Durham in North Carolina is home to the "Cameron Crazies", Duke University students who regularly camp out all night to ensure they get a ticket to a game at the Cameron Indoor Stadium the next day. The graduates from the university aren't all mad, as the city is known as the "City of Medicine" for its contributions to biotech, pharmaceuticals and medicine in general. This is despite the "Tailgate" event that had to be closed down when an inebriated "someone" passed out in a porta-potty. Richard Nixon and the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, amongst other amazing people attended Dukes. Take note if you have any aspirations of getting married at the stunning Duke Chapel, this privilege is only for its alumni. This is definitely "brainy" territory as it is where the "barcode" was pioneered. It is also the site of the first ever sit-in during the Civil Rights era in 1957 and where Martin Luther King uttered those words "fill up the jails" outside the White Rock Baptist Church.
A vibrant city built on the back of Durham's tobacco trade, the American Tobacco Historic District has a huge number of places built between 1874 and the 1950's well worth exploring, that now has been crowded out with shops and restaurants to pop into. The Sarah P Duke Gardens are for when you want to escape into the woods, whilst the Duke Lemur Center is the world's largest sanctuary for prosimian primates (aka lorises, tarsiers and lemurs). You can even have a picnic and an introduction to one of the in-house guests, if you are lucky enough to be around when the center has a "Lemurpalooza" event. For the inquisitive mind there is the Museum of Life and Science, the Nasher Museum of Art for the cultural buff and for the historian, the Stagville State Historic Site, that was once the largest plantation in the south of America.
You won't get bored in Durham, as the list of things to do just keeps on going.
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