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What you should know about Raleigh

Founded as a tiny village in 1792, the city of Raleigh has grown to become one of the most progressive state capitals in the US. Its history is palpable in its many museums and stately 19th-century buildings, its intellect is apparent in 3 major universities, and its collection of quirky boutiques and galleries are a testament to its artistic merit. These factors combine to make the City of Oaks an ideal destination for your vacation.

Hotels in Raleigh

Accommodation in Raleigh tends to be great value, offering excellent facilities and a southern welcome. Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown and Raleigh Marriott City Center are 2 top-rated hotels in downtown Raleigh, perfect for those who want to be close to the action. The best deals on Raleigh hotels can be found just outside the city center, so visitors should check out places like the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley for more great rooms at an affordable price. Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills is another cost-effective option for families or groups, offering self-catering apartments just a 15-minute drive from downtown.

Things to see in Raleigh

Raleigh’s many museums are indicative of the city’s pride in its key role in American history. The NC Museum of History traces the story of Raleigh from its beginnings as state capital in 1792 through the Civil War to the present day. The neighboring Museum of Natural Sciences building is also well worth visiting, if only to get a glimpse of its colossal outdoor globe! Those more into the outdoors can take the bus to William B. Umstead State Park to hike and bike on one of its multi-use trails; this 5,599-acre park also has 3 lakes where the public can go fishing or hire a canoe. If you’re lucky enough to be around during hockey season, seeing the Carolina Hurricanes play at the city’s beloved PNC Arena is an unmissable Raleigh experience. Afterwards, head to Glenwood South to see why this area’s outstanding restaurants and buzzing bars have become the focal point of downtown Raleigh’s nightlife scene.

Good for business travelers and shoppers

Modern-day Raleigh is at the center of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, a zone comprising 4 towns and cities and a high concentration of technology and life science companies. Add the 2 major highways connecting it to surrounding towns and a wide range of corporate hotels, and it’s no surprise that the city is a favorite among business travelers. Shoppers, too, will find a lot to like in Raleigh: as well as popular local stalwart Cameron Village Mall, the downtown area boasts a wealth of unique boutiques and art galleries. The central City Market houses quirky shops and restaurants for fashionistas and foodies alike, and the Raleigh Flea Market is perfect for some weekend bargain-hunting.

How to get to Raleigh

Getting to Raleigh from Raleigh-Durham International Airport is easy; passengers can take the Triangle Transit No. 100 bus to South Salisbury St. in around 40 minutes, and visitors arriving at Raleigh Amtrak station can get downtown in 5 minutes on the No. 21 bus. It’s also simple to get around Raleigh using the city’s transport system—the R-LINE bus offers travelers free transport within the downtown area, and the GoRaleigh public bus service takes visitors to areas further afield. Those who get tired of walking can also hire a Raleigh rickshaw to negotiate the city center!