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

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...

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...

It's a great time to be a foodie in Raleigh. Three highly anticipated dining spots—with incredible food, views and décor—have opened their doors in recent months (and the accolades have already started to roll in). For date nights, celebrations or just a treat-yourself...

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, N.C., keeps adding happy occasions to the calendar. Festivals and major events serve an important purpose—they mark history and sense of pride, plus they showcase talent, creativity and culture, delicious foods and beverages (and some surprises, too!). Make...

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 on your visit, we know you'll be energized by the fired-up cultural...

Tried-and-true recipe for a great time: a dash of warm weather, a heap of live music and plenty of good friends. With a jam-packed schedule of open-air tunes, we've put together your guide to the venues and concert series that make up more than 100 outdoor concerts in...

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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

Enjoy a guided, curated mezcal tasting at the first mezcal bar in the Southeast (booking available upon request) View More


Transfer Co. Food Hall header photo, Brian Strickland; Signature Experiences larger photo, David Kuhn