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Raleigh-Durham Ranks High on Vacation Destination List

Posted May 25, 2007

— The Raleigh-Durham area is near the top of another list for best places.

This time, it’s the vacation destination list.

Hotwire.com has ranked Raleigh-Durham as number three on their list of places to get more vacation for your money.

Atlanta topped the list with Dallas right behind in the number two slot. Coming in fourth and fifth places were Orlando and Kansas City.

This is the second year the Raleigh-Durham area has ranked on the list.

Thrifty travelers visit this popular college-town area because it’s easily accessible from most major cities along the East Coast.

Some places you can visit for free around here are:
- The Museum of Natural Sciences or the North Carolina Museum of History
- The Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Museum, the only one of its kind.
- Plus all the parks and lakes in the area.


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  • clickclackity2 May 27, 2007

    Vacation spot? There is absolutely nothing going on here this Memorial weekend that's fun! I try to get out of the area as much as possible.

  • lollly52 May 27, 2007

    Maybe we need to start a forum of brown recluse spider attacks or something equally scary. Bat bites? Rabid raccoons? Snakes in the sewers? Do the tourists understand that Central Prison is in the heart of Raleigh? Deranged escapee has residents hysterical with fear!! Oh, I know, from the other forum about New Jersey beaches — Camel rides banned in Raleigh –tune in to news at 11…

  • Awake in Wake May 27, 2007

    Not another list. The last thing we need is people visiting and deciding to stay. It is not that unbelievable to think that the area ranks high as a tourist attraction. Busloads continue to visit Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it is a big dump. Even if you gamble, there is absolutely nothing to do outside of the casinos. It is like vacationing in squalor.

  • nosouthernershere May 27, 2007

    Durham is to Raleigh as Harlem is to Manhattan. Durham would be the slum area to the west

  • nosouthernershere May 26, 2007

    who's paying hotwire for that little bit of mis-information to be released to the masses. Why in the world would anybody vacation in Raleigh, nc. It's all I can do to get out of here, even for a day. Raleigh is a great place to do nothing.

  • HangOn May 26, 2007

    The new Fayettville Street is a must-see!

    Can't miss the flea market.

  • S-O-L May 26, 2007

    You might get em here for one vacation, I doubt they will be back.

  • lollly52 May 26, 2007

    They say that vacation dollars are a great income source because they do not bring additional infrastructure and social needs (schools, jails, Medicaid). I guess we ought to encourage these vacation lists and try to get off the best place to live lists. Vacationers could try petting zoo - watch laws and sausage being made at the legislature; art - time + light tower on Capital; and for exercise - try eating downtown at night and then chasing the tow truck when they haul off your car. LOL

  • enderby May 26, 2007

    This is hilarious. Not only visit the museum, but you could also shop at one of the many beautiful grocery/drug store strip malls. Or how about this - try your luck with a short drive to Rocky Mount where you can buy scratch off lottery tickets.

  • lorirn4321 May 26, 2007

    I've lived here all my life. I love it here. But vacation? What, lets see, we could go to Pullen Park, um... the movies...um,