Top 10 Reasons to Plan a Trip to the Research Triangle

Take a weekend trip to Research Triangle, North Carolina.


When you think Research Triangle, large corporations such as IBM, Cisco Systems and GlaxoSmithKline come to mind.  However, North Carolina's research region, comprised of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, has all that you need for an unforgettable weekend getaway. 

1. Ultimate University Hub

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

North Carolina Entertainment & Music Scene

Photo Courtesy of VisitRaleigh.com

Hit the town in Durham and enjoy a Broadway 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's Cat's Cradle venue. 

3. Carolina BBQ

North Carolina BBQ

Photo Courtesy of VisitRaleigh.com

A trip to NC isn't complete without trying North Carolina Barbecue, traditionally featuring a unique red sauce that is seasoned with ketchup, vinegar, pepper, and more flavorful spices. Don't miss top spots like Durham's Backyard BBQ Pit, North Carolina's BBQ representative on Yahoo!'s "50 States: the Best BBQ Across America" list. Lick your fingers clean after tasting the pit-cooked pork shoulder.

4. Delicious Dining

Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar at Sheraton Raleigh

Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar at Sheraton Raleigh

Head over to Sheraton Raleigh's Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar to enjoy down-to-earth comfort foods with an emphasis on Italian/American styles. 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 to entertain with fine dining, look no further than Angus Barn. This prestigious steakhouse is a Raleigh icon and sure to delight all palates. 

5. Top Links

Finley Golf Course North Carolina

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Tee it up at one of many notable golf courses in the RDU area. For a course that suites all skill levels, head over to UNC for a round at their secluded Finley Golf Course (pictured above).  If you're looking for a challenge, get in 18 holes at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State. The famed Pinehurst Resort (No. 5 on Golfweek’s list of "Top Public Golf Courses”) is just an hour away from downtown Raleigh while Tobacco Road Golf Club (No. 71 on the list) is about 45 minutes away.

6. Run RTP

Race around The Triangle

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

entertain the whole family

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 N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Then, explore Frankie's for a round of mini golf, arcade games, road course go-karting and more.

8. Explore the Outdoors

Eno River State Park

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

9. Turn Business into Pleasure

Research Triangle Par

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 activites 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

eight Starwood hotels in the area

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

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