Both Raleigh and Durham have a lot going on in their own Downtown areas on any given day, but it’s also worth checking out some of the other smaller downtowns on the outskirts of the big cities that offer their own individual charm, and many activities.

We have compiled a list of the six best small neighboring downtowns in Wake County and Orange County for you to enjoy on your next day-trip away from the Raleigh – Durham hustle & bustle.

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David attended The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City before relocating to North Carolina. His work has been published online in USA Today, Newsday, Huffington Post, Digital Trends, BuzzFeed, VentureBeat, Patch, Examiner, AOL, and others. David can now be found eating his way through the Oak City which he proudly calls home since 2014. Favorite activities that get him outside and away from his work-desk include visiting museums, art galleries, exploring the thriving culinary scene in Raleigh - Durham and of course spending time at the local dog park with his Shepherd.