Discover a selection of 364 vacation rentals in Durham that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $45 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Durham. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Soak up North Carolina history in Durham

Ask some people, and they’ll say Durham is an exciting college town with the kind of nightlife that’ll get anyone bopping. Ask others, and they’ll describe it as a major historic area whose centuries-old heritage can be felt on street corners, and in preserved homesteads. The truth is, Durham is all of this and more. Home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University, it has artistic attractions alongside buzzing brewpubs and tantalizing restaurants, and you can soak it all up like a local resident with Durham vacation rentals, which include historic homes with relaxing porches and hot tubs in their backyards.

Things to do

Attractions for the whole family in Durham

Head over to the Durham Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performance venue where you can enjoy Broadway musicals, acerbic stand-up comedy, and gigs from major names in rock and pop. Or, you can survey the exhibits at the Nasher Museum of Art, which boasts Mayan and Peruvian treasures, and particularly focuses on artworks by those who have been marginalized by history. Kids, meanwhile, will particularly adore the Museum of Life + Science. It lets visitors play with interactive science exhibits, walk amid colorful, fluttering butterflies, meet alligators and black bears, and walk amid life-sized dinosaur statues.

Activities

Living history in Durham

Take a trip to Bennett Place State Historic Site to pay homage to the site of the largest troop surrender during the Civil War. You can see reconstructed buildings, museum exhibits, and living history demonstrations of the events of April 1865. Just as poignant is Stagville, which was one of the largest slave plantations in the South. Guided tours will take you to the plantation owners’ houses, as well as the cabins where the enslaved community slept. Another historic area close to Durham vacation rentals is the American Tobacco Campus. A monument to Durham’s tobacco-making heritage, its industrial buildings have been transformed into a hip campus studded with restaurants and live music venues.

Weather

Seasonal escapes to Durham

The city itself has enough going on to keep you busy whatever the weather, but if you’re susceptible to the heat, then steer clear of summer and aim to visit in either spring or fall. It’ll be warm and fine, providing all the impetus you need to head out to explore the historic streets and outdoor attractions around Durham.

Natural features

Getting close to nature in Durham

Durham may be a historic urban center with the converted industrial spaces to prove it, but all of this is sandwiched between 2 swathes of nature at its most untamed. To the west is Duke Forest, a vast area owned by Duke University, where you can hike into the deep forests and feel like you’re a million miles away from city life. To the east of Durham, you’ll find Falls Lake State Recreation Area, where you can recline on sandy beaches or go looking for vibrant wildflowers, towering oaks, and charming locals like white-tailed deer and wily red foxes, as well as bluebirds and goldfinches.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Durham

Fly into Raleigh, NC (RDU-Raleigh - Durham Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.5 mi (16.8 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Durham Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Durham?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 364 vacation rentals around Durham. From 142 house rentals to 58 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a city-center property in Durham?

One word (or maybe three) — location, location, location! There's nothing quite like spending your getaway where the action is at. Vrbo has 27 centrally located getaway rentals available. Alternatively, you might prefer to try something different. Vrbo has a great range of options, including:

  • 13 town vacation rentals.
  • 12 rural vacation rentals.
  • 7 water-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Durham?

If you want to live like a local and love having lots of room to move, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 131 options listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $17 per night. If that doesn't agree with your squad's taste, we've got a range of other property types available, such as:

  • Hotel: 126 vacation homes. Prices start from $43 per night.
  • Townhome: 28 vacation homes. Prices start from $69 per night.
  • Condo: 25 vacation homes. Prices start from $50 per night.

Can I stay in Durham in a large group?

Getaways with your favorite people can be so much fun, particularly when you're staying under the same roof somewhere new! If you'll be visiting with a big group, Vrbo can help you out. House vacation homes are the leading choice here for large groups of travelers. Our global database presently has 34 available. Properties around this area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 89 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Spend a night from just $66.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be pleased to hear that there are 38 vacation homes perfect. The starting price is $99 a night.
  • Trying to find properties for rent catering to 5 people? You'll be delighted to hear we have 37 that'll be ideal. You can get one from just $69 per night.

You and your crew will be more than satisfied when you organize your Durham vacation with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Durham?

Friends become our chosen family. Reconnect with those who truly matter and book a cost-conscious vacay with Vrbo. Northeast Raleigh is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 13 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $86 a night, it's not difficult to see why. North Hills is another place worth considering. Vrbo has 23 rentals here, and the average price is around $114 a night.