What exactly is the Research Triangle? The Research Triangle, aka The Triangle, is a section of North Carolina with a population of a little over two million and anchored by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill with a vast science and medicine industry. In these cities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with NC State and Duke Universities help to create the area's dynamic, passionate, and constantly evolving culture and society. Really, The Triangle, considered one of the best places to live, is like one big city with multiple different communities that possesses a delicious food scene, a vibrant arts culture, and a strong young professionals community.
If you are considering moving to the area, looking to learn more, or just trying to get your bearings, we encourage you to check out the below sites. We love The Triangle, and we hope you do too! Need more recommendations or have a question about living in The Triangle? Email the Chiefs!
– Over a thousand performers and of course food and activities.
– Attracting a crowd of over 10,000 a year, it’s the largest Diwali fest in the South.
– A festival celebrating the Triangle’s diverse LGBTQ community.
– A yearly Chapel Hill event with an artist market, hands-on activities, and local food.
- An annual music, art, and technology festival with focus on electronic and experimental sounds.
Art of Cool
- A growing and remarkable jazz festival every year in Durham.
NCCU Art Museum
– One of NC’s leading collections of works by African American artists.
UNC Basketball Game
– An obvious favorite in the Dean Smith Center. Tickets can be found, we promise. And yes, there are other ACC schools right here in the Triangle as well but you must choose your allegiance wisely.
– A great minor league baseball stadium that also serves local NC beer.
- Quaint shop in Carrboro where you can get unique gift for special occasions.
- The big and nice mall in the area with a movie theatre and Target nearby. There is also a Best Buy, World Market, Pier 1, and Nordstrom Rack across the street.
Carr Mill Mall
- In Carrboro with some shops and good restaurants in side.
- Essentially a little community in Chapel Hill with stores and restaurants
- A funky mall in Chapel Hill with some high end and obscure stores. Also houses Southern Season
which is one of the best gourmet food/cooking stores you’ll find.
- Because sometimes you want a book store! Phenomenal Chapel Hill place.
– Chapel Hill’s local music venue. Nationally known and brings artists far and wide.
– Presents a diverse collection of music, paintings, and theatre.
Haw River Ballroom
– A pretty ballroom in Saxapahaw that gets a small but impressive line up.
– A small venue in Chapel Hill bringing in some of the smaller but great acts.
– One of Raleigh’s small venues that has lots of bands come through.
– Venue in Durham across from Fullsteam.
Triangle Art Works
– If you just want to see a list of all the local theatre/performance groups.
NC Beaches – It’s really just a few hours away, and makes for a spectacular weekend.
- A wonderfully quirky city in the mountains just a few hours away. A great weekend trip!
- UNC’s Botanical Gardens. Great for a run, walk, or stroll
– A beautiful garden that is free and open to the public. Worth the trip.
– Best cooking store, with wine tastings on Fridays, and cooking classes galore.
– With multiple vineyards in the area and state, it can make for a nice afternoon.
Maple View Farms
– A fresh dairy farm. One of our residents loves to bike to the farm.
- A very, very well regarded spa in Cary. With a spectacular restaurant and hotel attached.
- Go on multiple food tours to some great restaurants throughout The Triangle!
- With one of the best restaurants and small hotels in American, a great place to take the family.
As you can see, there is a lot to do in the area, and every month there are more activities to be found, restaurants opening, and events happening. We hope you can take the time to enjoy some of our favorites.