NAEP and NCAEP look forward to welcoming you to this vibrant exciting city located in the east central portion of the Piedmont region.  Conveniently located just 15 miles from the Raleigh-Durham airport, the city is experiencing a revitalization in its postindustrial phase and creating a new identity based on its distinct districts and neighborhoods that offer nationally recognized restaurants and note-worthy attractions.

The downtown area boasts an amazing array of restaurants, bars, breweries, galleries, retail and other options – many of which are within a short walking distance of the Durham Marriott City Center Hotel, the NAEP host hotel.

If walking is not part of your plan, the Bull City Connector is a fare-free bus which makes stops throughout the downtown area. 

Durham is rich with culture – from native Piedmont blues to turn-of-the century tobacco warehouses that have been transformed into offices, retail and dining.  The Bull City offers new arts and entertainment nightly.  Truly, there is something for everyone.

Several blocks to the west and accessible via the Bull City Connector is Duke University, consistently ranked one of the best universities in the world.  The Chapel has re-opened after a year-long renovation which included repairs and renovation to ensure that the Chapel retains the look and feel of its more than 80 year life.  The Sarah P. Duke Gardens offer quiet spaces to explore and enjoy the outdoors. 

Another Duke attraction, the Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation and public outreach.   Tours are offered daily and advance registration is required.

There is truly something for everyone in Bull City.  We look forward to hosting you in this renaissance city.

For more on Durham, NC, visit http://durhamnc.gov/.