Flights to Raleigh-Durham
The Raleigh-Durham area located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina has a unique history steeped in the prodigious cultivation of tobacco and the production of cigarettes. The Duke family of Durham was particularly successful at the endeavor, and their name is emblazoned on the many institutions they founded in the area, including Duke University.
But in the mid-1950s, a move was made to attract high-tech companies to the area, so Research Triangle Park was established. The effort was so successful, the geographic area that encompasses North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has come to be called Research Triangle or, more commonly, the Triangle.
That concentration of colleges has greatly influenced the Raleigh-Durham area in many significant ways. For one thing, collegiate sports – particularly basketball – are hugely popular attractions. In addition, the affection for beer runs so deep, more than 25 craft breweries call the area home. And where there’s craft, there is an excellent foodie scene.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has two terminals serving nine international, domestic, and regional airlines, including Delta Air Lines. More than 400 flights arrive and depart daily, providing non-stop service to 57 domestic and international destinations.
Both terminals have a selection of restaurants and shops, but Terminal 2 has the largest variety. Shopping outlets include Marshall-Rousso, Ruby Blue, Brighton, Brookstone, Hudson News, PGA Tour Shop, Benefit, and Best Buy Express.
Dining options include Char-Grill, La Tapenade, Starbucks, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Carolina Ale House, Gordon Biersch, and Jason’s Deli.
- Taxi Inc. is the only licensed taxi service. Dispatchers are located outside Baggage Claim 3 at Terminal 1 and outside Baggage Claim 1 at Terminal 2.
- Many hotels offer shuttle service from the airport. In Baggage Claim, visit the Accommodations and Reservations board to inform the hotel of your arrival.
- Go Triangle bus service provides transportation on Route 100 to and from the Regional Transit Center where passengers can connect to bus routes that serve the region. Pick up is outside Terminal 1 and on the lower level outside Baggage Claim at Terminal 2.
- Private car services and rideshare services pick up outside Baggage Claim at Terminals 1 and 2 in the brown limo zone.
- Rental car agencies provide courtesy shuttle service to their offices on airport grounds. Pick up is outside Baggage Claim at Zone 5 at Terminal 1 and Zone 18 at Terminal 2.
Take a taste test of craft beers on the Raleigh Beer Trail. More than 25 craft breweries are located in the area, including Big Boss Brewing Company, Compass Rose Brewery, Fainting Goat Brewing Company, Crank Arm Brewing Company, and Lynwood Brewing Concern. Or just visit the Raleigh Beer Garden, a two-level establishment with a rooftop deck and 366 beers on tap.
The food scene is on fire in Raleigh. Check out Brewery Bhavana, named a top 10 restaurant by Bon Appetit, or one of chef Ashley Christensen’s many restaurants, including Chicken + Honey and Poole’s Diner. She was named Chef of the Year by Eater.
The massive historic redbrick complex in Durham called American Tobacco was formerly the home of an enormous cigarette factory founded and operated by the Duke family. The 1-million-square-foot, multi-use entertainment district features apartments, offices, a theater, and a dozen of restaurants and bars. It’s also the site of concerts, festivals, and other special events throughout the year.
Duke Lemur Center in Durham, home of 250 lemurs represents 21 different species. This is a non-invasive research center, so you have to schedule a tour in advance, or you can sign up to shadow a lemur keeper and observe a research session.
Built in 1926 as a home for aging women, The King’s Daughters Inn is an elegant, eco-friendly boutique hotel with the feel of a B&B near Duke University. There are 17 guest rooms and suites, no two alike, and they were renovated and operated. Amenities include breakfast, afternoon tea and in-room spa services.
For something more modern, Aloft Durham Downtown is a medium-sized hotel with 134 guestrooms decorated in contemporary, colorful design flourishes. Located in the American Tobacco Historic District, it has a gym, splash pool, and bar.
Located in downtown Durham in an historic Art Deco building, 21c Museum Hotel offers 125 high-ceilinged rooms, as well as more than 10,000 square feet of exhibition space filled with contemporary art, a restaurant, bar, spa, and fitness center.
Raleigh-Durham has a subtropical humid climate and experiences four distinct seasons. The hottest months are June, July, and August, when average highs hover in the high-80s with average lows in the mid- to high-60s. The coldest months are December, January, and February with average lows in the low- to mid-30s and average highs in the mid- to low-50s. On average, Raleigh-Durham receives more than 48 inches or precipitation a year, about four inches of that is snow. Between 3 and 4.5 inches of precipitation falls every month on average.