Raleigh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Raleigh

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and home to a number of universities. Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, it has a handsome Downtown and a great food and music scene. The city is home to some excellent museums and galleries and the large student population helps to create an exciting nightlife.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Raleigh

1. Museums

Raleigh is home to some great museums, such as the City of Raleigh Museum and the North Carolina Museum of History.

2. Pullen Park

Pullen Park is an excellent nature park, complete with boat rental, hiking trails, fairground rides, and a lovely miniature railway.

3. Historic Sites

The city boasts many fascinating historic sites, such as Yates Mill County Park, Mordecai Historic Park, and Historic Oakwood.

4. Performing Arts

Raleigh has a number of good performing arts venues and organizations, such as Theatre in the Park and North Carolina Opera.

5. The Nightlife

The city has a great selection of bars and clubs, such as Noir and Goodnight's Comedy Club.

Where to Eat in Raleigh

The Armadillo Grill on Glenwood Avenue is excellent for Mexican, while the Falls River Smokehouse on Litchford Road is a great place for BBQ. You'll pay around $12 for dinner in a budget restaurant and $30 in a more upscale establishment.

When to visit Raleigh

Raleigh in January
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Raleigh in January
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Raleigh has a humid subtropical climate with cool winters and hot, humid summers. Spring is warm and dry and an ideal time to visit.

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How to Get to Raleigh


Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has good domestic and some international connections. The 100 bus will take you downtown for $2.25. A taxi costs around $33.


Amtrak runs services to Raleigh from New York; Washington, D.C.; and Florida. Fares from New York are around $97.


The I-40 connects Raleigh from the west and I-85 and 95 give access from the East Coast. U.S. 1 runs through Raleigh on its way from New York to Florida.


Greyhound offers services to Raleigh. Fares from New York start at $54.

Airports near Raleigh

Airlines serving Raleigh

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Where to stay in Raleigh

Best Western Raleigh North-Downtown has rooms from $56, while Sheraton Raleigh has a very central location and rooms from $139.

Popular neighbourhoods in Raleigh

Cameron Park - this is a historic area just to the west of downtown. It has a variety of Colonial Revival and Queen Anne architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Capitol Area Historic District - this is another historic area. In the heart of downtown, it has a number of examples of Classical Revival and Late Gothic Revival buildings.

Historic Oakwood - this area is full of splendid mansions and the Oakwood Cemetery. It is renowned for its gardens and Christmas Candlelight Tour.

Where to stay in popular areas of Raleigh

Most booked hotels in Raleigh

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Raleigh Sw Nc State, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Embassy Suites Raleigh - Crabtree
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Capital Blvd I-540
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Hampton Inn & Suites - Raleigh Downtown
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown
Good (7.3, Good reviews)

How to Get Around Raleigh

Public Transportation

Capital Area Transit and the Triangle Transit Authority provide bus services in and around Raleigh. Fares are from $2.25.


Raleigh has plenty of reliable taxi firms. Fares are an initial $2.45 and then $2.50 per mile.


Raleigh has a simple grid road system, with the U.S. 401 being the main route through the city. Car rental is from $35.

The Cost of Living in Raleigh

Shopping Streets

Seaboard Station in downtown is the place for local independent stores, while the Crabtree Valley Mall on Glenwood Avenue is the largest mall in the region.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Raleigh is priced at $0.92 and a dozen eggs costs $2.77.

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