Happy 4th of July!
What can you do in 48 hours in North Carolina to have a memorable experience?
That’s exactly what this post will address since I recently took a trip to North Carolina to visit my cousin who is doing her PhD at Duke university. I’ll be sharing my highlights from the short two day trip to North Carolina as well as my recommendations on where to go and eat. So, lets get right into it.
North Carolina is located in the Southeastern part of USA. It is home to Duke University, University of North Carolina (hello captain obvious), Krispy Kreme, and great college basketball teams (as a matter of fact, Michael Jordan was a part of University of North Carolina’s college basketball team prior to his NBA days).
Where to go:
Check out: Duke University and the Duke Gardens
Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina is a private research university. As my cousin is doing her PhD at Duke, she took us around Duke University.
Fun fact: The Duke Chapel is a dream venue for weddings and so naturally, many Duke students want to hold their marriage ceremony inside the Duke Chapel. While that is lovely, the wait line for it is long and so there is a camping tradition that has been going on for decades now. In other words, students can be seen camping outside the chapel to get a chance at having their dream wedding at Duke!
Now you may be thinking…cool, looks like a great university but WHY would I want to visit Duke university?
Let me tell you why! You see, when I say ‘check out Duke university’, I am not saying you need to book a full on tour, however, it doesn’t hurt to simply take a look at the university area, given that there is rich history and the fact that Duke happens to be one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. But if you’re still not convinced…what if I told you that the University has a huge, beautiful garden that is open to public for no charge, 365 DAYS A YEAR! Sounds nice doesn’t it? Well, the garden that I am talking about is none other than Sarah P. Duke Gardens and I can tell you this much, it is worth a visit!
Duke University Gardens
Go for a nice stroll at the Duke Gardens, where you could literally spend an hour to two hours here and still have more section of the gardens left to explore after all, the garden is huge! This is definetly a great place to wander especially on a nice sunny day.
Visit: The American Tobacco Campus – Historic District
As I walked through the courtyard at the American Tobacco Campus, the chill breeze hit me; it was such a great feeling and the water flowing through was very calming. This place definetly has good vibes!
There are canals and small waterfalls that make the place an enjoyable experience for all. When you look around you, you can spot Burt Bee’s and Lucky Strike’s factory. At the centre of the campus, you will find the Full Frame Theatre, where free screenings are often shown. Plus if you are lucky enough, you may also be able to attend a concert in the area because on certain days during the summertime, there are live concerts! There are also local restaurants in the area but the American Tobacco Campus is not well known for it’s restaurants as they are said to be just average. So, my tip would be to do as many people do when visiting the area – and that is to head downtown instead for food, where you will be sure to find more food options!
Now, if you are like me and you love shopping, you know that you can always make some time for it. After all, although I was in North Carolina for a short time, amidst going to places and seeing things, I was still able to make some time to shop… I mean, a girl’s gotta do her shopping right?
*If you are in the Durham area, I would reccomend you to make your way to the Southpoint mall and Tanger Outlets.
Visit: Raleigh – The Capital of North Carolina
I did not get to spend much time in Raleigh but I made sure to capture some moments from my time there. Take a look for yourself:
When in Raleigh, if there is one place you should be sure to check out…I would recommend checking out the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. After all, this is a fun and interesting place that people of all ages can enjoy.
Taste: Southern food
You have to try Southern food if you are in North Carolina, that is a no brainer! Below are some of my recommendations:
Where to Eat:
- Beasley’s Chicken and Honey, Raleigh
- Motto, Durham (Fusion: Italian and Southern taste)
- The Original Q Shack, Durham
- Bojangles, many locations around North Carolina – be sure to try their famous fried chicken and biscuits.
AND there you have it, my recommendations and highlights from my trip to North Carolina. I only stayed in North Carolina for 48 hours and based on my experience, I created this post. If only I had more time to explore North Carolina, you know I would have loved to. But because I was there for a short period of time, I thought – instead of creating a very long and detailed post, I’d create a short post so that you can use the recommendations from this list to cover some of the best spots in North Carolina if you happen to be there for a short period of time as well.