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International Travel to Raleigh, N.C.


Vibrant diversity meets Southern hospitality in North Carolina’s capital
 

North Carolina’s capital city is a gem of the South. Mingle with Raleigh, N.C.'s diverse locals in award-winning restaurants and bars truly redefining Southern hospitality and cuisine. Culture buffs will love the city’s free world-class museums, arts and cultural attractions, hence its nickname, “Smithsonian of the South.” Put on your dancing shoes, as Raleigh boasts tons of dynamic live music festivals of all genres. With direct, daily flights into Paris and London and being just a short drive to Atlantic Ocean beaches and the tallest mountains in the eastern United States, Raleigh truly is East Coast, Made Easy.
 


 



 

Right Now in Raleigh, N.C.

Things to Do

Explore what the Raleigh area has to offer without breaking the bank! Here are 30-plus free (or nearly free) experiences and attractions that can anchor any trip to the area. William B. Umstead State Park N.C.’s most visited state park maintains its status as a...

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Raleigh, N.C., is a booming metropolis that offers a big city feel with Southern charm. It's a smart, modern-meets-historic destination that has a lot to offer and no matter what path you choose...

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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...

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Note, Sept. 17: Due to COVID-19, the hours or operational status of some of the items below have changed. We have included current information as of today, but please check websites or social media to...

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Located just east of Raleigh in the town of Wendell, Robertson Millpond Preserve is a hidden, 85-acre refuge for nature lovers, canoeists and kayakers. Opened to the public in 2015, the blackwater...

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Note, April 28: While Raleigh, Wake County and the state of N.C. are under stay-at-home orders until at least May 8, outdoor exercise is allowed, essential businesses are open and all of the murals below are accessible to the public. If you stumble upon one—or even create your own mural tour for a

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Hosting a small family gathering for Thanksgiving? Visiting friends and family in the Raleigh area? It's important to have safe and fun things to do—both for your own physical and mental well-being and in consideration of those around you. Most museums,...

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Note: This article was first published in Nov. 2017. This incredible piece of art has been kept in immaculate condition and is worth the hike! A brand new, functional piece of art awaits visitors...

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Note: Authored by David Menconi, this piece has been produced in partnership with Raleigh Arts. Menconi's latest book, "Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from...

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