop showcases...Read More

  • 10. Ava Gardner Museum


    Located in the hometown of the legendary movie star, this museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia tracing Gardner's life, from childhood...Read More

  • 11. Bennett Place State Historic Site

    Duke University | Historic District/Site

    In April 1865 Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to U.S. general William T. Sherman in this humble Piedmont farmhouse 17 days...Read More

  • 12. Bob Timberlake Gallery


    North Carolina's most successful artist is best known for his landscapes of the rural South, especially his native Lexington. Many of his original...Read More

  • 13. Carolina Basketball Museum


    You don't have to be a basketball fan to appreciate the passion and deep love for the game you'll encounter in Tar Heel country. This state...Read More

  • 14. Childress Vineyards


    Modeled after an Italian villa, this stately winery provides both an atmosphere and a level of quality that is not what one might expect given...Read More

  • 15. City Market

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    Specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a small farmers' market are found in this cluster of cobblestone streets. ...Read More

  • 16. Colonial Heritage Center

    Northwest Metro | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Situated near Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, this historic park draws you into the life of early settlers with a hands-on approach...Read More

  • 17. Duke Homestead

    Downtown | House/Mansion/Villa

    Washington Duke, patriarch of the now famous Duke family, moved into this house in 1852. It wasn't until he heard how the Union soldiers were...Read More

  • 18. Duke University

    Duke University | Educational Institution

    A stroll along the tree-lined streets of this campus, founded in 1924, is a lovely way to spend a few hours. Tours of the campus, known for...Read More

  • 19. Durham Distillery

    Downtown | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small craft distillery is racking up national and international awards for its Conniption American dry and navy-strength gins, as well...Read More

  • 20. Elsewhere

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    This Greensboro original—a combination art museum, studio, and school—brings complete sensory overload via an astounding explosion of art and...Read More

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