You’ve probably heard the Raleigh area referred to as the “Research Triangle.” Some folks say there are more PhDs per capita here than anywhere else. There are a lot of high-tech research facilities, but the main reason could be the universities. There are over 10 colleges and universities in the triangle area defined by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. A visit to at least one should be on your list.
You can start with North Carolina State University right there in Raleigh. NC State athletics has created quite a name for itself and there’s always a Wolfpack game of some sport going on. Season after season. The campus is divided into several distinct areas connected by a Free Expression Tunnel. Stroll the Brickyard, and feel like your back in college again.
Up the road sits two powerhouse institutions worth a visit. Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are sometimes declared the epitome of college life nowadays. Besides classic college architecture and feel, each one provides an interesting excursion. And they’re only nine miles apart.
Often considered the “Ivy League of the South,” Duke buildings look like they really could be in the Northeast, or even England. Tall Gothic structures of learning are everywhere, but there’s also the basketball arena, Coach K’s old stomping ground. Exploring the campus, you can easily take in the ultra-modern Asher Museum of Art, known for its medieval and pre-Columbian collections, as well as the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, one of the finest in the entire southeast.
Next up would be UNC in nearby Chapel Hill, so close that suddenly the whole rivalry between these two schools becomes very clear. Several quads form the UNC campus, but take time out for the Carolina Basketball Museum and the nearby Carolina Botanical Garden, the largest in the southeast.