Heading to Durham, North Carolina you will most likely want one of two things in the book department: a guide or information on Duke University; there are plenty of great options for both and a few extras as well.

For history on the area you can start with "The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina" by Milton Ready. But if it's guides and photography you're more interested in, the following books are great:

  • "North Carolina Off the Beaten Path, 7th (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Sara Pitzer
  •  "Durham, North Carolina (Images of America)" by Stephen E. Massengill
  • "North Carolina Weekends" by Lynn Setzer.

Rand Mcnally makes a great map of the city and can save you some time with gas station-direction questions-pitstops.  Or better yet, drop by the Visitor Center for a free street map.  It is located at 101 East Morgan St downtown.

Duke fans can find pleasure in reading up on great university's history, sports stories, and more; there are many books out about ol' Duke. For some juicy information check out "Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Off the Record)" by Margaret Campbell and Andrew Collins. Basketball fans can pick up "100 Seasons of Duke Basketball: A Legacy of Achievement" by Bill Brill and Mike Krzyzewski. But if you are just in search of a guide go with " The Campus Guides: Duke University" by John Bryan.