At the end of this month the wife and I are off to the Outer Banks for three days and then to Chapel Hill for four days. We plan to explore Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh for fun and possible relocation potential. What are the cool areas to hang out and the can't miss attractions/sites? I would love to find remnants of the Old South (i.e. BBQ shacks, seafood shacks, swimming holes, historic neighborhoods, etc.). We enjoy theatre and museums. We hate cookie-cutter subdivisions, eight-lane roads and strip malls, so steer us clear of that junk as much as possible.
So far on the agenda is: Franklin Street/Chapel Hill, UNC, Duke Street/Duke U., old North Durham suburbs, Glenwood South, State Capital, City Market, Boylan Heights, and Cameron. What other areas should we see? Any recommendations for non-cheesy jazz/blues bars or clubs? Any tacky things we need to see (mega-churches, NASCAR tracks, etc.)?