New York Times names Durham to top cities to visit list

Posted January 12, 2011

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— Durham has been named one of the top 41 places to go this year by the New York Times.

At No. 35, the Bull City is tucked in between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Kosovo.

“Durham’s a cool city. I agree with that,” Durham software developer Jess Martin said Wednesday.

The article, which appeared in this past Sunday’s edition of the New York Times, cited Durham’s reborn tobacco warehouses and crop of downtown restaurants and cafes.

Larry Karnowski, a Durham-based software developer, was surprised by Durham’s placement on the list.

“I don’t know if it’s in the top 35 though,” Karnowski said.

NYT names Durham top place to visit NYT names Durham top place to visit

The article called out downtown favorites, such as Scratch, a bakery on Orange Street, and Parker and Otis, a restaurant on Duke Street.

Santiago, Chile, was named the top place to go in 2011. Miami came in at 41.


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  • DurhamDevil Jan 13, 2011


    I will say it one more time - keep your azz where you are because Durham does not need your approval.

    We are one of the top places to visit and live, in case you have not read the news lately.

    And don't forget to check your grammar and spelling.

  • AtALost Jan 13, 2011

    Is this a 'bet your life" travel list? I don't think being tucked "between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Kosovo" is a compliment.

  • 1secondlook Jan 13, 2011

    Durham keeps it real! LOL! OK? I guess we are keepin it real also. Durham is dirty, old, and full of crime! Dont forget to wear you vest!

  • Me again Jan 13, 2011

    WRAL removed this story from their top headlines and local newsbriefs in a hurry. Sure would hate for the RDU area to know the truth.

  • NCSU_JIM Jan 13, 2011

    Right between Kosovo and Kurdistan in Irag on the list hmmm

  • AppState Jan 13, 2011

    LOL @ the ignorance on here. Durham is a safer city than the likes of Charlotte and Raleigh by a landslide. But don't take my word for it, google it yourself. Of all the major cities (9 total) in North Carolina, Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham round out the bottom 3 in that order.

    Yes...I'm from D-town, live in Cary now and love working and hanging out in Raleigh. The departure of big tobacco from Durham created a huge vaccum and for a nearly 10 year span, downtown was terrible. However, the revitalization of Durham is on the incline and Downtown Derm is and will be a desireable place to visit yet again.

    I know that may disappoint some of you anti-Durham folks, but it's reality, so get over yourself.

    Oh...and I hate Dook. Go HEELS!!

  • DurhamDevil Jan 13, 2011

    1secondlook -

    Downtown Durham is thriving with the DPAC, Durham Bulls, and numerous restaurants at a time when people have to be careful about how they spend their money.

    Once again, if you don't want to visit, then we don't want you here.

    Durham keeps it real.

  • honorgetlow Jan 13, 2011

    WOW to all the wonderful people on here that that insist on making Durham the worst place in the world. please get out of the house more and explore. stop going by what you hear on your favorite news channel. Durham made the list.DEAL WITH IT.

  • BeKind Jan 13, 2011

    Durham does have a lot to be proud of, but the violence and the negative gets the headlines. Violence has always lived in some pockets of all cities, it just wasn't reported as easily as it is today, and it is not as contained to certain areas as it used to be. It spread like a bad disease.

  • 1secondlook Jan 13, 2011

    And for those who like to hate Durham, just keep spending your money here and then go back to where you came from. Really, we are fine with that. Jason

    None of us go to Durham to spend money! All the surrounding areas have ALOT nicer restaurants, shopping, and entertainment with out the need to wear a bullet proof vests!