Ever since watching "Bull Durham" as a kid, I've wanted to visit Durham, North Carolina. The film paints the picture of quintessential minor league baseball in a small, quaint Southern town.
Modern Durham and nearby state capital Raleigh are neither small or quaint. Instead they are examples of the modern South -- emerging tech and healthcare hubs trying to attract millennials with bustling food, arts and culture scenes. Both cities boast robust brewing industries and it's easy to spend an afternoon and evening bouncing between breweries and barbecue joints. And while the Durham Bulls might not be the ragtag team that boasted Ebby Calvin Laloosh on the mound, the AAA ball club has a truly incredible ballpark nestled in the city's Lucky Strike development. It's truly a model for other cities looking to redevelop industrial parks into modern living centers.