Raleigh, N.C., awaits. Make your food-filled escape.

Break your routine and escape to Raleigh, N.C., to savor delicious dishes, from gooey mac ‘n’ cheese to mouthwatering barbecue and everything in between. And while you're not chowing down at nationally recognized restaurants, revel in favorite festivals. Explore world-class museum exhibits. Immerse yourself in unscripted signature experiences and so much more.

Dig deep into the destination with the many things to do, places to eat, events to attend and more that await you.

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Raleigh, N.C., Trip Ideas

Get Poole's Diner details plus the scoop on more smart, stylish and inviting restaurants from Chef Ashley Christensen. Focus is on the food, which is seasonal, simple and precisely executed, using a bounty of fresh ingredients, many grown on artisanal farms or harvested...

La Farm honors the ordinary, yet extraordinary, boulangeries that once flourished in every little town in France. Their loaves are hand-crafted daily in a variety flavors, shapes and sizes, and along with artisan breads, La Farm also offers pastries, desserts, baked...

Barbecue. Barbeque. Bar-B-Que. BBQ. No matter how you spell it, we can agree on one thing—with a plate of ‘cue in hand, all is right with the world. Barbecue in Raleigh, N.C., is treated a little differently. We eat it in restaurants, at college-football and NHL-hockey...

Raleigh’s food scene? It’s thriving. Evolving. More diverse than ever, thanks to tasty endeavors from a community that’s passionate about good eats and drinks. Just some of the recent accolades: One of America’s hottest food cities (Zagat); one of the most underrated...

Raleigh’s food scene? It’s booming. Thriving. Better than ever, thanks to tasty endeavors from a community that’s passionate about good eats and drinks. The recent accolades: One of America’s hottest food cities (Zagat); one of the most underrated food cities on the...

Raleigh, N.C., has a lot of live-performance venues in its downtown district, but the one that consistently puts on the widest diversity of entertainment is the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts. The venue dates all the way back to 1932 and the depths of...

The last five seasons have been a heck of a ride for the Carolina Hurricanes. Owner Tom Dundon purchased the franchise in late 2017, former Canes player Rod Brind'Amour was brought on as head coach just a handful of months later, the team made five straight playoff...

Often dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South" thanks to an abundance of free museums, historic attractions and educational institutions, Raleigh, N.C., has long been known as a budget-friendly family getaway destination for those in the Tar Heel State and beyond (Southern...

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Dive into Raleigh's culture with guided Signature Experiences, a curated collection of unscripted tours and hands-on encounters designed to take you "backstage" and alongside the locals who live it and breathe it every day.

“People-First Experiences are meant to be true, authentic representations of the people and places that create them.”

Enjoy a downtown Raleigh brewery and scenic overlooks for a session in painting skylines (booking available upon request) View More

Learn the art of crocheting, out and about at cookie shops, parks and more fun locations (booking available upon request) View More

Learn the basics of stamping on metal to create personalized accessories and gifts (booking available upon request) View More

Learn about the craft of blending and distilling in this behind-the-scenes tour (booking available upon request) View More


Transfer Co. Food Hall header and "booming food scene"/Whiskey Kitchen photos, Brian Strickland; Signature Experiences larger photo, David Kuhn