Native Americans of the Occaneechi and Eno tribes were the earliest settlers of Durham. Later English, Irish and Scots also came to this city. During the Civil War era, Durham was mostly an agricultural town. When the railroad industry started flourishing in the 19th century, Durham began to develop, as locomotives needed to take a stop to refuel with wood and water. After the passage of various military troops through the city, the demand for Durham's tobacco increased, resulting in a profitable trade. Eventually the city was incorporated in 1869 and named after Dr. Bartlett Durham, who gave his land to build the Durham station.
Durham's local culture is full of colour and entertainment. The city hosts various festivals like ablues festival, a jazz festival, art exhibitions, symphony concerts, and various other events. Most of these events are conducted at Durham's favourite center for culture, the Carolina Theatre. For foodies, you can hire a car in Durham and head to t Ninth Street, University Drive, or the Brightleaf areas where there are string of local restaurants offering amazing dining experiences. You can also visit the Nasher Museum of Art which features contemporary art to visitors.
A tourist friendly city since its early establishment, Durham has quite a few places of interest. You can rent a car in Durham and kick start your sight-seeing tour at the American Tobacco Campus, a million acre site of the Lucky Strike cigarette company which has been transformed into a complete experience full of restaurants, offices, historical buildings, and a lot more. Also worth visiting is the Bullington Warehouse, which is a brick structure that was used to make tobacco. It was built in 1927 and is one of the last ones to have been built in Durham. Other attractions include the Downtown Durham Historic District, Duke Homestead State Historic Site, and the West Point of Eno City Park, just to name a few.
Durham's road network allows for a convenient passage to other surrounding cities. You can take a car for rent in Durham and head to Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro-NC, Burlington-IA, or Fayetteville-NC for a weekend getaway or just a short trip. Apart from this, you can also participate in a host of other outdoor activities that Durham has to offer. You can go biking, hiking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, and a lot more, all within the Durham city limits.
With such an amazing list of things to do, see and experience, Durham is surely a great vacation destination for all kinds of travellers. Whether you want to come here with your family or your friends, you can rest assure of a wonderful vacation in this amazing city called Durham, especially if you have arranged in advance for a rental car.
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