The Smithsonian of the South is a vibrant city in a park-like setting.
Nicknamed the Smithsonian of the South because of its wealth of museums and cultural attractions, Raleigh, North Carolina, also boasts parks, lakes and a network of greenway trails, spanning 180 total miles. Add Southern hospitality and an award-winning food scene to this incredibly well-rounded mix and you’ll see why it makes the “best places” lists — for college, retirement and, we’d add, vacation.
- Capital District
- Fayetteville Street District
- Glenwood South District
- Warehouse District
This Raleigh neighborhood is home to gracious historic architecture and iconic public landmarks such as the state’s natural sciences and history museums.
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Fayetteville Street District
The North Carolina State Capitol and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts frame Raleigh’s main business district. There are music and arts festivals along this corridor, plus restaurants, bars and galleries.
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Glenwood South District
For some of the area’s most progressive dining and drinking concepts, head to this neighborhood north of the Warehouse District and west of downtown. The Raleigh Beer Garden is a Guinness World Record holder for the largest beer selection in the entire world!
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Take a Hike and Hit the Raleigh Beer Trail
Explore the great outdoors on a day of urban hiking (and craft-beer drinking) along the Raleigh Beer Trail. Use the evening to start getting acquainted with the fabulous local food and drink scene.
Visit the Museums
Take in art and history at a few of Raleigh’s cultural institutions and museums. A picnic in what’s arguably the most aesthetically pleasing park in the area is a fine way to spend the afternoon.
Eat (and Shop) Your Way Around Downtown Raleigh
Shop, eat, peruse and wander through the up-and-coming neighborhoods around downtown Raleigh, cheer on the women’s professional soccer team and round things out with a night at a famous Raleigh steakhouse.
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