Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake
County in the United States. It is one of the country’s earliest planned
cities and is nicknamed the ‘City of Oaks’ because of its abundant oak
trees. Raleigh derives its name from a famous British soldier and poet
named Sir Walter Raleigh.
Durham is a city in the state of North Carolina and the county seat of
Durham County, US. It is famous for its indispensable role in Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s Civil Rights Movement in 1960s. English explorer John Lawson
had nicknamed it the ‘Flower of the Carolinas’ for its picture-perfect
beauty in 1701.
Things to do in Raleigh-Durham
North Carolina Museum of Art
Located in Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the leading
art museums in the American South. It was opened in 1956 as the first major
museum formed by State funding. You should visit here to see its vast
collection of artworks that span last 5000 years and many countries.
Joel Lane House (or Wakefield)
Built in 1769, the Joel Lane House is the oldest house in Wake County. Full
of many 18th century artifacts and period furnishings, it is named after
the ‘Father of Raleigh’ and ‘Father of Wake County’, Joel Lane.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
Duke Homestead State Historic Site is the site of the establishment of
North America’s largest tobacco firm called the American Tobacco Company.
This company was founded in early 20th century by Washington Duke, who is
credited for his commendable performance in the American Civil War in
Best Time to Visit Raleigh-Durham
Spring and fall seasons (the months from March to May and from September to
November) are the best to book your flights from Seattle to Raleigh-Durham.
It is the season when you can have a great time enjoying the city’s
cultural event and festivals. Book your flights from SEA to RDU during
summers to enjoy famous cultural events like Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
& Half Marathon and North Carolina State Fair. It is advised to book
Raleigh-Durham flights in advance to avoid paying more during peak season.