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.
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Explore Raleigh

  • Capital District
  • Fayetteville Street District
  • Glenwood South District
  • Warehouse District

Capital District


This Raleigh neighborhood is home to gracious historic architecture and iconic public landmarks such as the state’s natural sciences and history museums.

Known For

Museums, Government , Architecture , Restaurants

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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.

Known For

Business , Dining, Nightlife, Galleries , History , Culture

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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!

Known For

Nightlife, Restaurants

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Warehouse District


With a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, tech incubators, a brewery galleries, shops and restaurants, this mixed-use Raleigh neighborhood of repurposed warehouses is creative, vibrant and ahead of every curve.

Known For

Museums, Shopping, Dining, Tech

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Feast on Cuisine and Culture in Raleigh, North Carolina

A small lake surrounded by rocks and trees

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.

An exterior view of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences conservatory

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.

A table full of breakfast foods

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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