North Carolina's state capital is buzzing these days. Long considered a sleepy Southern government town, it's undergone a major cultural renaissance in recent years. The once-homogeneous population has become increasingly diverse as people move from all over the country to work in the booming biotech and software firms of nearby Research Triangle Park. The US may be in a recession, but Raleigh is thriving. The renovated brick warehouses of downtown are filled with new restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques. Along with Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh is part of the so-called Triangle region, named for its shape on the map. The three cities, each with its own very distinct personality, feed off one another's energies, creating a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Durham is a former tobacco manufacturing town turned trendy art and food mecca. Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina, is a sweet little college town referred to by locals as "the Southern part of...See More heaven." It has an up-and-coming music scene and some of the best music venues in the state. Amid all this newness, Raleigh has maintained some of its best old traditions. Watching college hoops. Tailgating on football weekends. Chowing down on vinegary NC-style pork barbecue. Strolling the oak-shaded streets lined with the stately mansions of North Carolina's old-money families. Despite the growth, Raleigh maintains an old-fashioned Southern sense of welcome. Its residents are some of the nicest you'll find anywhere in America. So come on down, y'all, and check it out. See Less
Don't know where to go? Check out our 2 and 7 Day Itineraries to get an idea of what you could do in this great city!
2 DAY ITINERARY
1 Take a free tour of the State Capitol building, one of the country's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture.
2 Visit the Monets, Wyeth's and O'Keeffe at the North Carolina Museum of Art. If it's nice out, be sure to wander the museum's new 164-acre museum park, with hiking trails and interactive installation art.