WHAT IS THE RALEIGH, N.C., AREA?
The Raleigh area encompasses the 12 municipalities in Wake County from A to Z--as in Apex to Raleigh to Zebulon. Raleigh is N.C.'s state capital with a population of more than 451,066 while Wake County boasts some 1,024,198 residents and Cary is the seventh-largest city in the state.
WHAT IS THE TRIANGLE OR RESEARCH TRIANGLE?
It is a term first coined to refer to the proximity of three major research universities and to The Research Triangle Park founded in their midst... North Carolina State University, the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham. Since then, the Triangle has also been broadened to refer to the three college cities--Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Often today, it is used to refer to the eight-county Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area, a Census laborshed, or to the seven-county Triangle J Council of Governments planning region. Another economic development group, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, defines the Triangle as a 13-county region. No matter the definition being used, the Triangle always includes Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh at its core.
WHERE IS RDU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATED?
RDU is located along the western edge of Wake County, nearest to Morrisville, The Research Triangle Park and Cary: it is midway between downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham. RDU is co-owned by the cities of Raleigh and Durham and Wake and Durham counties. It is operated by the RDU Airport Authority.
WHAT AIRLINES FLY INTO RALEIGH?
RDU International Airport offers service by nine major carriers. There are non-stop international flights from Cancun, London and Toronto and service more than 40 destinations among the 350 daily flights.
WHICH HOTELS OFFER AIRPORT SHUTTLES?
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HOW MANY SQUARE FEET OF EXHIBIT SPACE DOES THE RALEIGH CONVENTION CENTER HAVE?
Sun-drenched and LEED Silver-Certified, the Raleigh Convention Center has 150,000 square feet of exhibit space and 212,000 square feet of overall rentable space. The center has 500,000 total square feet under its roof. Click here for more details on the facility.
HOW MANY TOTAL SQUARE FEET FOR THE LARGEST MEETING HOTEL IN THE RALEIGH AREA?
The 338-room Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown offers more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space all on one level. The 353-room Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the 273-suite Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle each provide 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Click here for more meeting facility details.
WHAT ARE THE LUXURY HOTELS?
Three luxury or upscale hotels have come online in recent years: The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel and Raleigh Marriott City Center.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The mild year-round climate makes Raleigh an ideal destination for meetings any time of year. This climate is also conducive to year-round golfing opportunities. Learn more.
HOW IS THE GOLF?
When it comes to golf destinations, the state of N.C. ranks among the most recognized in the world. With widely recognized areas such as Pinehurst and the surrounding Sandhills, Brunswick County just north of S.C.’s Grand Strand and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tar Heel State can hold its own in any bragging-rights debate on the quality of its links. But N.C.'s ace-in-the hole in any such discussion is the quality of golf in and around its metropolitan areas. Chief among those is the Raleigh area and its 20-plus public courses that can be enjoyed year-round. Click here for more details.
TELL ME ABOUT THE RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE.
The Raleigh area is home to a wide array of dining experiences that cover the globe in style and cuisine. From bistros to brewpubs to traditional Southern fare, the area offers great restaurants and authentic atmosphere. And with more than 200 restaurants and clubs in downtown Raleigh alone, you can easily sample a range of lively nightspots and entertainment districts like Moore Square, Glenwood South or the Warehouse District. Catch a live performance by a local band, dance the night away or hear a comedian at one of several comedy clubs. Here are more restaurant information and nightlife highlights.
IS RALEIGH A UNION TOWN?
No. N.C. overall is a "Right To Work" state.