Stuck on a North Carolina layover at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)? As a hub for American Eagle, the airport serves North Carolina’s triangle region and is located in roughly 14 miles from downtown Raleigh, 14 miles from Durham and 18 miles from Chapel Hill, which makes these destinations accessible for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your North Carolina layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the Raleigh airport during your North Carolina layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport offer shopping and restaurants, and a number of services including wireless internet, XpresSpa, money exchange and ATMs, shoe shining, an interfaith chapel, a florist, and more.
There are a few Airline clubs and lounges in the airport as well, including the American Airlines Admirals Club on the second floor of Terminal 2, the U.S. Airways club in Terminal 1 across from Gate A22, and the Delta Airlines Sky Club which is planning on opening December 2010 in Terminal 2.
The airport also offers the following art exhibits to enjoy at the airport in between flights, and the RDU Observation Park where passengers can watch planes land and take off from the airport’s longest runway. A playground and picnic tables are nearby.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotel options available near the airport. For a list of hotels near the airport in Morrisville, click here. You can also find hotels in Raleigh here, Durham here, and Chapel Hill here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your North Carolina layover, taxis are available outside the airport – click here for more information and rates. In addition there are shuttle and limo services, rental cars, as well as bus and rail.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Raleigh, North Carolina:
If you want to stroll around and see some exhibits during your layover, there’s a lot of museums in Raleigh to choose from including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural Sciences, Artspace, and the Marbles Kids Museum.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Durham, North Carolina:
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Chapel Hill, North Carolina:
The Morehead Planetarium is a great place to take the kids on a North Carolina layover, and here you can find planetarium shows, exhibitions, events and activities.
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