RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the RDU/Brier Creek area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun. Two of the largest concentrations, Brier Creek Commons and Alexander Place Promenade, offer a premium collection of national names in shopping, dining and entertainment.

RDU International Airport, a recently expanded, world-class air travel facility, is located about 15 miles from downtown Raleigh and was recently ranked #3 in a North America Airport Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power and Associates.

Popular with kids of all ages, RDU Observation Park provides sweeping views of the airport’s 10,000-foot runways and is located near the Air Traffic Control Tower. Watch take-offs and landings while listening to pilot-to-tower communications on the audio speakers located on the elevated observation platform.

Brier Creek Commons is an open-air lifestyle center, combining sought-after national retailers with unique specialty shops,... View More

Stroll nature trails or walk along 22 miles of hiking trails meandering through forest. Also offered are camping, picnicking,... View More

Lynnwood Brewing Concern's (LBC's) original brewery location at Lynnwood Grill in North Raleigh pumps out quality brews every... View More

A family-owned institution for over 50 years, serving certified Angus Beef, aged in house. This award-winning steakhouse has one... View More

To escape the noise and find serenity in the outdoors, William B. Umstead State Park allows you to explore nature paths or walk along 22 miles of hiking trails meandering through the forest. Also offered are camping, picnicking, canoe rentals, fishing, a visitor center nature study and 13 miles of horseback-riding and mountain-biking trails.

Not far down the road is the acclaimed Angus Barn restaurant. A family-owned institution for more than 50 years, Angus Barn serves Certified Angus Beef, aged in-house. This award-winning steakhouse has one of the largest wine cellars in the country and also includes the lively Wild Turkey Lounge, which is open daily with a light menu and full bar selection of beer, wine and fine spirits.

Three of the area's several dozen craft breweries call the Brier Creek area home, including Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Sumit Vohra’s Lonerider Brewing Company and Gizmo Brew Works. Lynnwood Brewing Concern is located within Lynnwood Grill, featuring one of Raleigh’s most popular rooftop decks, while Lonerider has become one of Raleigh’s fastest-growing craft beer producers, offering weekly tours and tastings. Gizmo is a small brewery and tap house with a welcoming, neighborhood feel.

Sumit Vohra
Lonerider Brewing Company

Sumit Vohra

Lonerider Brewing Company

More than 10 years ago, Sumit Vohra quit his day job and started doing what he was passionate about: crafting high-quality, great tasting ales. Today, Lonerider Brewing Company is hailed as one of the country's best beer-makers.

“We have a West Texas-themed brewery in Raleigh, making a German-style Hefeweizen, run by a guy from India. I think that explains the diversity of what Raleigh is about.”

Areas of Raleigh

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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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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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One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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