State Capitol

The Triangle

A fine example of Greek Revival architecture, North Carolina’s handsome state capitol was completed in 1840. Despite the risk of running into legislators and lobbyists skulking in strange corners, visitors can wander at will on weekdays, peeping into assorted historic chambers. Saturday visits are on (free) guided tours only.

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Nearby The Triangle attractions

1. North Carolina Museum of History

0.09 MILES

For a comprehensive, evenhanded and engaging look at the story of North Carolina, immerse yourself in the state history museum. Starting with a 3000-year…

3. North Carolina Museum of Art

4.12 MILES

Expanded in 2010 with the completion of the stunning, glass-and-steel West Building, this superb museum stands 6 miles west of downtown. Ranging far and…

4. American Tobacco Campus

20.93 MILES

The massive former American Tobacco factory has been transformed into a million-square-foot cavalcade of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Still…

5. Nasher Museum of Art

22.18 MILES

Set amid the Duke University campus woods, this impressive futuristic cube displays art from around the world and across the ages. Only a small portion of…

6. Sarah P Duke Gardens

22.5 MILES

These heavenly gardens on the Duke University campus include 55 acres of koi ponds, terraced rose gardens and magnolia groves. On warm afternoons, they…

7. Museum of Life & Science

22.52 MILES

There’s something to appeal to every child at Durham’s Museum of Life & Science, 3 miles north of downtown. Its main building, stuffed with everything…

8. Duke University

22.67 MILES

Although it can trace its history back to 1838, Duke University became a university, and took its current name, in 1926, thanks to a major endowment from…