Weekend Getaways

It’s Not All Schools and Tech: 10 Reasons to Plan a Trip to NC’s Research Triangle

When you think North Carolina’s Research Triangle, large corporations such as IBM, Cisco Systems and GlaxoSmithKline probably come to mind. However, the state’s research region—comprised of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill—offers all the elements you need for a memorable weekend getaway. Here are 10 reasons to forget about work and just have fun:

1. Ultimate University Hub

Research Triangle is home to three major universities: Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Check out these top colleges and cheer on your favorite team at a game, grab some fan gear and learn more about the history of the campus.

2. Entertainment & Music Scene

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Hear live music while you’re in town. (Photo: Alamy)

Hit the town in Durham and enjoy a Broadway-style show or live concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Catch top artists from all genres perform in a beautiful outdoor setting in the heart of Raleigh at Red Hat Amphitheater. Listen to the latest in local talent at Chapel Hill’sCat’s Cradle venue.

3. Carolina BBQ

A trip to NC isn’t complete without trying North Carolina-style barbecue, traditionally featuring a red sauce comprised of ketchup, vinegar, pepper and other spices. Don’t miss top spots like Durham’s nationally renowned Backyard BBQ Pit. Lick your fingers clean after tasting the pit-cooked pork shoulder.

4. Delicious Dining

Head over to Sheraton Raleigh’s Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar to enjoy down-to-earth comfort foods with an emphasis on Italian-American cuisine. Watch your favorite sports team on large TVs throughout the restaurant while you enjoy a craft beer and wood-fired pizza. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, head to Angus Barn. This upscale steakhouse is a Raleigh icon.

5. Top Links

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Hit the greens and put away. (Photo: Alamy)

Tee it up at one of many notable golf courses in the area. For a course that suits all skill levels, head over to UNC for a round at their secluded Finley Golf Course. If you’re looking for a challenge, get in 18 holes at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State. The famed Pinehurst Resort is just an hour away from downtown Raleigh while Tobacco Road Golf Club is about 45 minutes away.

6. Run RTP

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Get wild and bright on a color run in the Research Triangle. (Photo: Alamy)

Hit the pavement and race around The Triangle on your next trip. Serious runners can be among the more than 10,000 finishers at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon. Or, shake things up at the Color Run, the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.”

7. Family Fun

The Triangle offers a variety of special events and programs to entertain the whole family. Grab the kids and head to one of the many museums, including Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, Museum of Life and Science in Durham and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

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There’s plenty for kids to do up in the trees. (Photo: Alamy)

Then, explore Frankie’s Fun Park in Raleigh for a round of mini golf, arcade games, road course go-carting and more activities.

8. Explore the Outdoors

Get out and experience the great outdoors on the hundreds of miles of hiking trails within the beautiful Research Triangle Region. Then, check out the Eno River State Park for activities like canoeing and fishing.

9. Turn Business into Pleasure

If your business travel takes you to Research Triangle Park, extend your trip through the weekend and invite the family to tour the area’s great leisure activities and attractions. Get some well-deserved R&R at a local spa, catch a live show or eat your way through the cities.

10. Exclusive Triangle Deals

Now is the best time to pack your bags and explore the vibrant Research Triangle Region. Check for great deals at one of the xx Marriott hotels in the area. Explore our best deals here and book your weekend getaway today.