Trust us, you’ll want to bump this hip southern city to the top of your list.

Downtown Durham is the ultimate quick weekend jaunt for an avid city-stroller: I didn’t have to use an Uber or taxi once after arriving from the airport. The hippest point of the research triangle is filled with cozy restaurants serving up delicious twists on satisfying comfort food, bars that will make you forget you’re in a town of undergrads, and an arts scene to rival cities much larger. And every place you want to go is within walking distance.

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