Flights to Durham
Durham is North Carolina’s fifth largest city and it’s situated roughly centrally within this south-eastern state of the USA. The city offers a variety of cultural attractions and is also home to the Duke University.
Flights to Durham come to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (airport code: RDU), located outside the town of Morrisville. You can rent a car to get to Durham, or take a commuter bus. A flight to Durham can be booked with British Midland, Virgin Atlantic or South African Airways from South Africa, all of which have connections in London and New York. Delta Airlines goes a different route, and stops in Atlanta before going through New York City. Either way, the total flight to Durham from Johannesburg will be around 26 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions in Durham:
Although Durham’s history dates back to the early 1700s the city really prospered and grew during the 20th century with the expansion of two tobacco companies, Bull Durham Tobacco Company, and Washington Duke’s Duke and Sons Tobacco Company. Some of this history can still be found in the city today, though Durham’s industry has diversified. Tourism isn’t exactly big in Durham like it is in neighbouring cities such as Raleigh, but the city does still have some attractions of interest.
Museum of Life and Science
Situated within an area of 80 acres the Museum of Life and Science can be considered Durham’s largest museum! Its focus is on natural science and rather than being just another indoor natural history museum, this one has many outdoor sections and is a great place to visit for families with children; in fact this museum was at one time named the NC Children’s Museum. Exhibits include a nature park, farmyard, butterfly house, a train, café and more, plus the museum’s most notable exhibit is one the early NASA programme, called ‘Aerospace’.
Nasher Museum of Art
Another popular museum in Durham is the Nasher Museum of Art which was named after Raymond Nasher; an avid art collector and former alumni of the Duke University. The museum is located on the grounds of the university and features modern architecture and modern works of art totalling around 13,000 pieces. You’ll see works from artists such as Andy Warhol, John Singer Sargent, and many more.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
If you know your movies you may know the film ‘Bull Durham’ that was made in 1988 and starred Kevin Costner. This was filmed here in Durham and was based around the Minor League Baseball team the Durham Bulls who still exist today. This wasn’t the stadium that features in the film as it’s a new one, built in 1995 in an old architectural style. Try to catch a Durham Bulls baseball game while you’re visiting Durham!
A little way outside of Durham is the historic Stagville Plantation. This plantation was founded in the late 1700s and some of the old buildings are still very well preserved and operated as a museum, called Historic Stagville. In addition to the grander plantation houses you can see how the other half lived during this time as the old slave quarters can be seen within the Horton Grove Complex of the estate.
When Should You Visit?:
Durham has a humid subtropical climate that gives the city hot and humid summers with average high temperatures of 32C in July. Rainfall is fairly high and consistent throughout the year so there’s no months in which you’ll avoid the rain altogether. Winters are cooler than you might expect for this climate – the average high in January is 10C and light snow occasionally falls.