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Right Now in Raleigh

As the official destination organization for Raleigh, N.C., we have the well-being of all visitors and residents of Wake County as our highest priority. We have been and will continue to gather information working with local, state and national agencies and encourage...

The days are longer, the weather is warmer and the flowers are blooming—sure signs of spring in the Raleigh area! The perfect season to explore parks and gardens budding with colorful flowers, use this list to get out and enjoy sunshine and the beauty of the City of...

One of the state's most highly anticipated exhibits of 2021 is ready to 'wow' visitors at the North Carolina Museum of Art this spring and summer in Raleigh, N.C.! In its first appearance at an American art museum, Golden Mummies of Egypt features eight extraordinary,...

From free museums to outdoor gems, this "essentials itinerary" is the best way to plan for a day, a weekend or a week in the City of Oaks. Time to explore!

Artist Linda Dallas

Linda Dallas

Linda Dallas's Art Studio

Raleigh, N.C., artist and illustrator Linda Dallas draws inspiration from the kitchen, using color, texture and perspective to transform food into fine art.

“Creativity doesn't just live in the arts. Creativity lives in business. Creativity lives in science. That is what makes for a Smart City.”

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Good Eats in Raleigh

Whether you're digging into a plate of Carolina barbecue, meeting new friends at a brewery taproom or completing a tasting tour of treats at a giant food hall, there's often no better way to get to know a destination than through food and drinks. Here you'll find a roundup of the best restaurants, coffee shops and breweries that opened their doors this year. We hope you'll support them in some way—grab a meal, say hello, tell a friend (and please wear a mask and keep your distance while doing so!).

While sunny summer days have given way to crisp autumn air, outdoor dining in the Raleigh area is still ramping up. With many diners looking to support local restaurants in a safe manner, takeout meals and outdoor eats are as important as ever right now. That's why...

For late-night eats and chow-down feasts, sometimes you just need a really good burger. Below are some of the best of the best in the Raleigh area—from classic smashburgers to a Dominican-style favorite. Let's dig in!

Renowned third-generation pitmaster and James Beard Award semifinalist Sam Jones just opened a new restaurant in downtown Raleigh, serving the same whole-hog 'cue that's helped make North Carolina a barbecue mecca. The new namesake restaurant is one of America's most anticipated restaurant openings in 2021, and is just one of a handful of big name barbecue joints slated to open this year in the City of Oaks.

Cheetie Kumar
Cheetie Kumar music

Cheetie Kumar

Garland, KINGS and Neptunes Parlour

For Garland restaurant owner Cheetie Kumar, music, food and creating a good time go hand in hand. The rocker-turned-restaurateur has her hands full as head chef at Garland while still taking center stage as guitarist in her band, Birds of Avalon.

“You can hang out in Raleigh and walk around and hit a bunch of different spots that are very well-thought-out and beautifully executed.”


 

The Great Outdoors in Raleigh

The Neuse River Greenway Trail—a 30-mile paved, uninterrupted greenway that stretches from Falls Lake in North Raleigh to the Wake County line in southeast Raleigh—is a year-round haven for outdoor recreation. With views of historic sites as well as winding boardwalk...

A brand new, functional piece of art awaits visitors inside William B. Umstead State Park. A fallen red oak tree—approximately 25 feet long and several feet high—has been transformed by artists Jerry Redi and Randy Boni of Smoky Mountain Art. In mid-Nov., the pair spent...

The great outdoors are still great. That statement rings true in the Raleigh area more than ever right now as the area's parks, greenways, lakes, favorite hammock spots and other outdoor spaces have been a welcome escape from homes, office buildings, cars and crowds...

Via Cary Magazine, "the devil's in the details" at the new Diavolo at New Hope Disc Golf course in Cary, N.C., providing a challenging, competition-level layout that will test players of all skill. Opened in 2020, the course was recently named one of the world's best!

Daniel Dhers

Daniel Dhers

Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex

As a five-time X Games gold medalist, Daniel knows a thing or two about designing a world-class training facility, which is evident in the impressive 37,000-square-foot Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex that opened its doors in Holly Springs in 2014.

“One of the things I like the most about Raleigh is that the people don’t just come here to sit and wait for things to happen–they are getting up and making things happen.”

Hidden Gems in Raleigh

At this modern-day motor lodge in the land of the longleaf pine, mid-century charm meets Tar Heel State-inspired design to create the perfect respite in downtown Raleigh. Just steps from award-winning restaurants and world-class museums, the Longleaf Hotel opened in 2020 and has quickly become a go-to choice for discerning travelers looking for a unique experience in the City of Oaks.

A major new work of art made its debut at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2018. First put on display for the public as part of "You Are Here"—a ticketed exhibit that attracted more than 100,000 visitors from all 50 states to the museum in Raleigh, N.C.—"Light of...

One of America's most spectacular gardens—a secret among some locals but a sanctuary to plant lovers around the world—is open to the public just eight weekends per year in Raleigh, N.C. Located 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh, Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a...

Founded as the new state capital in 1792, Raleigh, N.C., is a natural playground for history lovers. Read about and visit these 20-plus sites to kickstart an experience through the area's past and present stories, sites and people. You'll find historic homesteads, important parks and gardens, renowned institutions and museums that reveal a peak at more than 200 years of Tar Heel State history.

Lionel Vatinet
La Farm Bakery

Lionel Vatinet

La Farm Bakery

Lionel Vatinet has traveled the world learning to bake fantastic breads. When he decided to plant roots, he chose Cary, and opened La Farm. In the past two decades, La Farm has grown to three locations—all bringing European-style baked goods to a hungry community.

“There’s a warmth in Raleigh that will make you want to come back to solve the mystery of such a beautiful place.”


 

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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