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Best Local Scene in Raleigh/Durham

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American Tobacco Campus

Once the home of the American Tobacco Company for which it is named, The American Tobacco Campus is now a flourishing urban center known for its restaurants, shops, art galleries, and theaters. The district consists of 17 restored historic structures built between 1874 and the 1950s, some in Italianate, Romanesque Revival, and Art Moderne styles. A marvel of urban renewal, the district is a pleasure to simply walk through.

Durham, NC, United States
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North Carolina State Fairgrounds

With more than 344 acres (139 hectares) of land and a total of 398,000 square feet (36,975 square meters) of building space, North Carolina State Fairgrounds is the best rental facility in Raleigh. The fairground consists of many buildings that can host conferences and seminars. Also, the grounds are host to various local festivals, exhibits and trade shows. The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is also famous for its North Carolina State Fair and weekly Fairground Flea Market.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Brightleaf Square

Once the center of Durham's famously successful tobacco industry, Brightleaf Square is housed in two large early 20th-century brick warehouses. Stroll the original cobblestone walks and enjoy the flower-filled courtyard that separates the two buildings. Inside you'll find high-end specialty shops catering to young Durham professionals. Check out the latest men's fashions at B. Hyman and Company, browse the wares at Horizon Gallery and hunt for that perfect accent piece at James Kennedy Antiques, Ltd.

Durham, NC, United States
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Downtown Raleigh

One of the most happening districts in town, Downtown Raleigh is home to a number of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and even shopping destinations. Business and event spaces as well as art museums and galleries can be found here. If the entertainment options weren’t enough, a number of historical builds are also peppered all over the neighborhood. Events like artists exhibitions, beer dinners, music performances and dance nights are also common. However, it's the Winterfest and the Farmer's Market that draw in the most crowds. If you to immerse yourself in the local culture, then a walk through this convivial neighborhood is a must.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Historic Oakwood

A nationally registered historic place, Oakwood is an enchanting neighborhood of restored and carefully maintained Victorian and Antebellum homes. With quiet, tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is ideal for an afternoon walking tour anytime of the year, but at its finest during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour, and the spring, when its impressive gardens come to life. The neighborhood is located next to Oakwood Park and bordered by East Franklin, East Jones, North Person Streets, and Linden Avenue.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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