Dubbed The City of Oaks, Raleigh is a destination that wows foodies, nature lovers, history buffs and travelers who appreciate places full of character and charm.
In 1972, Raleigh in North Carolina was founded as the area’s capital city. It was named after Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh. Now its a thriving metropolis that leads the east coast in the technology sector.
See And Do In Raleigh, NC
Raleigh is an entertaining place to visit and your Instagram feed is going to look fabulous, filled with images of historic landmarks, delicious dining and surroundings that show off how much Mother Nature blessed Raleigh. Here are a few not-to-be-missed spots.
The North Carolina Museum Of Art houses an impressive collection of works that have been collected since 1947. Book a tour for in-depth information during your visit.
North Carolina Museum Of History always has interesting exhibits on show or coming up as well as their permanent collection of artifacts and historical materials about the history and heritage of North Carolina.
Visit the North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences to view geology, flora and fauna and fossil collections relating to North Carolina. Innovative events and programs are exciting and educational.
The Raleigh Beer Trail is your invitation to sample the area’s best brews. You can download an app to get 15 free beer samples and win prizes.
Pullen Park in downtown Raleigh is a scenic 66.4-acre public area where you can roam the natural pathways and enjoy nature. There are also amusement rides, a cafe, courts and fields and playgrounds to enjoy.
Where To Eat In Raleigh, NC
You will be in foodie heaven in Raleigh. Everyone raves about the quality of the food scene there, and we have to agree it’s pretty amazing.
The Angus Barn Steakhouse is a favorite dining option if you love juicy steaks, fresh seafood and divine desserts. Iron Chef America winner Walter J. Royal is in the kitchen to hint at how outstanding every bite will be.
If the acquired taste of oysters is your thing, 42nd St Oyster Bar should be on your food radar. The raw bar is complimented by the seafood grill and an impressive wine list.
Bhavana Brewery offers an interesting combination of dim sum, books, flowers, and of course, craft beer. If you like quirky places, drop by for an ale and some quality Asian food.
Where To Stay In Raleigh, NC
Raleigh is dotted with quaint neighborhoods, all with many accommodation options to suit every kind of traveler. We have our eye on the following places that will make you wish your vacation started tomorrow.
Classic tradition embraces elegant style at The Mayton, which has rooms and suites that belong in a luxury travel magazine. You will not regret booking a stay at this fancy boutique hotel.
The Fearrington House Inn is owned by RB and Jenny Fitch, who are passionate about hospitality, history and luxury travel experiences. It’s all reflected in every moment of your stay at this beautiful hotel.
21 C Durham is a unique stay as it is accommodation with a multi-venue contemporary art museum, gym, sauna, spa and restaurant on site. The downtown location is perfect for exploring too.
- Population 469,000
- Capital City of North Carolina
- Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
- Home To North Carolina State University
North Carolina Museum of Art
The NC Museum of Art is free to visit and has collection galleries span more than 5,000 years, with new exhibits on display often. The Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature, and is a must see.
Transfer Co. Food Hall
Located in downtown Raleigh, Transfer Co. is a one stop shop for tons of local favorites. It’s the perfect place to go with friends, with an abundance of food options to satisfy all cravings.
Heights House Hotel
This historic home has been transformed into a stylish, quaint boutique hotel in the heart of Raleigh. The Parlor is a gorgeous place for drinks, and each of the nine guest rooms is expertly decorated.
TOP FIVE PICKS
Where To Stay
- The Umstead
- Guest House Raleigh
- Graduate Chapel Hill
- Origin Hotel Raleigh
- The Durham Hotel
What To Eat
- Mofu Shoppe
- Side Street Restaurant
- St. Roch
Grab A Drink
- Whiskey Kitchen
- Trophy Brewing
- The Green Light
- Watts & Ward
- Raleigh Denim Workshop
- Father & Son Antiques
- Raleigh Vintage
- Quercus Studio
- ZEN Succulent
Things To Do
- North Carolina State Capitol
- Pullen Park
- Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden
- Drive Shack
- Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Arts & Culture
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- James B. Hunt Library
- Pope House Museum
- Contemporary Art Museum
- Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Spas & Wellness
- The Spa At The Umstead
- Skin Sense
- Lorena Luca
- 21C Museum Spa
- Blue Water Spa
- Neuse River Greenway Trail
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
- Falls Lake
- Historic Yates Mill County Park
- William B. Umstead State Park
THE PERFECT WEEKEND IN RALEIGH ITINERARY
- Check in at Heights House Hotel
- Explore historic downtown Raleigh
- Enjoy some award-winning barbecue at Sam Jones BBQ for dinner or Stanbury Restaurant
- Grab some gelato at Amorino
- End the evening with specialty cocktails at Watts & Ward or The Green Light
- Spend the morning at North Carolina Museum of Art
- Head to brunch at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar
- Explore Pullen Park and James B. Hunt Library
- Grab a snack at Transfer Co. Food Hall in Downtown Raleigh
- Enjoy an afternoon session at the luxury spa in The Umstead
- Want something more outdoors? Ride/hike along Neuse River Greenway Trail
- Dinner at Jolie or Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern
- Nightcap at The Parlor in Heights House Hotel
- Grab coffee and breakfast on a neighborhood walk to Boulted Bread
- See the North Carolina State Capitol
- Grab a tasty burger at Jack Tar and The Colonel’s Daughter for lunch
- On your way out of town stop by Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve and Historic Yates Mill County Park
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