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Unique Attractions in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

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Raleigh

The capital city of the state, Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” due to its clean streets lined with beautiful oak trees that lead to the center of the city. Here are just some of the unique destinations you shouldn’t miss when in Raleigh:

North Carolina Museum of Art.This museum features an extensive and dynamic collection of contemporary American, European, Egyptian and African pieces, with numerous exhibitions from collections from all over the world. What makes this museum particularly outstanding is the fact that it has a 164-acre park which features trails and is scattered with interesting outdoor art sculptures and installations.

Carousel Farms. Experience a different kind of rodeo with Carousel Farm’s fast-paced and exhilarating professional bull riding show. Featuring talented and specially trained cowboys and cowgirls as well as seasoned veterans from Professional Bull Riders, this is a show you’ll never forget. If you want to experience the thrill of riding a bull yourself, you can try Carousel Farm’s mechanical bucking bull for one heck of a ride! The arena is located on Louisburg road in Raleigh and is open every Tuesday night.

Durham

Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Founded in 1934, this 55-acre botanical garden located inside Duke University is open to the public everyday, free of charge. Considered as one of the top 10 gardens in the U.S., it is a place for relaxation, learning, and enjoying the magnificent natural beauty of the Piedmont.

Bennet Place Historic Site. This historical site was where the negotiation for the Civil War’s largest troop surrender was held.Here Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and Union General William T. Sherman laid down their arms to discuss a peaceful resolution to conclude the Civil War in the year 1865.

Chapel Hill

Morehead Planetarium and Science CenterLocated in the University of North Carolina campus, this planetarium is considered as one of the largest planetariums in the U.S. Its facilities include a 68-foot full dome planetarium, interesting exhibits all year round, and a beautiful outdoor botanical garden among many others. If you’re looking for something that will inspire both kids and adults alike, this planetarium is one of your best bets while in Chapel Hill.

Progression ClimbingThis climbing facility is the first and only bouldering gym in Chapel Hill where you can challenge yourself to climb steep boulder structures no matter what skill level you’re at. This 35,000-square-foot facility offers you a unique way to spend the day while in the Triangle area.