Research Triangle Hotel Just Two Miles from the Airport
With three major universities in the area—UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and North Carolina State—it's not surprising that things in North Carolina's Research Triangle revolve around campus life. But the fact that the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill feel like one big college town can have its advantages—a vibrant arts scene and wide-ranging culinary options among them. Located two miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Country Inn & Suites is ideally located so that guests can take in all the area has to offer.
The 87-room hotel offers a slew of convenient amenities, including free Internet access and complimentary breakfast. At the morning buffet, you'll find southern classics, such as biscuits and gravy and housemade waffles, alongside healthier options, including a create-your-own-parfait bar. After breakfast, you can stop by the hotel's fitness center or take a dip in the heated indoor pool or whirlpool tub.
Morrisville, North Carolina: Academia Meets Southern Hospitality in the Research Triangle
Morrisville is situated in the Research Triangle, within a 20-mile radius of the three cities that make up the points of the triangle: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Thanks in part to the large number of international students living in the area, it's not hard to find Indian, Japanese, and African restaurants catering to locals and out-of-towners alike. You can also sample some of the region’s famed barbecue. In greater Raleigh, there are seven craft breweries, many of which offer free tours.
Art galleries and museums are plentiful as well. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences—the largest museum of its kind in the southeast—features four floors' worth of interactive activities, live animals, and exhibits, including one displaying the only dinosaur skeleton with a fossilized heart. Best of all, admission is free.
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