Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Durham, NC!
Welcome to Durham, NC!
Nestled in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Durham is a vibrant and diverse city, with a reputation for educational excellence. Take a stroll through Duke University’s magnificent campus, with its iconic chapel, and see for yourself how dedication to research has become a large part of Durham’s identity. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the nation, the presence of Duke and North Carolina Central University, make Durham a top destination for healthcare professionals. It’s not all textbooks and lab coats here though, you’ll find Durham is full of surprises.
For instance, did you know Durham is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar? That’s right, lemurs in North Carolina! You can see them lounging around the Duke Lemur Center, an 84-acre sanctuary that houses some of the rarest and most endangered species.
If lemurs are not your fancy, Durham has an array of entertainment and activities to fit every personality. Mosey on over to Brightleaf Square for some window shopping, or see a Broadway show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The city is brimming with sports fans, so join the locals, and catch a foul ball at a Durham Bulls game. Take a tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium, where you’ll find memorabilia from Duke’s legendary Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. Durham’s mild climate makes outdoor activities possible year round. Head east for a beach day on the Atlantic Ocean, or head west to hike in the stunning Great Smokey Mountains. On a gorgeous Summer day, pack a picnic and head over to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens to enjoy the spectacular flora, and maybe an outdoor concert, free of charge!
Rich in History
For the history buffs, Durham has plenty to offer. Located in what is colloquially known as “Tobacco Road,” the city rose to prominence as a leader in American tobacco production in the 19th century, and roots of that era still run deep in the community. Picturesque historical sites from the Antebellum era dot the landscape of Durham and are certainly worth exploring. Start at the Museum of Durham History, where personal anecdotes and testimonials from Durham’s past transport visitors back in time.
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For something more modern, check out the Civil Rights History Walking Tour hosted by the Historic Preservation Society of Durham. This tour gives visitors an insight into Durham’s heritage; as a hub for African American led businesses, and a catalyst for non-violent protests during the Civil Rights movement.
Time to Grub
By now you’ve worked up an appetite, and there is no better place to be famished. Being a university town, Durham has an eclectic collection of restaurants that is sure to please any pallet. Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is a local favorite that just reopened, and specializes in southern comfort food.
If you’re in the mood for more world flavors, try the Lime and Lemon Grill, known for their traditional northern and southern Indian cuisine. Like any good college town, Durham also has a robust bar scene. Some great local spots include Bar Virgile, known for their quaint cocktails and prohibition era atmosphere. For something milder, try the Durty Bull Brewing Company. They use medieval brewing techniques to create fun and quirky beer flavors.
A bustling metropolis mixed with small town charm, Durham is a dynamic and exciting city ready to open their arms to the world. There is never a dull moment in the Bull City!
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