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 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 area 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.
 

2019

  • Bronze Winner for Best CVBs/DMOs (Regional) in the Southeast (Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visit Raleigh) - The Stella Awards, November 2019
  • #14 Among America’s Top 150 Most Dynamic Urban Centers (Raleigh) - Point2 Homes, November 2019
  • #5 Among America’s Top 10 Most Dynamic Mid-Sized Cities (Raleigh) - Point2 Homes, November 2019
  • 2019 Platinum Choice Award Winner (Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visit Raleigh) - Smart Meetings, October 2019
  • The Best Weekend Getaways Near Atlanta: Best Food Getaway (Raleigh) - Thrillist, October 2019
  • 2020 Center of Excellence (Raleigh Convention Center) - EXHIBITOR Magazine, October 2019
  • #5 Among 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study (RDU International Airport) - J.D. Power, September 2019
  • Most Instagrammable Restaurants in America (Brewery Bhavana) - Food Network, September 2019
  • Among 50 Nominees for America's Best New Restaurants 2019 (Benchwarmer's Bagels) - Bon Appétit, September 2019
  • Among 50 Nominees for America's Best New Restaurants 2019 (Heirloom Brewshop) - Bon Appétit, September 2019
  • Named NC's First Monarch Town USA (Wake Forest) - Monarch City USA, August 2019
  • Among 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors Across America (Two Roosters Ice Cream) - USA TODAY 10Best, July 2019
  • #4 Among 6 Incredible U.S. Cities Hiding in Plain Sight (Raleigh) - Matador Network, July 2019
  • Most Educated City Award for the State of North Carolina (Raleigh) - Insurify, July 2019
  • Silver medal in Scottish Ale category (Scott's View at Compass Rose Brewery) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Bronze medal in West Coast IPA category (Tidal Break IPA at Compass Rose Brewery) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Silver medal in American Style Fruit Beer category (DreamCycle at Crank Arm Brewing) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Silver medal in American IPA category (R&D Brewing's Seven Saturdays IPA) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Silver medal in International Style Pilsner Lager category (R&D Brewing's Riviera Lager) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Bronze medal in the Fruit IPA category (R&D Brewing's Remix) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Sliver medal in English Brown Ale category (Sweet Josie at Lonerider Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Bronze medal in International Style Pale Ale category (Tropikol IPA at Southern Peak Brewery, Apex) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2019
  • Among Three Best Day Trips from Charlotte (Raleigh and Cary) - Condé Nast Traveler, June 2019
  • #26 Among 30 Best Restaurants in America (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - USA TODAY, April 2019
  • Greenest City Award for the State of North Carolina (Morrisville) - Insurify, April 2019
  • Best Driving Vacations (Raleigh) - Columbus Monthly, March 2019
  • #1 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #6 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #7 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #8 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #1 Among the Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise (RDU International Airport) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2019
  • #3 Among the Top Cities for the Best Quality of Life in the World (Raleigh) - Numbeo.com, February 2019
  • #2 Among the Most Family-Friendly Cities of 2019 (Raleigh) - Homes.com, February 2019
  • Among the Best Cities for Singles in the United States (Raleigh) - Insurify.com, February 2019
  • Best Festival in North Carolina (Artsplosure) - GO Magazine Members' Choice Awards, January/February 2019
  • #3 Among 2019 Best New Food Halls (Morgan Street Food Hall) - USA TODAY 10Best, January 2019
  • Among Top 5 North Carolina's Pet-Friendly Hotels (Aloft Raleigh) - WRAL, January, 2019
  • #6 Among World's Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019 (Raleigh) - Vinepair, January, 2019