Area Accolades

There's no doubt that, when looking at a "Best of" list, you'll see Raleigh, N.C., right near the top. To toot our own horn, a few of our recent accolades include being named "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health... not to mention GQ named us one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named us one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." Discover for yourself why N.C.'s capital city is praised in the press as one of the best places in the nation to live, work and play.

Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for its partnership in collecting these Raleigh/Wake rankings.

2017 
  • Best Connected Medium Sized Airport (RDU International Airport) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Center for Aviation, May 2017
  • #1 Among 2016 Best New Breweries (Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2017
  • #1 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #6 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #8 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #9 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #14 Fastest Growing Metro in U.S. (Raleigh) - U.S. Census Bureau, March 2017
  • Among Best Bread Bakeries in the South (La Farm Bakery, Cary) - USA TODAY, March 2017
  • 2017 Five-Diamond Hotel Award (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Five-Diamond Restaurant Award (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Four-Diamond Hotel Award (Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Four-Diamond Restaurant Award (Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern) - AAA, January 2017
  • Among 34 of the Best New Breweries in the U.S. (Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary) - BeerAdvocate, January 2017
  • Among Top 10 Boomtowns of 2016 (Cary and Raleigh) - SmartAsset, January 2017
  • Among 12 Top Destinations of 2017 (Raleigh) - Forbes Travel Guide, January 2017
  • #22 Among Most Caring Cities in America (Raleigh) - WalletHub, January 2017
2016 
  • #19 Among The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016 (Raleigh) - Zagat, November 2016
  • #6 Among Top 10 Beer Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh) - Infogroup, November 2016
  • #33 Among Top 100 Independents (Angus Barn) - Restaurant Business, November 2016
  • 2016 Platinum Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Smart Meetings, December 2016
  • Gold Medal in American-Style Black Ale Category (Black IPA at Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2016
  • Gold Medal in International-Style Pale Ale Category (Drop Bear Australian Pale Ale at Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2016
  • Among Six Best Big Cities: Best in the Southeast (Raleigh) - Money Magazine, September 2016
  • #19 Among Top 50 Running Cities in America (Raleigh) - Runner's World, September 2016
  • #13 Among 25 Best Museums in America (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Business Insider, August 2016
  • Among World's Top 125 Buildings (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Architectural Record, August 2016
  • #5 Among Top 10 Most Hospitable U.S. Cities (Raleigh) - Successful Meetings, August 2016
  • #3 Among Best Midsize Metros for Job Seekers (Raleigh) - American Institute for Economic Research, July 2016
  • 2016 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Meetings & Conventions, July 2016
  • #8 Among America's Friendliest Cities (Raleigh) - Travel and Leisure, July 2016
  • Among 10 Restaurants of the Year (Death & Taxes) - Food & Wine, June 2016
  • 2016 Pinnacle Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Successful Meetings, June 2016
  • #9 Among 2016 America's Favorite Cities (Raleigh) - Travel and Leisure, May 2016
  • Among 2016 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Corporate & Incentive Travel, May 2016
  • #1 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #6 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #7 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #11 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #6 Among Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere (42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Raleigh) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2016
  • 2016 Five-Star Rating Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Five-Star Rating Award in restaurants category (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Four-Star Rating Award in spas category (The Umstead Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Five-Diamond Hotel Award (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2016
  • 2016 Readers' Choice Award (Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Raleigh) - SportsEvents Magazine, January 2016
  • #1 Among Best Hotels in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News and World Report, January 2016
  • Best restaurant in N.C. (Bida Manda, Raleigh) - Business Insider, January 2016
  • #1 Among Best Cities for Men Who Want to Be Fit and Happy (Raleigh) - Men's Health, January 2016
  • Among National Eater 38: Where to Eat in 2016 (Poole's Diner, Raleigh) - Eater, January 2016
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