About the Raleigh, NC area

Overview of Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, a short 2 hours from the beach and about 3 hours from the mountains. Raleigh is North Carolina’s State Capital and is a bustling area! Nestled between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, “The Triangle” is the Research Triangle Park. This area encompasses miles of office parks and manufacturing facilities. The city is part of Wake County. The population of Raleigh is 423,179 people. You might hear Raleigh referred to at times as “The City of Oaks.” Raleigh is typically referenced in four different regions by locals. There is… The Raleigh Metro Area, Old Raleigh, West Raleigh, and North Raleigh. Raleigh-nc-SkyLine

#8 Among America’s 50 Best Cities to Live (Cary) – 24/7 Wall St., September 2014
#2 Among 2014’s Most Educated Cities (Raleigh MSA) – WalletHub, September 2014
#1 Among The U.S. Cities Attracting The Most Families (Raleigh MSA) – Forbes, September 2014
#2 Among America’s 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals (Raleigh) – Forbes, August 2014
Among America’s Coolest Cities 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, August 2014
#4 Among Top 10 Happiest Metropolitan Areas (Raleigh) – University of British Columbia, July 2014
#1 Among The Best Places for Business and Careers 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, July 2014
#3 Among 10 Least Stressed Out Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, June 2014
#3 Among 10 Fastest Growing Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, March 2014
#6 Among Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations (Raleigh) – Hotwire, March 2014
#2 Among America’s 20 Fastest-Growing Cities (Raleigh) – Forbes, February 2014
#13 Among The 15 U.S. Cities that are Driving the Future (Raleigh-Cary) – Business Insider, January 2014
#9 Among U.S. Regions to Watch in 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, January 2014

Raleigh History

Founded as North Carolina’s state capital in 1792, Raleigh reaps many rewards for history lovers. Visit the State Capitol building to learn about secret rooms, ghost stories and the principles upon which the State of North Carolina was founded… while viewing George Washington in a Roman toga!

Historic Oakwood is a Victorian-style neighborhood and features an old graveyard full of once-prominent Raleigh area figures. Among several historic homes to tour is the North Carolina Executive Mansion, which was constructed entirely of materials from our state.

If you really want to taste the history of the area, stop in a local tavern and try the Cherry Bounce, an alcoholic beverage that played a key role in determining where the state’s capital would be relocated. Read More at www.visitraleigh.com/things-to-do/history

Raleigh and Nearby Attractions

North Carolina State Capital
North Carolina State University
Brier Creek Commons
Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Neuse River Trail
Mordecai Historic Park
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Pullen Park
​North Carolina Museum of Art
​PNC Arena
Raleigh Convention Center