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So long summer, hello fall! Show of hands—who's ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, tailgating parties, N.C. State Fair adventures, museum exploring and all pumpkin everything? We have big plans for the coming months in Raleigh, N.C.! To jump-start your plans and...

There’s a pretty good reason why Raleigh, N.C., has earned the nickname the “Smithsonian of the South.” Only here can you admire the Southeast’s largest collection of Rodin sculptures in a beautiful...

Morgan Street Food Hall, measuring 22,000 square feet inside a re-purposed warehouse, provides a unique dining experience from a wide variety of local chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors. The first of...

Looking for a fun spot to spend a night on the town in Raleigh, N.C.? These bars, all with unique features and their own character, are some of the most popular, most loved-by-locals and sometimes...

When the leaves start falling, some amazing arts events pop up all over the Raleigh area. From the celebrated art of Ernie Barnes and Georgia O’Keefe, to world-class bluegrass, to spectacular Chinese...

Barbecue. Barbeque. Bar-b-que. BBQ. No matter how you spell it, we can agree on one thing: with a plate of barbecue in hand, all is right with the world. We treat barbecue a little differently here in North Carolina. Equal parts art, tradition, religion and celebration, barbecue is something to be taken seriously, made lovingly, laughed over and shared. We eat it in restaurants, at college football tailgates, in backyards and at church picnics, washed down with sweet tea, next to family and friends and strangers. We’ll argue about our favorite styles and the merits of this sauce or that, but in the end it’s barbecue—an essential part of North Carolina’s DNA.

Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha
Brewery Bhavana

Vansana

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Vanvisa Nolintha

Brewery Bhavana and Bida Manda

Born in Laos, siblings Van and Vanvisa Nolintha founded two thriving businesses in downtown Raleigh. Bida Manda is a Laotian restaurant specializing in the flavors of their childhood, while Brewery Bhavana is a brewery, bookstore, flower shop and dim sum restaurant all in one.

“There is so much passion and commitment to Raleigh, there’s an optimism and hope that’s really contagious.”

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Dining & Drinks

When it comes baked goods, the Raleigh area truly rises to the occasion. An upper crust of sorts, some of our favorite selections below excel in baking the best loaves of bread, the most delectable desserts and the most positively sinful pastries. Whether you’re a carb connoisseur or a casual

Things to Do

Do you get jazzed about finding truly-unique (and totally-cool) things from bygone eras? Maybe a first-pressed vinyl from your favorite ‘70s band, a rare Spiderman comic or a Star Wars action...

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Roll call—who likes it hot? We’ve rounded up 10 of the hottest foods (literally!) in the Raleigh area for all of the heat lovers out there. From face-melting hot chicken wings to an ice...

Dining & Drinks

Raleigh, N.C.'s cocktail culture is as vibrant as ever. From sophisticated speakeasies to local neighborhood hangouts, a well-crafted drink—perfect for a warm, sunny day or an intimate...

Sports & Recreation

There's no shortage of ways to find peaceful escapes in order to explore the outdoors in the City of Oaks. Use any of the Raleigh area’s 180 miles of greenways—many of them...

Dining & Drinks

Nothing says Southern hospitality quite like Southern comfort food, and the Raleigh area dishes up some of the best around. Here’s the scoop on a few of our favorites—what they are, where to find them and how to eat them! Fried chicken We’re always...

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh is home to seven different areas, each with their own personalities and stand-out things to do. Plus, there are 11 charming towns in the Raleigh area to explore!

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Downtown Raleigh

Historic neighborhoods, museums, Southern diners and global eats, green spaces, performance venues, breweries and nightlife spots work together to create one incredible, cultural hotspot.

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East Raleigh

Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow with historic neighborhoods, two distilleries, family-fun facilities and restaurants serving up delicious, down-home Southern food.

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Midtown Raleigh

Includes four, different shopping, entertainment and dining areas all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood.

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North Raleigh

Home to hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment is easy to find as well as fun, outdoor things to do

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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Apex

Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940.

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Cary

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, the Town of Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Fuquay-Varina

Originally, visitors traveled to the quaint town seeking the healing powers of its mineral spring. Today the town remains a rewarding place for day-trip adventures or weekend getaways.

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Garner

Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Knightdale

Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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Morrisville/RTP

A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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Rolesville

As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Wendell

Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Zebulon

Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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